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 fantastic read! It brilliantly captures the essence of growing-up in the late 70s early 80s... what a journey Sedazzari takes his character on ... even though I am female there are so many parallels to my own teenage years: school, bands, Italian family, racism, the Mod and Punk scene. The awkwardness of youth, hanging out with your pals, that first smell of the vinyl record as you take it from its sleeve, tapes and cassettes, it paints the pictures beautifully - It hits the nail on the head!... I was overcome with acute nostalgia it created and evoked many happy memories... A brilliant reference to those times and a well worth read for anyone who has an interest in music and culture of our times. (This is A Modern World!)
With such high praise from John Cooper Clarke and Irvine Welsh, I was really lookingforward 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.