'The best book I read last year. Touching, funny and poignant.' (Sir Elton John) --Sir Elton John
'Funny, perceptive, sexy, exquisitely observed.' (Stephen Fry
) --Stephen Fry
`A collection of witty and piquant vignettes.' (The London Paper. Oct 2008) --The London Paper. Oct '08
'His novel truly shines.' (Gay Times Book of the Year 2009) --Gay Times (Book of the Year 2009)
`Original anecdotes told with a Hogarthian incisiveness - evoking a vivid portrait of an area that is like no other.' (West End Extra. Nov 2008) --West End Extra. Nov '08
What is the correct etiquette for visiting a brothel? How should one react when a transsexual wants to show off her latest surgery? Is it appropriate to speak to television personalities when they’re buying underwear? These are the questions that matter in London's Soho neighborhood, where Clayton Littlewood
runs the cult clothing store Dirty White Boy
. From his window on one of the busiest street corners in the world, Littlewood watches the daily parade of fashion queens, prostitutes, gangsters, and celebrities that make up the population of this strangest of villages. Dirty White Boy
is a vivid mosaic of modern London, caught between the ghosts of the past and the uncertainties of the future. With an unforgettable cast of characters ranging from Chico the camp queen to Pam the Fag Lady (with guest spots by stars like Kathy Griffin and Graham Norton), these compulsively readable true tales offer a wry panorama of Soho's rich and often raucous subcultures.
From the Author
"As evocative in it's own way as Isherwood's take on that other sin bin the Berlin of the 1920's...probably the best book about one section of Soho life...a twenty first century love story to Soho." (The Soho Society) "When writers try to make art that is universal and not personal they always fail - it's being personal which makes it universal in the end. Clayton Littlewoods book is tender, warm and full of humanity. Soho is like an upturned dustbin and he like a drunk rummaging through it. He shows us all that glitters is not gold. And all that smells is not garbage. Living in Soho is like coming all the time. Reading his book is too." (Sebastian Horsley, author of Dandy in the Underworld) "Like the queer descendant of Samuel Pepys, Clayton Littlewood captures the day-to-day drama of his London in all of its demented glory." (Michael Thomas Ford, author of Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Last Summer) "Clayton Littlewood
recreates the real Soho, from its beauty to its underbelly...insightful, humorous, heartbreaking." (Arthur Wooten, author of On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail) "His book is not sensationalist but neither does he shirk from airing dirty laundry. He is not writing for the tourists. Dirty White Boy is a 'warts n'all' year of seedy beauty, faded glamour and real danger...It is honest writing withour preconceptions. Clayton stayed true to himself and so his book stayed true to Soho." (ReFresh Magazine)
About the Author
is a former member of the band Spongefinger, a pirate radio host, and the proprietor of Dirty White Boy
. He lives in London.