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Take it Cool Paperback – 14 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Two Ravens Press (14 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906120668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906120665
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.8 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,167,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lovely Stuff --Ian Rankin

Pinnock writes with verve and humour and gently leads you through his somewhat odd quest, blending information about the records themselves (all singles), the musicians, the producers, the reggae scene and the history of the Pinnocks in Jamaica........This is recommended for fans of UK reggae, music lovers, record collectors, family history aficionados and people interested in Jamaican history and the history of slavery. --Peter Sutton, BRSBKBLOG

Any mention of reggae calls to mind the Conservative politician several decades ago who attempted to boost his street cred by talking about his love of it, but who scuppered all cred by pronouncing it 'Reggie'. I did at least know how to pronounce it, but not much more. My point is that this book is not just for reggae buffs (if that is the term). It is intriguing, unusual and very, very funny. Apart from the main theme, there are riffs on the coolness - or otherwise - of the oboe, a cemetery in Portishead, and the graveyard of Stevenage. Even the secondary theme - the worrying possibility of ancestral involvement in the slave trade - while by no means flippant - still doesn't dampen the wit. And there's a happy ending (and who knows, maybe this book will do for Dennis what 'Searching For Sugarman' did for Rodriguez). I honestly can't think of a better, more off-beat summer read, with maybe 'Total Reggae Summer Vibes' in the background, and a long, cool drink. 'Lovely stuff'. --David Rose, Author

"Take it Cool is like Who Do You Think You Are? spliced with Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees....he makes funny and self-deprecating company" --The Herald, Scotland

"....he makes funny and self-deprecating company" --The Herald, Scotland

This is part-memoir, part investigative journalism, part-comedy. But at its generous heart lies a meaningful middle-aged-coming-of-age story strangely combining music, stamp collecting and family history (complete with skeletons). But it works: think Nick Hornby s novel High Fidelity crossed with an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? And add a dash of Are you Dave Gorman? ....told with a healthy dose of self-depracating wit....you ll be laughing . --Family Tree Magazine

About the Author

Jonathan Pinnock is the author of Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens (Proxima Books, September 2011), and the Scott Prize-winning short story collection Dot Dash (Salt Publishing, November 2012). Dot Dash was favourably reviewed in the Independent on Sunday and was longlisted for both the 2013 Edge Hill Prize and the 2013 Frank O Connor International Short Story Award. He is also the author of the non-fiction work Professional DCOM Application Development (Wrox Press) and co-author of a further twelve books on computer software development. Three of these have been cited in scientific papers, and three chapters of Professional DCOM Application Development have also been re-published by Microsoft Developer Network.


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