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The Book

“A stunning testament to the indestructibility of the creative mind.” – Bruce Benderson

“Complex, disquieting… there are many, many exquisite and memorable sentences and images, it moves with a speed and emotional investment that grab the reader.” – Michael Bracewell

Pete’s Underpants is the seventh book by Bertie Marshall. It is equal parts memoir/essay/elegy/novella/vaudeville. It tells the tale of Marshall’s complex affair with a young American man called Pete and with the city of New York at the close of the 20th century. Told in two parts; Part one recalls the events of 1998, their meeting, their dramas and an ending of sorts. Part two was written during the first six months of 2019 and maps out the intervening years; episodic, filmic, some scenes in repetition, conveying the way memory works, distorts, blurs, and makes fiction: Interweaving throughout the text is Marshall’s pondering on the nature of glamour, cinema and what makes a muse, a muse. Whether hanging out with Warhol Superstar – Taylor Mead or receiving a note from Patti Smith, Marshall experiences his version of the American dream as it turns into nightmare.

The Author

Bertie Marshall was born in Greenwich, London in 1960. Author of Berlin Bromley, his critically acclaimed memoir about his life as part of The Bromley Contingent and 70s pre-punk London. In 2015 the British Library purchased his writing archive. His books include Psychoboys (1997), Berlin Bromley (2006), Nowhere Slow (2014), From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking (2016), Wild, Re-Write (2017), and The Peeler (2018).

Pages: 110
Dimensions: 5 x 8
ISBN: 978-1704368825
Cat No: DW-001-47
Imprint: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals
Publishing Model: Classic