“Obviously I want to help independent bookshops cos they’re having a hard time of it at the moment” he begins, explaining the book launch.“We always thought it would be a good idea to use Liverpool as a base (to launch the book), we had all these grand plans but it’s come down to this and an extract in the Echo! Having cut the ribbon for News From Nowhere when it relocated to its current premises in Bold Street in 1996, Alexei knows co-owner Mandy via his mum Molly, described by one reviewer as “the real star” of his autobiography.An Awfully Big Adventureby Beryl Bainbridge Little, Brown, £8.99I’m a big fan of Beryl Bainbridge, a Liverpudlian like myself.
“I think given the catastrophic decisions that were made in the 1970s, the reinvention of Liverpool has been really better than you could expect.
I mean it is amazing, it’s great here now.” The political backdrop of the 1970s, the turbulent battles between the government and the unions that took place and the events that led to Thatcher becoming Prime Minister in May 1979 form the backbone of Stalin Ate My Homework.
15/9/2010 Arguably the most influential comedian of the 1980s and 1990s, Alexei Sayle cuts a far more mellow figure than the verbose, audience-baiting comedian who took the TV industry by storm following his now legendary appearances at the Comedy Store in late 1970s London.
Immortalized as psychotic, rent-demands-with-menaces student landlord Mr.
An amazing series of books about war, it’s autobiographical in part and very funny in places.
It’s as good as Brideshead Revisited, if not better.Almost certainly like nothing else you’ve ever read it’s all about the unreliable narrator. A lot of the restaurants conjure up the London of the Eighties for me.It’s amazing how much the food scene has changed since those days, I suspect for the better.His most famed character from the Comedy Store era - the aforementioned be-hatted abrasive cockney mod later used for his 1984 hit ‘Ullo John, Gotta New Motor? The sheer ferocity of his delivery in a world more used to aged working men’s club comedians was enough to ensure many of his audiences were too intimidated to even try and heckle.Meanwhile the strangely likeable, tragically washed up comic Bobby Chariots (“How yer diddlin’?“You have to keep Waterstones and Amazon onside and all that but I’m always keen to help” he adds.When asked about how Liverpool has changed since he left for Chelsea Art College in the late 1970s Alexei puts the matter into perspective.Endlessly fascinating if you’re interested in politics, like me.The Good Soldierby Ford Madox Ford Penguin, £8.99A very strange book set on the eve of the First World War, which is about two seemingly perfect couples. Time Out Guide TO EATING OUT IN LONDON (1987)This might sound strange but I like to read about restaurants that have gone out of business since those far-off days.Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson Mariner Books £8.99A great book about how mistakes were made by people who then try to justify them.For instance, there have been several cases where police in America have charged the wrong person for a murder that didn’t happen but refuse to accept their error.