Monday, 26 March 2012

Monday 26/03/12

Limehouse Books has put together an e-zine type thing. Is e-zine an electronic magazine? That.

Anyway, it's in pdf form and you can download it (for free, obviously) when they give me the link. It includes four short pieces from Limehouse writers and people who work there. And some pictures.

My piece is a Maine Hudson childhood piece. It's called:

'Highlights of Miserable Lives'

I'll post the link when I know it. In the meantime here are some screenshots. The last one is the beginning of my story.

Clearly all this has convinced you to buy my book, if you already haven't, and you can do that here:

US Amazon

US Kindle store

UK Amazon

UK Kindle store

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Sunday 04/03/12

I wasn't sure whether I would do the usual 'best songs from the last two months' thing this year. But I'm kinda avoiding doing something else at the moment, so I might as well. Here are the best songs from January / February 2012. Some of them might have come out a bit earlier. SORRY.

1. Oblivion - Grimes

The Grimes album is probably my favourite of the year so far. I had to limit the songs from it to four on this list, but the whaler thing is great. That meant to say 'whole thing'; it's a typo, but I like it and I'm leaving it. I chose Oblivion as my favourite, because it also has my favourite video of the last couple of months.

2. Kites - Geographer

Apparently this song has been knocking about for a couple of years, but I only just discovered it. Plus Geographer just put out a new album and tagged this on at the end, probably because it's their best song.

3. This is what makes us girls - Lana Del Rey

This is my favourite non-single from the LDR album. It's extremely unfashionable to like LDR at the moment. Pitchfork slated her in the album review, particularly picking apart her lyrics, AFTER GIVING SCORES OF 10 OUT OF 10 TO THE LIKES OF KANYE WEST. Whose lyrics makes me cringe so much that I almost want America to sink for making him a superstar.

4. Somebody that I used to know - Gotye

You know this. It's number 1 everywhere. It doesn't mean we have to pretend it's not great though.

5. Prisoner of love (ELIOT's 1987 mix) - Jessica 6


6. Be a body - Grimes

Let's hope Grimes doesn't go Robyn's way. With every embarrassing gay who wants to pretend to be cool namedropping her. And worse of all - literally, THE SHAME - breteastonellis tweeting about her about three years too late. Because he's in touch, you know? He even has a 25-year-old boyfriend, you guys.

7. And I say - Nicolas Jaar

Better than previous Nicolas Jaar snoozeathons.

8. Be strong - The 2 Bears

The 2 Bears album only has a couple of good songs for me. Then they also do this thing where a lot of the vocalists have these annoying common English accents (like...laddy ones) which might sound like a thing to Americans or Europeans, but personally I don't really find anything appealing in having some working class English geezer singing (or talking) about how cool drugs are and how he spends his life in some stupid straight after club, missing early 90s raves. Grow up and get a job, you know?

9. I belong in your arms - Chairlift

How sweet.

10. Skin - Grimes

11. Seychelles - Perseus

This is good, as is his ep (more of which later).

12. Simple song - The Shins

Quite good for generic indie. (Brilliant video though).

13. Dark paradise - Lana Del Rey

14. Genesis - Grimes

15. Rain of gold - Young Empires

Again, older track but included in their album, which is just out

16. This charming video game - The Smiths / Lana Del Rey

Calm down. If anything, it's nice to hear the clear Morrissey vocal over the track. It drags on a bit though.

17. Tonight - Saint Etienne

A little bit cringe, but we have a soft spot for Saint Etienne, etc.

18. Hood - Perfume Genius

If you actually recognise the person starring in the video, I'm embarrassed for you. If you know his name without looking it up, please click out of my blog, thanks.

19. Video games (Jamie Woon remix) - Lana Del Rey

A good remix for a song that didn't need one.

20. We take care of our own - Bruce Springsteen

Mostly included for past glories. Still, listenable. Madonna on the other hand is fast killing all past glories.

21. Brothers - Tanlines

A bit Kitsune by numbers (even if they're not on Kitsuine) but enjoyable.

22. Bear hug - The 2 Bears

And you're done with The 2 Bears album, honestly.

23. Reaching out (Fred Falke remix) - Nero

Pretty generic, but fun.

24. Russian girlfriends - Perseus

(This is from the Persus ep we were talking about)

25. Inspector norse - Todd Terje

26. Depak ine - John Talabot

27. Shapeless and gone - Porcelain Raft

That's all for now. Ugh, I have to go and link all the above to YouTube now that I've typed them.

Saturday 03/03/12

Here are some reviews of Exit Through The Wound.


QX Magazine

North Morgan (most certainly not his real name) is the author of the – fictitious? semi-autobiographical? - blog London Preppy.

He’s now developed this into Exit Through the Wound (Glasshouse Books, £7.99) in which a Greek with an identity crisis (his real name is Alexandros Giannopoulos but he changes it to Maine Hudson) has a 250-page mental and physical breakdown.
While just about holding on to a job with a business consultancy he has a sexless ménage-à-trois with student Sadie and model Guy and an equally sexless friendship with gay gym bunny Nathan. He also does a shitload of drugs and fantasises about killing people.

Morgan’s idol is Brett Easton Ellis and that’s crystal clear. But whereas American Psycho Patrick Bateman was obsessed with designer labels and cosmetics, Maine methodically records song titles and the time of day.

Morgan captures with sharp accuracy and acid humour the cadences of email and text messaging and the instability of the iPhone generation that communicates without communicating. But maybe he’s achieved even more. Is Maine Hudson the new Holden Caulfield? Is Exit Through the Wound a 21st century Catcher in the Rye? Time will tell.


So So Gay website

Exit Through the Wound is the debut novel by London-based novelist and successful blogger (London Preppy), North Morgan, a dark yet surprisingly humorous affair that depicts the lives of some rather dysfunctional characters. The story is told through the scathing eyes of 24 year old Maine Hudson, the youngest son of an affluent Greek family, who moved to London to escape familial influence and deal with absolutely anything life throws at him, regardless how serious, through copious drug use. Exit Through the Wound charts the impact of this lifestyle on himself and the relationships with those closest to him.

The author delivers the book’s content through an enjoyable combination of the diary of Maine Hudson and listening to his internal thoughts as lead character. With its fairly brief chapters, and running commentary by Maine, it can almost feel like you are reading a screenplay. Indeed, Exit Through the Wound would likely translate easily and very effectively to the big screen. To use a fairly crude comparison, it would probably come off as a less grim version of Trainspotting crossed with the BBC TV series This Life, with a narration track running throughout Maine’s inner monologue.

It’s quite impressive how Morgan has somehow managed to make Maine not entirely unlikeable, considering the character’s general disaffected and apathetic demeanour, in conjunction with his verging-on misanthropic view on the world. This is mainly due most likely to his very funny observations on the events and people around him, as well as some highly amusing e-mail conversations with his work colleagues, which feel very realistic and affectionate, revealing that perhaps Maine isn’t quite so devoid of emotion as he appears on the outside.

The novel doesn’t contain many sections where the setting is described at length, mainly because the reader is effectively positioned inside Maine’s mind. In some ways this is a shame, as when Morgan does use his descriptive powers through Maine’s eyes, such as when observing some of the people he interacts with, the depictions are very vivid. Within the context of this book however, it is understandable that Morgan hasn’t shoe-horned in verbose, descriptive passages as it would jar with the reader, interrupting the engaging flow of the story.

It may seem picky but one of the weaker things about this unexpectedly enjoyable book is the rather laboured blurb on the back, which paints it as quite a negative and depressing read; after reading it, one could be forgiven for putting it back on the shelf in favour of something else. It may not technically be part of the story (and in this case wasn’t even written by the author), however, a blurb is quite critical to a book’s success, as its function is to appeal to any potential readers who may pick it up, interested to see what it’s about.

In terms of the actual book, however, Exit Through the Wound is a superb debut novel that North Morgan should be very proud of and is hopefully the first of many more to come. Just ignore the blurb and you’ll find yourself with a highly enjoyable read.

Overall Review: 4 / 5 - Very Good


Blogger reviews

Sam Downing blog (LINK)

Jimmy Bramlett blog (LINK)

Reviews And Ramblings blog (LINK)

Other Reviews / Ratings

Goodreads website (LINK)

Amazon UK (LINK)

Amazon US (LINK)

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Thursday 01/03/12

We're doing a free event in Birmingham in three weeks. Here's the flyer