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1948 by [Croft, Andy]
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...there is a beating heart here... It is as if Croft has given Orwell back his original title - but in doing so he has had to remake the universe. Which leaves him room for the really good bit... in which a tired and emotional Winston Smith stumbles upon a book that has been left in his room: none other than 1984 by George Orwell. Now, this being an alternative universe, Orwell's dystopia is not the orginal one described. It becomes pretty clear that the world in his book is our current one; in other words, the neo-liberal, free market world. Not the same nightmare; another one. ... It's at this point that the hairs go up on the back of the neck... --Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

The connection between this dystopic scenario and the current state of the nation in the run-up to brand Olympics as London enters lock-down could hardly be more telling. As an example of political verse, 1948 has to rank as one of the most accomplished achievements of the year so far. Croft and Rowson deserve all the critical plaudits that will surely come their way, as does the enterprising Five Leaves for publishing this work. --Morning Star

It's an audacious tour-de-force in which the writer tells a gripping tale while wrestling manfully with the sonnet form he has imposed on himself. The book, with cartoons by Martin Rowson, echoes George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Orwell's remark that 'writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle', is repeated in the acknowledgments. But Croft emerges a winner. Give the man a gold medal! --David Whetston, The Journal

About the Author

Andy Croft's many books include Red Letter Days and Comrade Heart, a biography of Randall Swingler. He has written five novels and forty-two books for teenagers, mostly about football. He has edited several anthologies of poetry; his own collections include a previous novel in Pushkin sonnets, Ghost Writer. Martin Rowson draws for the Guardian, Tribune, Morning Star, The Independent on Sunday and elsewhere. His books include The Limerickiad, The Dog Allusion, Fuck and Stuff, a memoir of his late parents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8275 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications (30 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087S61N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #910,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I could never hack Byron's Don Juan, but Andy Croft takes the rhyme scheme as his template and runs with it. Rollicking rhymes - summoned/Bulldog Drummond; Red Army/origami; puppy/making whoopee (you have to get the accent right) - and a rattling satiro-parodic yarn combining noir, alt reality and comedy. But flippant? Only if 'This maxim's from a book of Gorky's' floats your boat. Agitprop doesn't come much better than this

Croft's a safe pair of hands. He knows Guernica rhymes with job-seeker and where the stress lies in Akhmatova and Lycidas. He talks of bankers' bonuses 'large as Kronos's' - actually Cronus's, but the boy ain't stupid (nearly as clever, I'll wager, as his collaborator Martin Rowson). Above all his heart beats red. But how, I wonder, has this comparative stripling got to hear of Nora Lofts, Berta Ruck and Boots Libraries? Hue and Cry? Blimey - makes me feel young. This is Andy's second essay in the endangered long poem genre. (Memo: tackle Ghost Writer again.) The gong must surely be in the post
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What a strange yet sustaining book this is. Think 'Fatherland', only with the Russians winning the war. The Pushkin sonnet might sound kind of off-putting, but is actually a tight rhythmical form that moves the novel along at great pace, while allowing room for plenty of amusing digressions. The mystery, which encompasses an Eric Ambler spy, the first London Olympics and a synopsis of Eric Blair's '1984' that sounds oddly prescient, is hokum, of course, but very enjoyable hokum. Croft is a deeply unfashionable poet who is proud of his exclusion, his northernness, and rightly so. Rowson's illustrations are superb. I read it in one sitting, pausing between sections to make it last longer. If you're after fast, funny, furious invective, this book is for you. Thanks to Nicholas Lezard, who made it his book of the week in The Guardian, for the tip.
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For my sins, I guessed
I was cursed, not blessed
To become a poet of sorts
Prone to lyrical thoughts
Writing songs, playing guitar
Performing in some dingy bar
And to earn a another crumb from the crust
Caricaturing folk when needs must
So I found 1948 absolutely sensational
Nothing short of inspirational
Martin Rowson, a favourite from The Digger
( A rag like Private Eye but more colourful and bigger )
Andy Croft's creative, intelligent writing
Yes, this wee book is most exciting
A mini masterpiece I would say
So buy it ..... today ..... go on ..... straight away
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I was very fortunate to have stumbled upon this book, something about the cover art caught my eye and after reading the blurb ordered it. 1948 is a fun somewhat satirical tribute to George Orwell, most of the characters are from Nineteen Eighty Four, such as our "hero" Winston Smith and readers of that book will find a lot to enjoy both in the characters and the descriptions of 1940's London. If you haven't read Nineteen Eight Four though you should still give this a read, at its core is a very fun Noir style mystery plot set on London's Dockyard, you'll be missing out on quite a few details but you shouldn't be confused.

Oh and Andy has packed his verse with a lot of witty jokes and commentary about society and detective stories making each page a delight. The illustrations by Rowson are also quite distinctive, they remind me a bit of the spitting image puppets full of exaggeration of features but re-enforce the tone of the book.
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