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Interviews » Now You See Her: An Interview with Cathi Unsworth (published 23/11/2009)

cathiunsworthLadbroke Grove is an intriguing neighbourhood that constantly reinvents itself, which is what drew me to it in the first place and why I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It has been badly served by Richard Curtis’ blue door, after which the entire neighbourhood was suddenly called Notting Hill, a district that now seems to extend from Shepherd’s Bush roundabout up to Queensway and north into Queen’s Park. What I hope to present in Bad Penny Blues is a green door to the actual Grove instead.

By Garth Cartwright.

Interviews » Typical Girl: Cathi Unsworth Interviewed (published 08/07/2008)

un.jpgThe book does end on a hopeful note as I think there are some very young people out there utilising the very new technology that the Internet provides to really do their own version of punk, that by-passes the record company and the ad men, the marketing and the impotent music media. That was inspired by the Arctic Monkeys and what they did, by all those underage clubs that are springing up (and often run by the offspring of old punkers). I am heartened that it is out there as this really is a sick and scary time for young people to have to grow up in.

Andrew Stevens talks with novelist Cathi Unsworth about goth, noir and laddism.

Buzzwords » Unsworth on O’Neill (published 06/08/2007)

As mentioned elsewhere… Digging The Vein by Tony O’Neill (Wrecking Ball Press, £9.95) From Hull’s fearless Wrecking Ball Press comes a new author, who, despite his tender years, has rendered a noir to stand up there with labelmates Dan Fante and Charles Bukowski. This is Tony O’Neill’s memoir of his passage from rising indie music […]

Buzzwords » Turning Blue (published 07/09/2016)

Benjamin Myers has made a short film to accompany his new novel Turning Blue. Described by author Cathi Unsworth as “a queasily compulsive evocation of a wild and brutal Yorkshire landscape, informed and haunted in equal measure by the shades of Jimmy Savile and his monstrous deeds and the East Riding’s lost boy of crime […]

Reviews » Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London (published 15/08/2016)

The flâneur has been a liberal-creative archetype almost as long as there have been cities – what Lauren Elkin describes as ‘a 19th-century phenomenon – the flâneur, a figure of privilege and leisure, with the time and money to amble around the city at will.’ Origins of the phenomenon were romantic and delirious: however, British contemporary literature can make anything dull and these days flâneuring consists of Iain Sinclair or Will Self, picking endlessly around a London orbital – or some young man of the Brutalist movement, blinking in rapture at tower blocks.

Max Dunbar reviews Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin.

Reviews » The Liberal Politics of Adolf Hitler (published 03/05/2016)

His evocations of white working class London life in the back end of the twentieth century. The very texture of that life, of male friendship, which is so hard to define and yet he nailed effortlessly in book after book. Love and sex and death, peace and war, hard times and good. The willingness to go to places, like the football casual culture of orbital London boroughs, where other writers fear to tread. The warmth and humanity of it all.

Max Dunbar reviews John King‘s The Liberal Politics of Adolf Hitler.

» Le Weekend @ 3:AM (published 02/11/2013)

Friday I’m in Love A curated almost-weekly selection of favourite songs by 3:AM editors, writers and friends. April 8, 2011 – ‘We Are Lost’, Accent (Mick Habeshaw Robinson) August 28, 2010 – ‘Jungle Street’, The Scorpions (Andrew Stevens) June 25, 2010 – ‘I Can’t Let Go’, Evie Sands (Andrew Stevens) January 25, 2010 – ‘Bedsitter’, […]

Buzzwords » Dark Currents (published 03/10/2012)

Monday October 8th, 7.30pm at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, North Soho (off Charlotte and Oxford streets) Since the days of the Regency, when prostitutes and pickpockets worked the promenades, and smugglers the coves and bays, the seaside has always had a seedy underbelly. And the English seaside can rightfully claim to be the birthplace […]

Buzzwords » Friday Film Focus: West 11 (published 07/09/2012)

By Cathi Unsworth. Laura Del-Rivo’s The Furnished Room came as a revelation to me, for many reasons. While I was researching my novel Bad Penny Blues, I was trying to track down a film called West 11, directed by Michael Winner and scripted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, that was set bang in the […]

Buzzwords » The Furnished Room (published 01/06/2012)

Laura Del Rivo in conversation with Cathi Unsworth A Sohemian Society event Monday June 18th The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, North Soho, W1, kick-off 7.30pm. Entrance fee £3. In Laura’s beatnik classic The Furnished Room the novel’s anti-hero Joe Beckett drifts from job to job and woman to woman in a seedy world of bedsitters […]