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.
I was seduced by the reviews and also the foreword being scripted by JohnCooper 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.
With such high praise from JohnCooper Clarke and Irvine Welsh, I was really looking forward to reading A Crafty Cigarette. Sadly, it just didn’t do anything for me. It was like an angrier version of Adrian Mole. I found it hard to empathise with our protagonist and any of the things that he was going through as I felt that he put himself in those positions on purpose. I just didn’t get the point of the story.
A Crafty Cigarette – Tales of a Teenage Mod by Matteo Sedazzari is available now.
Oh dear. Although there is everything to like about the subject of this book, for me it was completely ruined by the amateurish writing style. It’s probably tru that everyone of us has a book inside us and it’s great that ebooks have facilitated the democratisation of literature. But even if you have the best story in the world just waiting inside you, unless you can actually write, please find someone else who can to write it for you. The words on the page should be almost invisible to the reader in a well written book but in this they are so incredibly visible. Just painful to read with grammatical errors aplenty, dreadful syntax and poor rhythm. What made it even more disappointing for me was the review by my teenage hero and awesome wordsmith JohnCooper Clarke. How can JCC describe the author’s dreadful drafting as a ‘style’ of writing?
This book is an absolute treat. The foreword is written JohnCooper 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?!