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Notebooks of a Naked Youth [Paperback]

Billy Childish
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4 Aug 2005
Highly personal and uncompromising, Notebooks of a Naked Youth is narrated by one William Loveday, an acned youth, possessed of piercing intelligence, acute self-loathing and great personal charm. Over the course of the novel, he leads us through a series of encounters and adventures from industrial North Kent to the sleazy sex clubs of Hamburg's Reeperbahn. A powerful sequel to Childish's first novel My Fault

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Reprint edition (4 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753510170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753510179
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RAW, UNMEDITATED, BRUISINGLY SHOCKING.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A cult-rock icon' John Peel 'A self-made intellectual of a particularly English stripe, Mr Childish has sworn loyalty to populist art at its rawest' New York Times 'Masterful stuff. He is the James Joyce of our time' Bevis Hillier

About the Author

Billy Childish is a poet, painter and garage-rock icon. He has published thirty collections of poetry, recorded over 100 full-length albums and produced over a thousand paintings in a twenty-five year period. Childish continues to write and paint in Chatham.

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2.0 out of 5 stars You and Me Vs The World 9 Jan 2013
This is a brave and outlandish book, the narrator a rather crazed (schizophrenic) and misanthropic character first detailed in the book My Fault. The naked youth of the title, William Loveday, is a victim of child abuse and the power of the book is in the portrayal of the damage such a childhood produces. The problem I had with it is its repetitive nature. Childish certainly achieves great things in producing an authentic voice, but the voice is so jarring against the world that the terse and shocking language and ideas become oppressive and then strangely rather dull. I found the strengths to be the descriptions of the often isolated characters (mostly the elderly) with whom Loveday interacts. In between the venom the narrator holds for them there is understanding and humanity.

The shift in the third part of the book from Kent to Hamburg signals the opportunity for more quirky smut but by then I was just counting the pages till the end. That isn't to say I wouldn't read more of Billy Childish's works- he is daring with his tone and subject matter and that's to be applauded. The book is incredibly difficult to categorise or explain and for that alone I would encourage people to read it. All I would say is brace yourself for discomfort and be aware you might, at times, not know whether to laugh or cry.
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thank you very much.
very fast delivery and my daughter was very pleased.
It was a xmas present and I haven't actually read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain book 5 Aug 2011
Dirt cheap, great nick and fast delivery and that's just Billy Childish. Seriously though, top service and very reasonable. Recommended
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