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.
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 John Cooper Clarke. How can JCC describe the author’s dreadful drafting as a ‘style’ of writing?