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.
'A Crafty Cigarette' is a brilliant coming-of-age story for anyone who has felt like an outsider growing up in the 1970's and early 1980's. A great first-person narrative, with a hint of sly black comedy from the perspective of a teenager, discovering good music, fashion and literature, as well as the subculture that goes with being a Mod. A very enjoyable read and a great debut by author Matteo Sedazzari.
A beautifully and passionately written coming of age tale set during the explosion of Mod culture in the UK that authentically captures what it is truly like to be a teenager trying to find their own individuality in life away from the textbook of how we’re told how we’re “meant” to be.
Matteo Sedazzari absolutely nails the feeling, the togetherness and the unmistakable buzz of being part of a musical and fashion subculture that lies away from the mainstream of what the rest of the population are doing with their life.
Can’t recommend this book enough. If you were or are a Mod then buy it .... If you weren’t, buy it!
This book is an absolute treat. The foreword is written John Cooper Clarke, an ex-mod himself. It's a powerful coming of age story of an aspiring young mod growing up in a Surrey suburbia during the late 70s and early 80s when the The Jam were at their highest peak. Matteo writes in an unapologetic excited manner that comes from the heart at times i laughed out loud. The mod era was a key time of British History, Thatcher was intoxicating Britain.... and the author was having a crafty cigarette. An absolute joy of a book. Well written, a great trip down ol' memory lane for any mod. I feel there may be a tv adaption coming soon, and if there is n't why is n't there?!