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 very funny , entertaining read , if you were a young mod in the late seventies you will love it . Totally captures the feeling of discovering mod with a very accurate "attention to detail " . It instantly tookmeback to my youth . Brilliant .
This book tookmeback in time, a great trip down memory lane. Full of nostalgia and laughs, an easy read with lots of incidents and people you could easily relate to. I couldn't put it down because I just didnt want to. FANTASTIC.
This tookmeback in time, like a tardis, to my youth. Some of the characters could have been my friends and enemies. School discos, trips to Carnaby Street. The Jam, RSGs, being chased by the local skins. The laughs, the bands, the clothes, the girls, didn't we have a nice time, oh wasn't it such a fine time...
Very good book, laugh out loud moments. If like me you were at school at this time 79-84, were into the revival, you'll love this book.