5.0 out of 5 starsA world of possibilities and camaraderie
4 December 2017
I was recently researching a map about the literary scene in Walton-on-Thames and amongst authors/screenwriters/poets like William Thackeray and Dirk Bogarde I found the work of Matteo Sedazzari. It was a delight to find that his book 'A Crafty Cigarette' was not only full of the colour and ambience of the Mod era but also was a humorous and evocative read. Although I had never cruised the streets of Walton on a scooter, nor worn the smart attire of a Mod his book transported back to a time that felt alive, a world of possibilities and camaraderie. Sedazzari was the only living writer we included in the map (commissioned by Elmbridge Council) Walton-on-Thames Literary Walking Map (Elmbridge Map Series) and he deserves his place amongst some of the great authors who have graced the streets of Walton-on-Thames.
3.0 out of 5 starsa good naive scribe as would have been in these times ...
3 October 2016
I was seduced by the reviews and also the foreword being scripted by John Cooper Clarke and being a Mod at the time this was recorded I expected possibly more about the actual scene the author found himself in...a good naive scribe as would have been in these times from a schoolboy though.
Absolutelyloved it! Gave me goosebumps, made me laugh & bits even made me cry! I reminisced, was beautifully reminded & actually learnt a thing or two. As a mum and as someone who music has always meant so much too... I really didn't want it to end... Congratulations, what an absolute triumph. More!
Absolutelyloved reading this book , its one of those books you can't put down , love the way it was written, felt totally honest a relatable and bought back loads of great memories of that time , recommended to mates for sure .
Highly recommended. A brilliant recollection of a unique period of time in music and teenage culture which I personally lived through. The author superbly captures experiences and memories of a teenager of the mod revival generation and is a book any mod or music lover would enjoy reading. Absolutelyloved it.