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Pompey By Jonathan Meades

Pompey by Jonathan Meades

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A paperback reissue of Jonathan Meades's savage masterpiece

Pompey Summary

Pompey by Jonathan Meades

At first glance, Jonathan Meades's 1993 masterpiece is a post-war family saga set in and around the city of Portsmouth. This doesn't come close to communicating the scabrous magnificence of Meades's creation.

Pompey is an obscene, suppurating vision of an England in terminal decline. The story begins with Guy Vallender, a fireworks manufacturer from Portsmouth, who has four children by different four different women. There's Poor Eddie, a feeble geek with a gift for healing; 'Mad Bantu', the son of a black prostitute, who was hopelessly damaged in the womb by an attempted abortion; Bonnie, who is born beautiful but becomes a junkie and a porn star; and finally Jean-Marie, a leather-wearing gay gerontophiliac conceived on a one-night stand in Belgium.

The narrator is 'Jonathan Meades', cousin to Poor Eddie and Bonnie, who tells the story of how their strange and poisonous destinies intersect. And although there is no richer stew of perversity, voyeurism, corruption, religious extremism and curdled celebrity in all of English literature, there is also an underlying compassion and a jet-black humour which makes Pompey an important and strangely satisfying work of art. Prepare to enter the English novel's darkest ride...

Pompey Reviews

  • 'If Meades was a racehorse you'd be calling for a stewards' enquiry. There's something in his feed which gives him the lot' Iain Sinclair, Kaleidoscope
  • 'There is no doubt that Pompey is the product of a brilliant mind: one would not, however, wish to dine with its author' Nick Hornby, TLS
  • 'Disgusting and brilliant - should earn Meades justifiable comparison to Joyce, Celine, Pynchon' Vogue

About Jonathan Meades

Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. He is the author of Filthy English, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, The Fowler Family Business, Museum Without Walls and Pompey. In 2014, he published the first volume of his autobiography, An Encyclopaedia of Myself. His many films for the BBC include Abroad in Britain, Meades Eats, Meades on France, The Joy of Essex, Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness and, most recently, Franco Building.

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NPB9781783528547
9781783528547
1783528540
Pompey by Jonathan Meades
New
Paperback
Unbound
2021-03-25
496
N/A
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