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.
The book captures the essence of what it was like to grow up during this period. My childhood wasn't quite as explosive but it had its moments. Sedazzari writes simply but effectively. Recommended if you want a snapshot of life in the late 70s/early 80s.
A nicely balanced tale focused on the somewhat niche movement which was the mod revival of the late '70's. I could fully identify with the writer as I was a very similar age and certainly more mod than punk.
Great book really enjoyed reading as grew up near Sudbury and Walton so knew the places he talked about in book. Great descriptive of Mod life and growing up in those times just a bit disappointed at the ending could have car red the story a bit further. Maybe continue with a second book!!!!!