Lit Fiend Mail Continued…

20160823_115214Long ago and far away… That’s how it seems anyway, my days, years, spent in Kings Cross, Sydney NSW. All those streets I walked not so long ago… Anyway, after a few weeks respite, Dave the Postie once again arrived at the door of Ranchlette Ridgwell grumbling all the way…

‘More books Ridgwell, always books.’

‘Better than bills.’

‘I could get a slipped disc.’

‘Six months off on full pay, you’ll be laughing.’

Strangely Dave didn’t laugh at that, no sense of humour, but he did hand over several packages. And yes, as you marinate in your lonely wood louse infested bedsits, you’ve guessed it my fellow bibliophiles – more lit fiend mail.

This time, the third and final instalment of my novel – The Cross – arrived courtesy of Martin Appleby’s Paper and Ink Magazine and obtainable by clicking on this link – The Cross Part 3. I know fiends have been waiting for this mother to arrive on their doormat with thee old baited breath. And will it let them down, will it fuck! Adorned with classic Cross photography by Abbie Foxton part 3 finds the walls closing in on the three main characters and as the end of the century approaches Kings Cross is about to witness events that will change the glittering half mile forever! Just remember that the Cross is a state of mind!!

Next up Miss Urchin Belle’s – The Sunlight Pilgrims – follow up to her debut smash – The Panopticon – word on the lit vine is that shooting of the Panopticon is due to start within weeks! See stop press for further details. The SP’s is a disaster catastrophe end of the world identity-crisis combo, with all of the Belle’s trademark literary stye and verve – dealing with both the ugly and the beautiful in this world. Some hack referred to the book as possibly belonging to a genre known as Cli-Fi! No disrespect to the hack, but Cli-Fi sounds too close to Clit-Fi. What is it with these numptys, always having to pigeon hole shit. Lord give me the strength! Anyway the book is a killer and available from all good book stores. Pick up a copy el pronto is my advice!

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And last but not least. PUSH 22! Now, it doesn’t seem so long ago that PUSH head honcho Joe England called me and told me that he was thinking about putting a literary magazine together. I told him to stop talking about it and just do it, and the rest as they say is history. PUSH 22 is about as good as it gets, with some excellent poetry and fiction and a fascinating interview withMatt Johnson of The The. To purchase a copy, and you’ll need to start pumping those paypal buttons like a fiend possessed as those mothers sell out faster than you can squish another woodlice – go here – PUSH 22

Just one more thing lit fiends, word on the vine is that I’ll be reading at an event in September. (See poster for details) And see the fake book page. Absinthe & Anarchy You all know I hate readings, the sound of my own voice truly can freak me at any given moment, but every now and then I put on my smoking jacket and hit the road…

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And of course, my dear little tug boat ultras. Would I ever forget you darling wankers. No way Jose. Check out this Super 8mm stunner from the Top Gun Room. One, two, three, when you go down to the woods today…

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Kilmog Back Catalogue – Now Available

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A treat for all you lit-fiends out there in bed-sitter land – The wonderfully esoteric back catalogue of the mighty Kilmog Press is now available for purchase – each book weighing in at the ridiculously bargain basement price of NZ $25!
Anyone fortunate to own one of these craft objects will testify to their unique beauty – for verily each one is a stunner. (lit fiends – look carefully and your mince pies might chance across a rare version of Urchin Belle by Jenni -The Panopticon- Fagan)

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Those still trying to get their sordid mitts of copies of my books – Lost Elation – Indonesia & A Child of the Jago – click on the link below to be illuminated

KILMOG PRESS

Indonesia published by Kilmog Press 2011

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Also – fiends if summer is a season you abhor – then stayed tuned for news of a reading planned this autumn in the capital – an event not to be missed.

And no milk race devotees I have not forsaken thee – Check out the hi-res quality of this amazing pic. Under 18’s avert thy gaze.

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Joe Englands Top Ten Books 2012

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Rebel Lit Fiend, Joe England, has compiled a top ten list of super groovy books he has read or re-read this year. Last Days of the Cross and The Buddha Bar are nestled in there amongst some stellar literary creations, East End hardmen, and my book of the year Jenni Fagan‘s, The Panopticon. Click on the link below to be illuminated fellow lit fiends…

Joe England Books: 10 Books

Meanwhile back in the Burntisland Jungle I’m still on the search for a copy of Fire Island, if anyone knows of the whereabouts of one please feel free to drop me a line at: The Shack @ Shack City.

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And while we’re on the subject of best books read this year I feel an urge to add another cult classic to the list. The book in question, is Fast Down Turk by Jeanne Bernhardt, published by the enigmatic and legendary, Kilmog Press. Not only is it a beautiful book to behold, the writing contained within the work of art is solid gold. It’s a druggie tale narrated and written by a woman who compared to the familiar male orientated drug lit, is operating at one hundred and fifty miles an hour, while the others plod along in the slow lane. In fact I’d go so far as to say the prose is so intense and insidious that the unsuspecting lit fiend might just have a whitey reading the fucker. Thou hast been warned! ‘Where the fuck do I get my hands on a copy?’ I hear you bawl. Well, as all good lit fiends know, Kilmog Press books are notoriously hard to get hold of, but seek and ye shall, if lucky, find.

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Fast Down Turk – Bernhardt, Jeanne

Enough blather from me as it’s time to venture outside for a walk by the light of the moon.

Joe R

Burntisland

Ridgwell Edina fest 2012

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan, published today. Best book to come out of Scotland since Trainspotting.

Click on photo to purchase a copy.

Every once in a while, a book appears in literature whose effect is immediate. Jenni Fagan’s remarkable debut novel, The Panopticon, is I feel, one such candidate. Due for publication in May 2012 by William Heinemann, the novel charts the adventures of its heroine, Anais Hendricks, as she battles her way through the Kafkaesque like environs of  a corrupt and failing Scottish care system. With a penchant for Dior hats, vintage erotica, Class A drugs, 1920′s fashion, non-conformism, Paris and solitary masturbation, the scene, as they say, is set. And that’s all I’m prepared to give away of the plot. Needless to say, it is a page turning, exhilarating and shocking ride, the prose of which has a deftness and lightness of touch that few, if any, debut novelists are able to master.

In the words of William Burroughs –

‘The writer has been there or he can’t write about it. They are trying to create a universe in which they have lived or would like to live. To write they must go there and submit to conditions which they may not have bargained for…’

Or in my own words –

‘To produce anything of literary worth, the aspiring writer needs to have lived a little, taken jobs, travelled, had a series of love affairs, shot a man in Reno. How can you write about life if you haven’t even lived it?’

The Panopticon is now ready to pre-order from various well-known bookstores and online retailers and I recommend getting in fast, before the rest of the world catches on…

Joseph Ridgwell, Portobello, December 2011.

The Panopticon

Every once in a while, a book appears in literature whose effect is immediate. Jenni Fagan’s remarkable debut novel, The Panopticon, is I feel, one such candidate. Due for publication in May 2012 by William Heinemann, the novel charts the adventures of its heroine, Anais Hendricks, as she battles her way through the Kafkaesque like environs of  a corrupt and failing Scottish care system. With a penchant for Dior hats, vintage erotica, Class A drugs, 1920’s fashion, non-conformism, Paris and solitary masturbation, the scene, as they say, is set. And that’s all I’m prepared to give away of the plot. Needless to say, it is a page turning, exhilarating and shocking ride, the prose of which has a deftness and lightness of touch that few, if any, debut novelists are able to master.

In the words of William Burroughs –

‘The writer has been there or he can’t write about it. They are trying to create a universe in which they have lived or would like to live. To write they must go there and submit to conditions which they may not have bargained for…’

Or in my own words –

‘To produce anything of literary worth, the aspiring writer needs to have lived a little, taken jobs, travelled, had a series of love affairs, shot a man in Reno. How can you write about life if you haven’t even lived it?’

The Panopticon is now ready to pre-order from various well-known bookstores and online retailers and I recommend getting in fast, before the rest of the world catches on…

Joseph Ridgwell, Portobello, December 2011.