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Publisher's Summary

Listen to the end for an audiobook exclusive: Brett Anderson in conversation with Matt Thorne, author of Prince.

Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as 'a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat' to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede.

Anderson grew up in Hayward's Heath on the grubby fringes of the Home Counties. As a teenager he clashed with his eccentric taxi-driving father (who would parade around their council house dressed as Lawrence of Arabia, air-conducting his favourite composers) and adored his beautiful, artistic mother. He brilliantly evokes the seventies, the suffocating discomfort of a very English kind of poverty and the burning need for escape that it breeds. Anderson charts the shabby romance of creativity as he travelled the tube in search of inspiration, fuelled by Marmite and nicotine, and Suede's rise from rehearsals in bedrooms, squats and pubs. And he catalogues the intense relationships that make and break bands as well as the devastating loss of his mother.

Coal Black Mornings is profoundly moving, funny and intense - a book which stands alongside the most emotionally truthful of personal stories.

©2018 Brett Anderson (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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Couldn’t stop listening! Very compelling

As a suede fan from the 90’s, I lived through the story in real time. Liked how the prose offers great vignettes of early 90’s England. Fabulous insights and moving storytelling.

Avoids the Cocaine and gold discs cliche and narrates us instead to the human side of the outsider on the brink of cataclysmic music and cultural shift

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  • Anna Lloyd
  • 01-03-2018

A memoir of Brett Anderson

I intended to listen, by way of delayed gratification, chapter by chapter in installments. But like a packet of opened biscuits, I guiltily consumed Coal Black Mornings in one sitting. This is a memoir in which the author paints a picture of his bleak, poverty stricken upbringing with the juxtaposition of the colourful family characters that would later bring the lyrics of his song to life. It's a story of the influence of father to son and then on to Brett's own son. The moment you look in the mirror and see and acknowledge you are a reflection of your parents.

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  • Gary
  • 08-03-2018

Half a biography

Was really enjoying this until it ended when they signed their record deal which was a real shame.

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  • Gareth Murphy
  • 04-03-2018

Enchanting

I tried to pace myself but couldn't. Brett's descriptive prose is difficult to tear yourself away from and I wanted more.

In terms of story it's an account of childhood, youth and band formation. But it's Brett's worldview that really captivates. The way he crystallises a certain time in a certain place that seems familiar in many ways and yet in others markedly distinct from my own youth.

A real accomplishment.

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  • Jacqueline Gilmore
  • 11-06-2018

EXCEPTIONAL!!

Absolutely loved it start to finish. very special having Brett Anderson narrating is own story to us. Like an old friend telling us of his life path.

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  • KA ALVAREZ AGUILAR
  • 06-05-2018

nice

Really well put together. It feels almost like a coming of age story. Really good listen too

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  • s c shanks
  • 01-05-2018

Probably a great read, not a great listen

I love Suede's music and intrigued by Brett Anderson,but this is narrated in such a droll fashion I couldn't wait for it to end.

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  • S Tickner
  • 28-03-2018

Honest and real.

Definitely a good listen for fans. Fills in many gaps. Not sure Brett's writing style translates so well to the spoken word and his slightly dour delivery doesn't match his fabulous vocal range when singing BUT.....I still loved every second of this book. His candid account of his family, early years and the emergence of suede is choice. Loved it...especially by the time I got to the end.

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  • Mrs Clare Moses
  • 25-03-2018

A beautiful one - beautifully told

Brett Anderson’s prose style is engaging, eloquent and poetic. This is no bog-standard rock biography but instead, a touching and delicately observed portrait of a highly unconventional upbringing which, whether you are a Suede devotee or not, is truly worth reading.

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 15-03-2018

Fascinating story

Great read, and achieves its aim of not being a stereotypical rock star memoir. Brett Anderson's family sound fascinating and he describes them honestly and generously. The language is as flowery and pretentious as you'd hope and it's a great story.

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  • C. Cameron
  • 09-03-2018

Typically Brett Anderson

A heartfelt, beautifully written autobiography very different from your usual rock star tome.

Surprised by when it ends, having not read any reviews, but thr book gives great insight into what made Brett as a performer.

Always loved his use of language and imagery and the book delivers on that too.