Goodbye to Soho

Goodbye to Soho Business in London s Soho is not going well and the designer menswear shop that Clayton Littlewood runs with his partner Jorge Betancourt is under threat Will they survive Following on from his awar
  • Title: Goodbye to Soho
  • Author: Clayton Littlewood
  • ISBN: 9780957029118
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Business in London s Soho is not going well and the designer menswear shop that Clayton Littlewood runs with his partner, Jorge Betancourt, is under threat Will they survive Following on from his award winning diary Dirty White Boy Tales of Soho Littlewood is back, watching the hookers, the gangsters, the rent boys and following the same strange characters who make upBusiness in London s Soho is not going well and the designer menswear shop that Clayton Littlewood runs with his partner, Jorge Betancourt, is under threat Will they survive Following on from his award winning diary Dirty White Boy Tales of Soho Littlewood is back, watching the hookers, the gangsters, the rent boys and following the same strange characters who make up this strangest of villages Will eccentric artist Raqib Shaw continue on his path to artistic immortality Can Sue and Maggie, the Soho madams, keep the law at bay What will become of Chico, the imprisoned ex Diana Ross impersonator And what of the Prince of Soho himself, Sebastian Horsley Will America welcome him to its shores Goodbye to Soho is a snapshot of modern London a Samuel Pepys diary for the Soho subculture.
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    1. Clayton is the former Soho Stories columnist for The London Paper which was based on the Soho designer menswear store, Dirty White Boy, which he ran with his partner, Jorge Betancourt.His first book, Dirty White Boy Tales of Soho , was published in October 2008 The book was named the GT Book of the Year 2009.Reviews compared it to the diaries of Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood s Berlin Stories and it was endorsed by celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry, Holly Johnson and Sebastian Horsley In April 2009 Clayton turned the book into a play It premiered at the Trafalgar Studios in London s West End and starred Clayton and the actor David Benson It sold out The play returned a year later for an extended run receiving reviews from, among others, Nicholas de Jongh and Paul Gambaccini Now Clayton s written a sequel, Goodbye to Soho ADVANCED PRAISE FOR GOODBYE TO SOHO Clayton has been seduced by Soho s sleazy magic and through him so are we Marc Almond As scurrilous and entertaining as ever Rupert Smith Man s World Like Isherwood s Berlin, Littlewood s Soho comes to life right off the page Jonathan Kemp London Triptych A frank, funny and moving read GT Magazine Enchanting and addictiveearthy, scurrilous and never dull West End Extra That dirty old whore Soho has no better pimp than Clayton Littlewood Tim Fountain Resident Alien Beautifully composed vignettesobserved by a ravenous, compassionate, amused voyeur of the first rank Nicholas de Jongh Plague Over England Downright Dickensiant simply a good writer but a great writer Polari Magazine Clayton captures the beggar s humanity and the hooker s humour with warmth that can bring a lump to the throat or leave one roaring with laughter Stewart Who Twisted PRAISE FOR DIRTY WHITE BOY TALES OF SOHO Touching, funny and poignant Sir Elton John Funny, perceptive, sexy, exquisitely observed Stephen Fry Clayton Littlewood s book is tender, warm and full of humanity New Statesman London A collection of witty and piquant vignettes The London Paper His novel truly shines Gay Times Book of the Year 2009 Downright hysterical QX magazine London Clayton s genuine interest in the people he writes about makes Dirty White Boy such a compelling read Polari Magazine A sense of historic Soho Rimbaud and Verlaine, Quentin Crisp percolates through the book One80 magazine Original anecdotes and real life stories told with a Hogarthian incisiveness a sort of unofficial tourist guide evoking a vivid portrait of an area that is like no other West End Extra London His book is not sensationalist, but neither does it shrink from airing dirty laundry he is not writing for the tourists Dirty White Boy is a warts n all year of seedy beauty, faded glamour and real danger It is honest writing without preconceptions Clayton stayed true to himself, and so his book stays true to Soho reFresh magazine London As evocative in its own way as Isherwood s take on that other sin bin, the Berlin of the 1920s Probably the best book about one section of Soho life A twenty first century love story to Soho The Soho Society London

    2. Soho clothes shop manager turned author Clayton Littlewood s second volume of 21st century diaries, after Dirty White Boy a few years ago This book is a lot poignant, covering the illness and death of one of his Old Compton Street friends, as well as the passing of unique dandy artist Sebastian Horsley and the closing down of the shop itself Larger than life characters come and go eccentric customers, lovelorn elderly gay men, priests with a thing for thongs, and not least of all the street s f [...]

    3. With Goodbye To Soho, the second in his series of Soho Stories, Clayton Littlewood delivers that rarest of beast a sequel that s actually better than the original Most of the characters from Dirty White Boy return and have their continuing tales told with warmth, compassion and good humour but, in this one, the stories are linked in with Clayton s own as he describes memories from his adolescence as well as a marvelous old diary entry about the time he met Quentin Crisp It s perhaps this persona [...]

    4. I read this book in less than a week, which means the book I m reading is really damn good Just as hysterical as Dirty White Boy Clayton Littlewood is one of my favorite authors and I prey that this isn t his last book

    5. Be wary when someone tells you the sequel is better than the original, for this is almost never so.In Dirty White Boy Tales of Soho, we see the wonder and magic of Soho and through the eyes of the skilled narrator, we can understand it s charm.This follow up is a tale of loss, as Littlewood says And I seem to have lost the will to write Nothing seems that funny to me any The excitement of living here long since drained away I believe it, I noticed it as well in the writing.The author seems to ha [...]

    6. Dirty White Boy Goodbye to Soho Only finished Goodbye to Soho today Left me in tears, it s not often you get a writer who can make you laugh out so loudly and cry with the next turn of page I adored all the wonderful characters past and present in these books, it s people like these characters and writers like Clayton that make this amazing world turn round I feel a better person for reading this and my love for London will forever continue God bless to you all.

    7. By turns funny and achingly sad, filthy and sassy, poignant and nostalgic, Littlewood s delightfully written journal recounts the struggle to keep his clothes store, Dirty White Boy, afloat through the credit crunch Along the way we meet all of Soho life as it passes by and through the shop ageing queens, drag artists, prostitutes and their madams, drug addicts, creatives, eccentrics and crooks.

    8. Addictive and hard to put down It s been a long time since I read the original, but I think I enjoyed this one even .

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