Best new books of the month

Best new books of the month

April 2015 in words — Johnny Depp's tattooist in Rio, Johnny Rotten's hard London days, a melancholy man in a spooky castle and a personal punk history.

Lots of memoirs this month. Dig into this selection of wild characters and adventurous lives.

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon

The second memoir from former frontman of punk pioneers The Sex Pistols, Anger… is a no-holds-barred account of Lydon’s harsh upbringing in London and the working-class values that informed his later approach to music. Poverty, fame, scandal and honesty abound.

Narcisa Our Lady Of Ashes by Jonathan Shaw

A drunk encounter with Charles Bukowski in LA in the mid-’70s inspired then writer and punk bum Jonathan Shaw to hitchhike to and around central and south America. When he returned to New York he found work as a tattooist and established an iconic style that saw fans like Johnny Depp quick to sign up. This new work of fiction – about a passionate and doomed romance – exhibits his flair and finesse as a storyteller, taking inspiration from the things he has seen and people he has met along his travels.

Under Major Domo Minor by
Patrick Dewitt

Patrick Dewitt’s last novel Sisters Brothers was a Man Booker-nominated romp through Gold Rush California and the thieves, hit men, drunks and darlings that populate its wild landscape. His new novel Under Major Domo Minor is a gothic romantic black comedy set in a castle where things are not quite what they seem.

Dress Rehearsal Brags by
Graham Bendel

Writer and punk filmmaker Graham Bendel’s ‘Diary of a Nobody’ has been described as “Catcher in the Rye had the lead character been into Killing Joke and had accidentally dry-humped Tanita Tikaram at a Desmond Dekker gig”. Hilarious, sad, insightful and smart, Dress Rehearsal… is an A-Z of the underground, seen slightly from side of stage.