I'm honoured to have just signed a contract with Zer0 Books- home to brilliant authors such as Mark Fisher and Laurie Penny- for my first non-fiction collection, 'Albion's Secret History'.
This volume compiles snapshots of English pop culture’s rebels and outsiders- from Evelyn Waugh to PJ Harvey via The Long Blondes and The Libertines. By focusing on cultural figures who served to define England, this book looks at those who have really shaped Albion’s secret history- not just its official cultural history, so often recited for Olympic Ceremonies and other self-congratulatory retrospectives. By departing from the narrative that dutifully follows the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols and Oasis and by instead penetrating the surface of England’s pop history (including the venues it was shaped in) this piece throws new light on ideas of Englishness. Showing the moments at which outsiders used music, literature and film to take centre stage and alter our sense of a sometimes green but sometimes unpleasant land.
‘Guy Mankowski has written the book I've been wanting to read for years.
‘Albion's Secret History’ is a highly intelligent and loving meditation on creativity and artistic freedoms, pursued over decades by a host of innovators, to those who had previously been denied on the basis of their position within English culture. Mankowski joins so many beautiful dots and creates a mesmerising story of social struggle and the shock and influence of the new. Magnificent and truly brilliant.’
Daniel Gothard, author of Reunited and Simon Says.
‘No future in England’s Dreaming? The gleaming fragments of the nation’s cultural and countercultural histories unearthed by Guy Mankowski’s Albion’s Secret History suggest otherwise.’
Karl Whitney, author of Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop.