A Crafty Cigarette is the powerful story of a teenager coming of age in the 70s as seen through his eyes, who on the cusp of adulthood, discovers a band that is new to him, which leads him into becoming a Mod.
A mischievous youth prone to naughtiness, he takes to mod like a moth to a flame, which in turn gives him a voice, confidence and a fresh new outlook towards life, his family, his school friends, girls and the world in general. Growing up in Sunbury -on-Thames where he finds life rather dull and hard to make friends, he moves across the river with his family to Walton -on -Thames in 1979, the year of the Mod Revival, where to his delight he finds many other Mods his age and older, and slowly but surely he starts to become accepted and furthermore, soon becomes a leading light within the young Mods of his peer group.
'I couldn't put it down because I couldn't put it down.'John Cooper Clarke August 2015
'A Great Debut That Deals With The Joys and Pains of Growing Up' Irvine Welsh April 2016
'Crafty Cigarette, all things Mod and a dash of anarchy. Want to remember what it was like to be young and angry? Buy this book. A great read' Phil Davis (Actor Chalky in Quadrophenia) August 2016
'Written in first person narrative, in a style and delivery reminiscent of Hunter S Thompson' Scootering Magazine
'It's a good book and an easy read. That's pretty much what most pulp fiction needs to be'Mod Culture
'Like a good Paul Weller concert the novel leaves you wanting more. I'll be very interested in reading whatever Matteo Sedazzari writes next.'Louder Than War
A Crafty Cigarette - Tales of a Teenage Mod - Matteo Sedazzari & John Cooper Clarke (Foreword By)
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