Tuesday, 28 May 2013

My Back Pages

I love books. I buy new books to read on my Kindle; I buy real books from the Folio Society for their beautiful designs and illustrations; I also have become quite obsessed with second-hand paperback books from the fifties and sixties. One of the shops I buy from is My Back Pages in Balham. Yesterday I picked up some rather nice books for a bargain price. A couple of them - the Kerouac and the Burroughs - I've been eyeing for some time, but the price was a little steep. Yesterday they were half-price. But I'm not happy. The reason they, along with the rest of the stock, were selling at a knock-down price is that the shop is closing down. One of the best-known and best-loved secondhand bookshops in London is closing its doors. Sure, you can find more second-hand books online than ever before, but there's nothing that beats pottering around among the shelves and stacks of a shop like My Back Pages. You can't potter online.

Below are scans of the books. The Chatterley Trial, Naked Lunch and Dharma Bums are all first editions and the Kerouac in particular is a real rarity in that condition.


  1. I've read very recently the 5 available issues of Storm Dogs and I was astonished by the amazing story and jaw-dropping art, naturally a few Google and Amazon searches brought me here.

    So I'm bound to ask, which work of yours should I read now? It seems Bulletproof Coffin gets high praise reviews across the board, but I'm not sure if it's on the same cue (Also, is it finished?).

    Anyway, congratulations on your fantastic work.

  2. There are indeed 2 complete volumes of The Bulletproof Coffin available in trade. They are very different to Storm Dogs, but you can check out an issue for free here: or indeed download the first issue free from Comixology here

    If that's not your thing there is The Darkness ongoing from Top Cow - 2 volumes available in trade, or Spiderman Noir - two volumes available from Marvel. My last collaboration with Doug Braithwaite was The Brave and The Bold: Without Sin from DC but I think that's currently out of print.