The Books of Albion : The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty
' "Poet, young and busy, seeks cheap spacious rooms somewhere. Excellent references available ..." so reads a self-penned ad, a very early entry from Pete Doherty's journals. From the early books a fascinating and very entertaining picture emerges of the young poet, broke in London, serving popcorn at the Prince Charles Cinema, ruminating on Britpop, listening to Scott Walker, but dreaming of creating a band infused with 'the spirit of Albion'. The later books reflect Pete's rise to fame, his changing world and are full of artwork, photographs, notes and thoughts. It is intimate, honest stuff, very readable and very funny in places; pretty dark in others. All in all it's the work of a serious artist, a complete antidote to most things written about Doherty. These twenty-odd books -- edited and condensed into one volume -- are filled with poems, drawings, personal reflections, lyrics and collages, and form an intimate insight into the one of the music world's most talented and controversial figures.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 206 x 272 x 34mm | 1,338.09g
- 03 Feb 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
'The prose is strikingly raw... the cumulative effect is curiously touching.' OBSERVER 'This book is like everything else Pete Doherty has ever done - at times brilliant, at others annoying, but never less than interesting.' SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO 'These diary entries, childhood reminiscenes and prose from 1999 onwards prove that under the drug hoover's brow there's a unique brain.' Q MAGAZINE 'witty and sensitive' SUNDAY TRIBUNE 'there are moments of joy, humourand, of course, real darkness' IRISH EXAMINER 'At times a curiously affecting work, it chronicles Doherty's transitionfrom aspiring poet and flowering teenage talent to a man increasingly fighting to shine through a chemicaly induced haze... Doherty can write beautifully' -- Steve Cummins IRISH DAILY MAIL ON SUNDAY
About Peter Doherty
Aged 16, as winner of a British Council poetry competition, Peter Doherty embarked on poetry tour of Russia. He studied English Literature at the University of London for a year, before forming The Libertines with Carl Barat in the late nineties. They released two albums before falling apart; Babyshambles released 'Down in Albion' in November 2005; the single 'Fuck Forever' reached no.4 in the charts.