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The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty Hardcover – 21 Jun 2007


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (21 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075288591X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752885919
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The prose is strikingly raw... the cumulative effect is curiously touching. (OBSERVER)

This book is like everything else Pete Doherty has ever done - at times brilliant, at others annoying, but never less than interesting. (SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO)

These diary entries, childhood reminiscenes and prose from 1999 onwards prove that under the drug hoover's brow there's a unique brain. (Q MAGAZINE)

witty and sensitive (SUNDAY TRIBUNE)

there are moments of joy, humourand, of course, real darkness (IRISH EXAMINER)

At times a curiously affecting work, it chronicles Doherty's transitionfrom aspiring poet and flowering teenage talent to a man increasingly fighting to shine through a chemicaly induced haze... Doherty can write beautifully (Steve Cummins IRISH DAILY MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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The remarkable and revealing collected writings of Pete Doherty, from 1999 to the present day - a chance to understand one of the most intriguing personalities around

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lee-Lee on 8 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
It seems odd that a work of literature (and it is just about that) could create such incredibly dramatic responses in todays reader.

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion on Doherty it seems that the vast majority of these reviews are based entirely on that. Yes he does have substance problems, and yes he has created some good music. But surely the review should be on the text?

Right, that said, this book is not one which can easily be picked up and enjoyed by just anyone. A lot of people seem to have said that they read the book in an attempt to 'get' Doherty. That is not what the book is intended for. This really is a work to be read solely by people who love the music he has made. It has nothing to do with 'getting' him. If you do not already like what Pete has done musically then dont buy this book. If you do then you may find it a worthwhile read, just.

I personally like much of his music, though not to the point of worship as some people seem to. Try listening to 'The Blinding Ep' or 'Shotters Nation' if you actually want to give him a chance. This book however is a step too far. He may have won national poetry competitions in his youth and studied English Literature but sadly this does not automattically mean that he is capable of such an ambitious project. I gave this book a chance though, and sadly what I found was a talented song writer trying too hard to be intellectual. However it is safe to say that this is a far better read than much of the 'celebrity' written texts intodays market. Kerry Katona's autobiography anyone?

Give this a miss if you are not already a huge fan of Doherty. If you are not then PLEASE dont read this book, and leave the reviews alone if you haven't read anything further than the 'Daily Star's' opinion on Pete before making your judgement.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Thomas on 19 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Have to say I was confused about the other reviews, they were not helpful in terms of what the book was like, they are more personal opinions of Pete. I found this book to be very unique and beautiful, each page is a copy of Petes books, sometimes his hand writing is hard to read but it adds to the character. As an artist I appricate the kind of sketch book style. You can tell that you have a copy of a very personal part of someones life and it is nice to see how a lyricist works, kind of in the same way an artist uses a sketch book. I highly recommend this book to creative, artistic people.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. S. B. Phillips on 29 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge Doherty fan. I have followed him from the early acoustic days at Filthy McNasties. Danced with joy to both of Libertines albums, the first 'Up The Bracket' probably being my number 1 album of all time. I stuck with him through the spate of no shows during early Babyshambles era. I stuck with through the barely average Down In Albion LP, and have again rejoiced at the slight return to form of 'Shotters Nation'. However I did find the Books Of Albion a difficult read. The first quarter or so was very beautiful and the stories of his travels from Camden to Germany I found quite enchanting. However as the book progresses his hand writing gets so bad it is almost unreadable. Sadly the drugs have affected him hugely and a lot of pages are filled with mindless, pointless ramblings or doodles of crack pipes?? If you want to learn about Peter Doherty I recommend reading Bound Together and/or Last Of The Rock Romantics. I found both these books a more interesting and more informative read. I wanted to fall in love with this book but sadly it proves that Mr Doherty is somewhat lost in his own debauched version on 'Arcady' However if he keeps churning out tunes like Delivery, Carry On Up The Morning and You Talk he can ramble and doodle and basically do whatever he likes....
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T. on 24 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Given the hype surrounding the man and his previous band, and intrigued rather than a fan, I thought this might provide some insight.

Oh, how much more wrong could I have been? Not much.

Apart from the difficulty of transcribing the meanderings mentioned elsewhere - did the editors of the book actually make an effort to think about the reader/user? - it is, put simply and unequivocally, bland, "sixth-form adolescent", posturing in places, and simply bland in most other places.

Disturbingly dull from a man who is supposed to have lived life to a point beyond full. Maybe that is the problem...perhaps he cannot remember what has happened or it means nothing to him. If the latter, fine, but why waste effort and paper putting into the marketplace.

Shame.
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I suppose when we buy a book like this it is to try and get to know the author, and I guess like me you'd have to love peter already before attempting to read this. But saying that reading it through isn't something I have ever attempted to do. Instead it moves around my house from side table to table where on occasions I flick through it, to grasp some insight or beauty that may be lacking from my day.

This book contains many a lucid moments painted as snapshots into peter's daily life, which seem all the more brighter knowing they were written without the knowledge of a future publication. But it's chronology is not its strongest point, and to see it as a novel or autobiography would disguise what it really is - an organic insight into the changing mind of an artist.

Perhaps I'm reading it wrong and not giving it the time it deserves but I have and still do thoroughly enjoy it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Certainly. But as it is - a clippings from a man's diary.
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