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All The Devils Are Here (Granta Editions) Paperback – 18 Jan 2018
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'This book, the first to do justice to the transcendent weirdness of this boot of land that is not London, should be treasured' -- Iain Sinclair
'The book's rediscovery will hopefully install it as an urtext for the hordes of drifters following in its slipstream... All the Devils are Here outshines most work of a similar ilk by being utterly committed to its subject [...] it is an archaeological dig, an exorcism, an occultist reading of wrong-doings in Rochester, Chatham, Ramsgate, Deal and Margate' --New Statesman
'David Seabrook, it is a pleasure to report, is the real thing' -- Sunday Times
'All the Devils are Here demands to be reread, picked over, endlessly discussed... And yet to know it is somehow not to know anything at all' --Observer
About the Author
David Seabrook was born in 1960 and spent most of his life in Kent, where he studied Proust at the University of Canterbury. A marked outsider, he drew inspiration from artists who operated outside prevailing literary fashion, those who persisted when nobody was listening. His writings ranged from tributes to unheralded authors to studies of tabloid crimes; were all committed to longhand, seldom found any publishing outlet, and are now considered lost. At the turn of the century, the longhand pages of All the Devils Are Here came to Granta's attention and the book was published in 2002. In 2009, Seabrook's body was discovered in his Canterbury flat. He had published only one further work of true crime, Jack of Jumps.
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David Seabrook has a fresh theory on the genesis of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and a glorious putdown for that scrofulous dump Chatham. A ramble through the coastal Kent undergrowth unearths Lord Haw haw and his daughter, John Buchan and the 39 steps, the British Union of Fascists, the drunken decline of Charles Hawtrey and other compulsive predators, TS Elliot, Freddie Mills, and much more.
Full of arcane knowledge and well written, with occasional poetic flourishes. An absorbing page turner that will repay repeat reading.
It's a book that's almost impossible to categorise but, if you're interested in history- especially in the 'back stories' - and in people's lives and connections, then you will enjoy this. Just expect the unexpected!
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