on 23 April 2000
I read this book in one (very long) setting nd found it utterly compelling. Kops is much harder on himself than even the most vitriolic unauthorised biographer could ever be and his account of his descent into drug addiction is the most powerful I've ever read.
His first volume of autobiography, The World Is A Wedding, which chronicled his East End upbringing and his first acceptance as a writer, was lyrical and evoked a world that has now disappeared. Shalom Bomb takes up the story from there and is an extraordinary read.
Anyone who has ever wanted to know what makes a writer tick must buy this book