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The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty

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The diaries encapsulate the history of Doherty's desire to form a band, The Libertines, then ramble on about his own descent into drugs, supermodel girlfriends and new group Babyshambles. Albion's Secret History offers a refreshing upheaval of the concept of fixed British character to present a united sub-culture that instead runs on a creative spirit of constant evolution and reinvention. But some of the prose is strikingly raw and some of the Polaroid snaps are shockingly hot in terms of tabloid currency: in particular the pic of Kate Moss with the hand-scribbled caption: 'Spend two hours staring at a fucking spoon.

Excerpts from Explore Folklore can be found at Foamy Custard, a Web site for folklore, mythology, cultural studies and related disciplines. The appearance of Doherty's preposterously titled Books of Albion might bring to mind Kurt Cobain's Journals.Mankowski joins so many beautiful dots and creates a mesmerising story of social struggle and the shock and influence of the new. In the shadows of our countryside there lives a fairy race, older than humans, and not necessarily friendly to them.

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With such an array of talent and with forays into film, literature and comedy, the running themes Mankowski draws from his varied subjects are as ambitious as they are thrilling. In 2005, Doherty became prominent in tabloids, the news media, and pop culture blogs because of his romantic relationship with model Kate Moss and his frequently-publicised drug addictions. Explore Green Men is illustrated with 118 photographs and drawings, mostly of Green Men who have never before showed their faces in books. He takes on a very romantic, melodramatic tone throughout the book, but it is really just describing boring day to day life! To quote The Libertines, as Mankowski does, it is “Time for Hero’s” previously overlooked and not fully acknowledged by mainstream British society to be recognised.

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