of the sun!
Thursday 5 November 2015
At long last, finally etc, we have sent Dale Hibbert’s epic Boy,
Interrupted, Memoir of a former Smith to the printers. It is available
for pre-order here and
copies will be mailed on or around Monday 23 November. Dale was a founding
member of The Smiths and the book gives a fascinating insight into the
band, and Morrissey and Marr in particular. It also provides a detailed
and thorough account of the Manchester music scene of the 1970s and early
1980s that spawned all manner of great bands, Buzzcocks to Joy Division;
The Passage to The Fall; Vibrant Thigh to the Manchester Mekon; God’s
Gift to Freudian Slip. All this aside, Dale’s life has been truly incredible.
At times it is almost Dickensian. Really.
Wednesday 27 May, 2015
We’re back. And it feels good. So far! First up we have a most marvellous
new instalment of the life and times of Bill Nelson, aka Diary
of a Hyperdreamer, Volume Two. Bill is the founder of Be Bop Deluxe
and Red Noise, and has lived a life steadfastly dedicated to his muse.
Now in his sixties and living with his Japanese wife, Emi, in rural Yorkshire,
he spends his days making music, dreaming, scheming and fretting. In these
verbatim entries from his diary he also reflects, with great tenderness,
on the early death of his younger brother, Ian, a fellow musician. Bill
has kindly signed 100 copies and they are available for pre-order NOW.
These will be dispatched before Friday 5 June, 2015.
And, in September, we bring you Boy Interrupted, Memoir of a Former
Smith by Dale Hibbert. Dale was a member of The Smiths during
their formative years, so was privy to the hopes and dreams and bizarre
ideas of young Morrissey and Johnny Marr. He is a fund of hitherto untold
stories - how the Smiths were to be launched as a 'gay' band, each of
them bearing the stage name of a serial killer. There was also a plan
to wear stage clothes based on American baseball teams. Dale helped shape
the band's sound at his recording studio. He produced their first demo
tape. He even gave Morrissey a lift to sessions on the back of his motorcycle.
On the cusp of The Smiths breakthrough, Hibbert was replaced on bass by
Andy Rourke. For the first time, he reveals the full details of his sacking.
And, The Smiths aside, Dale has lived an incredible life, often tragic
but always dogged and hopeful. It is also a comprehensive look at Manchester
and its fascinating music scene both before and just after the advent
of punk rock.
Enjoy the summer, brothers and sisters, sheltering under the tree of
Pomona, and always love.
Tuesday 9 December, 2014
Here at Pomona we’ve recently had a delivery of overstock books and CDs
from the warehouse. Instead of ‘remaindering’ them (which means garden
centres or service stations paying us a pittance for each item), we’re
offering pals (previous purchasers, folks who’ve made their way onto our
mailing list and visitors to our website) a great super, lovely Xmas deal.
It’s this. For just a fiver (£5) we’ll mail you THREE
books and THREE CDs. This includes postage.
The books will be any of those still available (check our shop page) apart
from the JD Salinger biography. If you specify at the Paypal stage of
payment which books you’d like, we’ll try and supply these, though this
isn’t a guarantee – some may run out. Our decision is final!
The albums will be a random mix of three released by Pomona Sounds -
again, check the store page for what these might be. It’s all good stuff,
mind. Sorry to say, but this offer is available to UK purchasers only.
Monday 26 May 2014
We've finally done a re-print of the wonderful Bill Nelson book, Diary
of a Hyperdreamer. The initial print-run of 1,000 sold out in just
a few weeks and this has caused a clamour among fans and collectors. The
few copies that come on to the market on eBay and Amazon sell for an average
price of £35, though there is currently a copy on Amazon for sale at a
staggering £125.57. These copies are all second hand and of dubious quality.
It was never our intention to issue this kind of curio that has seen genuine
fans out of pocket. So, we've had some more done!
Update 19 July: Now sold out!
Wednesday 23 May, 2012
Sunny, at last. May, the favourite month. Clematis are in pinky purple
full bloom; the gorse, bluebells and daffodils already been and gone.
The acer and silver birch are in sappy green leaf. The ash tree in our
garden is always last to explode. That's the official total glory arrival
of summer. And my dad saw a fully grown terrapin in the Rochdale Canal
today. Mercy me.
Enough of the whimsy. The news. We have a wonderful new title by Simon
Armitage available. Black
Roses is a poetic sequence written in the voice of Sophie Lancaster.
Twenty-year-old Sophie was attacked in a Lancashire park in 2007 and died
several days later. The ferocity of the assault caused distress and outrage
when reported by the international media and led to the creation of the
Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity opposed to all forms of hatecrime
victimisation. The radio broadcast of Black Roses won the BBC Radio Best
Speech Programme of 2011 and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award
Black Roses will not be reach the shops until August but is available
NOW via the Pomona website for just £5.00. A third of all profits
will be donated to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Also, we still have plenty of Pomona back catalogue available for free.
This includes books by the likes of Barry Hines, Trevor Hoyle, Ian McMillan,
Ray Gosling, Hunter Davies, Mark Hodkinson etc, all top-notch literary
gems, at least. Click the link here to
get your hands on these goodies.
Oh, incidentally, so you know, word in your ear, Pomona is not closing
down, disappearing. We've just been asked to clear the shelves at the
warehouse because they need more room for snow-shakers and pot shire horses,
things like that. That said, we're not as active as a few years ago because
it takes a lot of love and commitment, finance and admin to publish books
and we can only run hard at the big hill for so long before we flop down
a bit fed up and disillusioned with it all.
Like the whole wide world, everything is strange-things-are-happening
at the moment, recession, current climate, double dip, zero tolerance
for optimism and publishing is especially beleaguered, what with shops
shutting all over the, er, shop and margins getting smaller and everyone
telling us that Kindles are soon to stand astride the world empire tall
until we're all killed to death by its shadow.
But we like our books on paper with ink and proper covers and so we don't
want to go 'electronic'. We know it makes more sense and more profit,
probably, but if we had any sense we wouldn't be in publishing anyway,
we'd be sunbed parlour owners, osteopaths, nail technicians, mobile phone
salesmen - trades that the world seems to want these days.
I wonder: what does anything mean, basically? If you think you know, please
drop us a line but spare us the manuscript. I know that's horrible to
say (in words), sort of out-loud, but it kills us not to publish and then
it kills us when we do publish and we sell 27 copies and everyone hates
us - author, reps, shops etc. Like at the end of Falling Down when
the Michael Douglas character turns to camera on that lovely old wooden
pier and says: 'I'm the bad guy?'. Sorry about that, just slipped back
to a bit of self-pitying and we said we wouldn't do that any more because
it builds up bad and then it can soon become you. Most of the time we
believe there is a light and it never goes out and we must seek it, always.
Monday 29 November, 2010
Sale time, folks! In an act of astonishing benevolence, the Lord of the
House of Pomona has emulated Mike of Mike's Carpets of Doncaster and slashed
prices. Most of Pomona's back catalogue is now available for just a fiver
per book (plus p&p). The brick-sized hardback biography on JD Salinger,
A Life Raised High, is
on offer at half price, for just a tenner. And anyone spending more than
£20 with us, and thereby showing exemplary support to independent
publishing, will receive a free book with their order. See, no bah humbug-ing
Friday 12 November, 2010
Brothers, sisters...finally, some news. The
Celestial Café by Stuart Murdoch is finished and all set for
the printers. Stuart, of course, is singer with Belle and Sebastian and
considers himself to be '26 % a rock star'. He may be exaggerating. Few
rock stars spend time compiling lists of their favourite mathematicians
or buy extra-soft slippers so they don’t disturb neighbours living in
the flat below. Stuart reveals more of these non-debauched tales of life
on the road or back home in his native Glasgow. A natural-born writer,
he stares out from metaphorical celestial cafés throughout the
world, presenting a unique and engaging take on herb tea, Felt, sunsets,
church choirs, acupuncture, and, of course, catastrophic waitresses. Throughout,
he runs at life fast and true, reminding us all that an empty minute is
a minute wasted.
The book is available for pre-order now
from this site. We're expecting copies to arrive by the end of November
and they will be mailed immediately. We're going to do our level best
to also have them on sale at the band's UK and Ireland shows which are:
Belfast, Ulster Hall, Dec 1; Dublin, Grand Canal
Theatre, Dec 3; Gateshead, Sage, Dec 5; Birmingham,
Symphony Hall, Dec 6; Manchester, Apollo, Dec 7;
Bournemouth, 02 Academy, Dec 9; Minehead, Butlins, Dec 10;
Leicester, De Montford Hall, Dec 14; Bristol, Colston Hall, Dec
16; Glasgow, Barrowland, Dec 19, 20, 21.
The Celestial Café will filter through to conventional retail
outlets in the New Year.
Tuesday 16 March, 2010
Sunday 31 January 2010
At last, JD Salinger: A Life
Raised High by Kenneth Slawenski has come in to Pomona. Peter Kemp
of The Sunday Times has dubbed it 'a fascinated and fascinating' biography'
and Craig Brown, writing in the Mail on Sunday, has also praised the book.
Also hitting the shops is Trevor
Hoyle's evocative gem, Down
the Figure 7. It has been available via this site and in and around
Trevor's native Rochdale (where the book is set) for some time, but is
now crossing over to mainstream shops up and down the UK.
Next month we are publishing My
Improper Mother and Me, a biography Lotte Berk, the radical fitness
guru of the 1960s and 1970s. It is written by her daughter, Esther Fairfax.
In June we will bring you the first book by Stuart Murdoch, the mainman
of Belle and Sebastian. 'The Celestial Cafe' is a wry look at life with
the band, both on the road and back in Stuart's native Glasgow.
At the end of summer (appropriately) we will be publishing a book about
Sophie Lancaster, the young goth from Bacup, Lancashire, who was murdered
in a local park by a group of teenagers merely for dressing differently.
As yet untitled, the book is by Catherine Smyth who was the first reporter
on the scene, working for the local paper, the Rossendale Free Press.
The book has the full support of Sophie's family and a portion of profits
will go to S.O.P.H.I.E. (Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere).
The book will be available via this site to coincide with the third anniversary
of Sophie's death in August - and in shops later.
And, looking further ahead, to either late 2010 or early 2011, we are
proud to announce that we'll be publishing 'The 10 Rules of Rock 'n' Roll'
by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. Our favourite lyricist (in the world)
covers an eclectic mix of subjects from AC/DC to Nana Mouskouri, The Velvet
Underground to Delta Goodrem, and also reflects beautifully on his old
pal from The Go-Betweens, the late Grant McLennan, our joint favourite
lyricist (in the world).
Next spring we will bring you a new book by Pomona's editor-in-chief,
Ian McMillan. Ian is in the process of tracking down several 'lost' poets
of the north, interviewing them (if they're still alive!) and writing
up profiles on each. On his list are Harold Massingham, David Tipton,
Jim Burns, Colin Simms, George Kendrick, Anna Adams and Stanley Cook.
It's going to be great, easily.
It was with real sadness that we learned of the death of JD Salinger this
week. The great man was one of the major reasons most of us here at Pomona
Towers succumbed to the beauty and wonder of literature in the first place.
We know he's not had any new material out for years and years but just
knowing he isn't shuffling about somewhere on the same planet is somehow
We've been inundated with phone calls and e-mails about Kenneth Slawenski's
forthcoming biography on Salinger, JD
Salinger: A Life Raised High and have decided to bring forward publication
by a few weeks to Monday 15 March. Kenneth has been working on the book
for seven years and it is a fantastic piece of work. It stretches to 150,000
words and will be available in hardback only initially, costing £20.
He is currently adding a final chapter, summarising the response to Salinger's
death. The book can be pre-ordered
now. All pre-ordered copies will be sent out before the book is available
On 29 January 2010 The Times ran a two-page extract from the book and
further publicity is expected over the next few weeks.
Thursday June 17, 2009
Sorry folks, we've had to put back the biography on JD Salinger, A Life
Raised High, until April 2010. As we've said many times it's a lengthy
tome and the editing is taking longer than expected. We're also trying
to furnish it with a top-notch index which, again, takes time. The wait
will be worthwhile...
19 May, 2009
Well, how hard do we folks work at Pomona? Three books in three months
- a new record (for us!). And all of them in stock and available for sale
via this site. The most recent is Mark Hodkinson's The
Last Mad Surge of Youth which has already been bigged up by writers
as diverse as Kevin Sampson and Alan Sillitoe, not forgetting that one-man
cultural eye-in-the-sky, Andrew Collins. This is what these great chaps
'This is by far the best book I've read dealing with that rich world
of boys growing up, their obsessions, their loves, their music and how
this inevitably informs the people they become and the lives they end
up leading. I can't recommend it highly enough.' - Kevin Sampson.
A note-perfect rendition of the early-80s northern English indie
scene, it contains all the affection missing from John Nivens similarly
biz-themed Kill Your Friends. - Andrew Collins
Its a masterpiece, not a wrong note. Enjoyable to the last
line. - Alan Sillitoe.
Before Mark Hodkinson's came in, we also unleashed to an appreciative
world Ian McMillan's The Richard
Matthewman Stories and Barry Hines' This
Artistic Life. Both books have been well-received. The only downer
has been the news that Barry has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, which
means this will probably be his last book. Barry is very well physically
and still very much with us, although he does tend to be occasionally
Thursday January 8 2009
First off, happy new year. And sorry, once more, that we've buggered about
with the publication dates of forthcoming titles. As we look out now on
a sprawling '09, here's the dates were hoping to make:
March - The Richard Matthewman Stories by
Ian McMillan and Martyn Wiley.
The cover has been designed by ex-NME art editor Andy Martin and bloody
lovely it is, too.
April - This Artistic Life by Barry
Hines (details below). The final edit
and positioning of pictures etc is been done by Barry and his wife, Eleanor.
Looking bloomin' good.
June - The
Last Mad Surge of Youth by Mark
Hodkinson. A wonderful novel about love, punk, new wave, celebrity,
alcoholism - everything, really.
Autumn - JD Salinger; A Life Raised High
by Kenneth Slawinski (details below). Taking longer
than expected because of its sheer mind-blowing detail and intensity (and
word-count) but this year is the year. Especially since the old wizard
has just turned 90.
Autumn - The Celestial Cafe by Stuart Murdoch.
Yes, that Stuart Murdoch, he of Belle and Sebastian. The boy can write
(quite beautifully) as well as sing. Currently being edited by our man
with a red pen, Andy Hollis.
Autumn - My Improper Mother and Me by Esther
Fairfax. Delivered and waiting to be edited, the story of radical fitness
guru, Lotte Berk, written by her daughter.
Early 2010 - Title tbc by Alan Plater. One
of the UK's literary gems turns out a fine collection of incisive essays
on the state of the media, culture, the north, Hull City and everything
Early 2010 - Down
the Figure 7 by Trevor
Hoyle. One of Pomona's most brutally beautiful writers turns his eye
to growing up in a northern town in the 1940s and 1950s. Hard-edged nostalgia
from a masterful writer.
Thursday 25 September 2008
Simon Armitage's The Not Dead
is available now by clicking
here. Scroll down for details of his appearances in November specifically
to promote the book.
The Not Dead Simon Armitage.
Rejoice! Simon Armitage's The Not Dead is available NOW for pre-order
on our website and will be in the shops in mid-September. It is a
short collection of poems originally aired on a Channel 4 documentary
film of the same name, shown in the summer of 2007. They are featured
alongside an introduction from Simon and press reviews of the film. The
poems focus on the testimonies of veterans of the Gulf, Bosnia and Malayan
wars - ex-soldiers who have seldom been heard before.
There are three official launches of the book, where Simon will appear,
in Sheffield (The Showroom, Tuesday 11 November), London (The South Bank,
Wednesday 12 November) and Manchester (MMU, Thursday 13 November). Here
are the details for these events, supplied to us by the organisers:
Tuesday 11 November
The Showroom, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1
Tickets £5.50/£4 (cons) from The Showroom - Tel. 0114 275
The acclaimed and respected writer, Simon
Armitage, has won numerous awards for his poetry. His new anthology
The Not Dead, is a short collection of poems originally aired on a Channel
4 documentary. The poems focus on the testimonies of veterans of the Gulf,
Bosnia and Malayan wars - whose voices have seldom been heard before.
In a fitting event for Armistice Day, Simon will read from and talk about
his new work - a book of quiet profundity.
Part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading.
Wednesday 12 November
Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Tickets are £10. Box Office: 0871 663 2586 or book online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Simon will read from The Not Dead and excerpts from the film will be
Thursday 13 November
Free to students and the public.
Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University. (opposite
the Commonwealth Aquatics Centre), Rosamond Street West, Off Oxford Road,
Manchester M15 6LL.
Part of a Poetry & Film Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The Not Dead is a collection of poems originally aired last November on
a Channel 4 documentary film of the same name. The film explores the human
cost of fighting and killing through the stories of three soldiers who
relive their experiences of the Gulf, Bosnia and Malayan wars.
At the book launch, the film will be re-screened and Simon will discuss
how he wrote its specially commissioned poetry after listening to intimate
interviews with the veterans, all of whom suffered post-traumatic stress.
"Never having been to the front line, turning the words, phrases
and experiences of these soldiers into verse has been the closest I've
ever come to writing "real" war poetry, and as close as I ever
want to get," said Simon.
The Not Dead received excellent reviews in the press and moving responses
on the Web from other veterans.
"I wasn't present when the three men read their poems to camera,
but it can't have been easy for them. In my view, it was a supreme act
of bravery," Simon added.
The Poetry & Film Festival celebrates award-winning partnerships between
poets and filmmakers. Simon Armitage and director Brian Hill of Century
Films have made over 7 films together including Feltham Sings, a docu-drama
set in Feltham Young Offenders Institution which won a 2003 BAFTA.
The Festival will also feature Simon's film Out of the Blue (Silver River/Channel
5) which was specially commissioned to commemorate the fifth anniversary
of 9/11. Here Simon's film poetry is performed by Rufus Sewell.
Simon Armitage, a former probation officer, teaches poetry at The Writing
School, Manchester Metropolitan University where students are encouraged
to do multi-media projects.
The Richard Matthewman Stories Ian McMillan
and Martyn Wiley.
For a Yorkshireman who has spent half a lifetime in his native pit village,
moving south is a mixed blessing and it is where Richard Matthewman's
memories begin as he looks back with affection, humour, and no small measure
of exasperation at 42 summers - and bitter winters. From boyhood through
adolescence to marriage and a family, his stories are filled with a rich
gallery of characters - the relations, friends and village notables of
a vital community filled with life and incident but as brittle and unmistakably
northern as the coal seams on which it was built. Buy
JD Salinger: a Life
JD Salinger: a Life reveals the surprising reality behind the enigmatic
author of The Catcher in the Rye. Readers travel with the author through
both his stories and the events of his life. It is a biographical journey,
a story of ambition and ego that collides with integrity, an account of
Salingers struggle to deal with the consequences of his own fame
while attempting to understand the nature of God and humanity after experiencing
the darkest days of human history.
With unique insights into Salingers complex personality, the text
(stretching to more than 150,000 words) covers his youth, war years, career
and relationships, as well as his emergence as an American icon and final
With over 400 citations and first-hand accounts, the details of Salingers
life have been thoroughly researched and the book uncovers many surprising
facts never before exposed. By peeling away myth from truth, a far more
compelling life-story is actually revealed.
This Artistic Life
An anthology of essays and stories by Barry
Hines, the author of the much-celebrated A Kestrel for a Knave. Many
of the pieces were written at the same time as this seminal novel and
have never been published before. They cover Hines love of sport
along with his reflections on his home town of Hoyland Common, near Barnsley,
both its landscape and the colourful characters that people it.
Long Overdue Tom Palmer.
Think of your favourite library. Where is it? How old were you when you
first used it? Did it change your life?
Tom Palmers life was changed by libraries. They helped him become
a reader. And then a writer. Now a successful childrens author,
he wanted to find out answers to questions about libraries that are long
Starting with those he first visited in his late teens, Palmer toured
the UK from Shetland to the Scillies, County Fermanagh to Lowestoft. There,
he found a network of 4000 community venues where librarians are changing
thousands more lives a day. So why, he wanted to know, do libraries get
so much stick? Why are they and their staff the butt of so many jokes
are they really run by a cabal of middle-aged ladies imploring
Shhhhh? And who actually uses them?
Do they live up to the dreams of those who set them up in the nineteenth
century to take ideas, information and imagination to the masses?
Or does that dream need reinventing in the twenty first century?
Calling at urban libraries, rural libraries, burnt out libraries, bran
new libraries, libraries about to be closed down and more, Palmer learned
that, if we let our public libraries die, well be losing more than
we can imagine.
My Improper Mother and Me, a biography of Lotte
Berk - Esther Fairfax.
Britt Eckland, Maureen Lipman, Geraldine McEwan, Edna O'Brien - just four
devotees of the Lotte Berk technique, a radical fitness programme devised
the outrageous German émigré, Lotte Berk.
My Improper Mother and Me is a compelling biography of Berk by her daughter,
Esther Fairfax. Told with almost painful honesty, the book reveals the
inner workings of a Bohemian life lived to the extreme. Cajoled to dance
naked in Paris at the age of 16, Fairfax's story embraces drug addiction,
sexual liberation, poverty, isolation, fame and, finally, hope
Music With Heart Jack Rabid.
Jack Rabid is the founder, editor and publisher for 28 years of the respected
semi-annual, cult fave New York music mag The Big Takeover, writing and
overseeing 62 jam-packed issues to date. Rising from a seminal, legendary
photocopied-stapled 10-page punk-era fanzine (named after a then-unreleased
Bad Brains song) to a nationally-distributed, 20,000-copy, beloved 300-page
glossy, its now the longest running independent underground rock
magazine in the U.S. Its known for its hundreds of reviews, impassioned
and learned editorials, and most of all, its Playboy-length, in-depth
and unguarded interviews with such thoughtful stars as The Clashs
Joe Strummer, Radiohead, Iggy Pop, Interpol, XTC, R.E.M, Belle & Sebastian,
Wilco, Eric Idle, Wire, Brian Wilson, Ruts, John Peel, Damned, Buzzcocks,
and The Kinks Ray Davies. A publication that encourages rather than
insults the full intelligence and humour of its readers.
An original late '70s punk rocker/New York CBGB/Maxs scene member
as a teen, Jack has evolved into a writer of rare gravitas. In Music With
Heart (the magazines motif) he writes perceptively on music and
also covers wider issues such as politics, 9/11, the death of his father,
the state of Americas health service etc.
Wednesday 26 March, 2008
Brothers and sisters, it's all about to go mad busy here at Pomonaville.
After taking almost a year off, we're set with another swathe of tip-top
books, starting this autumn and running into next year, 2009. We've set
up a partnership with Compass who will rep our books into shops while
the ever-dependable Central stick them in vans and get them to where they
should be (most of the time!) More titles will be added over the next
few months but, for now, those listed below are all confirmed and ready
to be born beautifully to the world.
Wednesday 16 January, 2008
Because we're decent fellows and it's a new year and all, we are reducing
the price of all the books sold from our online
shop to a fiver. Make your move now. This madness cannot last forever!
Friday 4 January, 2008
My. How. Time. Flies. First of all, sorry it's taken us ages to provide
a news update. Very shabby of us, indeed. Sadly, 2007 was pretty quiet
here at Pomona. We found ourselves without a repping partner when Troika
called it a day in the autumn. This meant we didn't have anyone calling
at shops on our behalf saying, 'Go on, be a devil - stock up on all these
Obviously, in such circumstances it didn't make sense to publish any
new books. We've spoken to a few potential partners but are still waiting
for one to come forward and embrace us carnally. We understand it can
be a grind persuading shops to stock independently produced books, but
we're holding out for a hero (Lord forgive us, for we be quoting Bonnie
1. The very venerable Ian
McMillan joined us in the late-summer as 'director of publishing'.
Ian will act as a talent scout, suggesting possible old titles to bring
back into print etc, and has promised us a book of his own short stories
- again pending on us finding a repping partner.
2. Mark Hodkinson's Believe
in the Sign was chosen as one of the sports books of the year, 2007
by both The Guardian and The Times, following on from making the long-list
for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Incidentally, we're selling
copies of Mark's book at half price for a limited period of time via
3. We have agreed with Barry
Hines to publish a most super anthology of his writing, some of it
never published before, dating back to the early 1970s.
4. Although we're currently not accepting manuscripts, we have five or six
new books primed for the end of the year. All of them wonderful, and some.
Friday 15 December 2006
Another football classic, no less. Believe
in the Sign is a 'sort-of-a-memoir' by Times' columnist Mark
Hodkinson about growing up in a northern town supporting his local club.
Much more than football though, this is a widescreen social commentary/historical
narrative chock-full of wry observations and dry humour. It's 15 years
since Fever Pitch and the time is right once more to get stuck into life
through the prism of football, the lot of it: fathers, pies, murder, hooliganism
and those oh so famous, Asda Queens.
Wednesday 1 November 2006
Finally, Hunter Davies’ new book, The
Second Half, is in stock and available via this site. It’s been
Hunter madness of late, with his biography of Wayne Rooney and his autobiography
also in the shops, The Beatles, Football and Me. Good reads,
all – especially the one we’re publishing!
We have plans for 2007, even if they’re a bit nebulous. We hope
to bring forth another classic football book early in the New Year
and what we hope will be the definitive biography on JD Salinger
by a renowned American expert in the field. More details later.
The great Bill Nelson has (tentatively)
committed to a follow-up to Diary
of a Hyperdreamer. Hopefully it will surface next year though
it may turn out to be early in 2008, which we might not see if all those
tacky poshos keep driving around in monster 4x4s killing the world and,
er, Pomona’s staff keep going on el cheapo holidays to Portugal and Spain,
willy-nilly (that’s an arcane phrase, not a staff member –though if anyone
called William Nilly wishes to apply for a job here he’d stand a good
chance of getting one under such a brilliant nomenclature).
All our backlist is still available apart from Hunter’s The
Fan which sold out some time ago. Because it was good
Unfortunately we’re still not in a position to accept submissions
of new work. We’d love to (in fact, that’s why we set up Pomona Books
in the first place, damn) but we only want to do books that we are
confident we can do justice to, not just aesthetically (maaaaan)
but getting them in the bloody shops (which, we’ve learned is the
major battle for all little ‘uns like us).
Thanks for your support. Remember, every penny sent to Pomona goes
either to our authors (we do ridiculous, unheard of 50/50 splits
with our chaps) or to buy new shoes for our kids. Or Shoot-Out Cards.
Occasionally we buy food too. But not Chicken nuggets. They’re just
Check out: Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan; Crass, The
Biography by George Berger (flawed but fascinating) and music
by Tommy Guerrero (new album, From the Soil to the Soul),
Levy, Guster, Kashmir, DJ Shadow (new album: Live! In Tune
and On Time) Bonobo (new album: Days to Come), Matisyahu
(mad Jewish reggae/toasting), Budapest, Trembling Blue Stars, Captain,
Pernice Brothers (new album: Live a Little). Let us know
about your newly discovered bands and books, ta.
Tuesday 11 July 2006
Mercy me, at last! After (what seems like an) age, we've finally taken
delivery of Christopher Barker's opus, The
Arms of The Infinite, the most very wonderful memoir of his prose-queen
mother, Elizabeth Smart and his top-notch poet dad, George Barker. It
is available to order on-line now and should reach book shops very soon.
Sorry for the delay; all manner of things slowed us up
Thursday 23 March 2006
Well, brothers and sisters. Sorry it's been a while. When winter lasted
for ever, it made us all so slow. Still, here we are. At last. So, some
news. Christopher Barker's book The Arms
of the Infinite is still on schedule for July, his most wonderful biography
of his prose-queen mum, Ms Elizabeth Smart.
The second instalment of Hunter Davies'
superlative football writing, The
Second Half (what else?) will be out to coincide with the new footy
season 2006/07, when we've all recovered from the World Cup. Incidentally,
good old Hunt has just been asked to ghost-write Wayne Rooney's autobiography.
Not on Pomona! We offered young Wayne a Toffee Crisp and our complete
collection of Scorcher and Score comics from 1971-74 but, crikey, the
blighter turned us down.
We have some lovely (but a bit dear!) special 'art' (they'll kill
us for that!) books available from Christian Brett and Alice Smith.
See below for details. They are available via our on-line store.
Music? We've been listening a lot to Tommy Guerrero (Soul Food Taqueria),
lovely little electronica ditties in the DJ Shadow territory. Also
The Editors (all hail the new Bunnymen!), The Upper Room, The Shout
Out Louds, and old stuff revisited: Al Stewart, The Chameleons, Mouse
and the Traps, Colin Bluntstone, Davy Graham, Leonard Cohen.
Books? Ginny Good by Gerard Jones is very funny and frothy and we keep
returning to Bollocks to Alton Towers and The Real Life of Anthony Burgess
(a bit academic but still interesting - what a fibber our favourite comb-over
merchant was). And never ever let Alberto Moravia slip from memory, genius.
Saturday 05 March 2006
Handmade artists' books from Bracketpress.
Bracketpress promotes the work of Pomona's designer Christian Brett
and illustrator Alice Smith, both of whom have worked on collaborative
projects and exhibitions with ex-members of Crass over the last
three years. The following three books are currently available
through Pomona in very limited editions. Each book is printed,
assembled and bound by the respective artists.
"A little book of illustrations from the novel THIS CRIPPLED
FLESH" by Alice Smith with text by Penny Rimbaud, typography
by Christian Brett Description: ‘A Little Book of Illustrations
from the novel This Crippled Flesh’ presents visuals and extracts
from the fragmented narratives and themes explored within Rimbaud's
as yet unpublished manuscript. Over the last twelve months a couple
of casebound editions of the 384 page novel, typeset by Christian
Brett, have appeared in group shows in Manchester and London and
will be exhibited in Pennsylvania, Costa Rica and Mexico City during
2006. Format: 155mm x 110mm, 24 pages, digital inkjet print on Beckett
Expression candlelight 216gsm and 118gsm wove papers with tipped-in
illustrations. Concertina structured hardback ribbon-tied book.
"WOMeN & MEN – An illustrative study of corporeality" by
Alice Smith Description: An eclectic range of source materials and
literature inspires the illustrations, drawing on issues and observations
of stereotypical behaviour and the performances of women and men,
with sexual and perverse undertones. These illustrations are of an
adult nature. 150mm x 210mm, 28 pages, digital inkjet print on Beckett
Expression candlelight 216gsm & 118gsm wove papers with tipped-in
illustrations. Concertina structure within a quarter-bound book in
black and red buckram with black lace tie.
"Disconnected" by Christian Brett Description: An uncomfortable,
pointed and occasionally funny, typographic stream of consciousness
text. Whilst pissing on the doorstep of Saatchi & Saatchi, the
text kicks against ideas of relationship, the internet, reality tv,
nostalgia, fakery, branding/blanding, boredom, drugs and isolation.
Format: 154mm x 156mm, 76 pages, six-section sewn, digital inkjet
print on Strathmore Writing natural white 118gsm wove. Quarter-bound
in black buckram with letterpress text on uncovered front/back boards.
News Archive (2005)
News Archive (2004)