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Coal Black Mornings

Narrated by: Brett Anderson, Matt Thorne
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
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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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  • 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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  • Caroline
  • 08-12-2018

First audiobook I’ve finished

Wonderfully written and narrated, a real joy and I hope Brett writes more. Really enjoyed this.

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  • Transhamster
  • 02-12-2018

Unintentionally hilarious

A ‘misery memoir’ from a bloke who grew up in the prettiest village in Sussex, studied architecture at ULU, shagged justin frischmann in her better years, and fronted a rock band lauded, albeit briefly, well beyond merit. Liked the Ricky Gervais putdown tho.

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  • Fantasy Demon
  • 22-11-2018

Thoughtful, Self-Aware and Insightful

This is a wonderful account of Brett's early years written in beautiful prose. It adds to the listening experience immeasurably when an artist is persuaded to read their own work and Brett does a fine job here - I'm so glad he took the trouble and didn't consider himself too 'grand' for the undertaking. This is an insightful and self-aware account of his early years growing up in abject poverty and shows how a series of humiliating failures, a heartbreaking loss and a devastating break-up moulded Brett into the writer, singer and artist he became. Not just for the Suede hardcore, this is an uplifting account of a man who succeeded through a succession of failures.

My only gripe is, it felt way too short. I sincerely hope Brett enjoyed the experience enough to bring out future installments.

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  • Trisbo
  • 11-11-2018

Excellent

Beautifully written account of Brett’s early frustrations and failures. Loved every minute. You will enjoy it too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-2018

beautifully read and written memoir

Anderson's Memoir is lyrical, honest and unusual. He has an artist's eye for detail- finding beauty in the mundane and weaving descriptions of desperate poverty into vignettes of growing up, family tragedy and ambition.

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  • Sian
  • 27-10-2018

Loved it

So raw and beautiful. I liked how it jumped back and forward just like the mind wanders when reliving the past.

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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