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what was new
April-June 2003


29 June 2003
A quartet of books with absolutely nothing in common whatsoever: William Butler's The Butterfly Revolution, a TV biography of David Lloyd George, The Savage, a novel ghost-written for Peter Haining, and an undergraduate prank from the 1940s, The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath.

24 June 2003
This is a special addition of books about advertising, the entire point of which is to celebrate the arrival of yet another sister-site from Mr James Rymer, this time dedicated to reprinting old magazine and newspaper adverts. You'll find the site at:

Flogging Dead Horses

Have a look, you might like it a little bit, or you might not: in either case, it's not going to take up much of your time, is it?

22 June 2003
Here's a decent selection for those of who were despaired of any trash turning up ever again on this site: first a brace of Seventies terrorist books, The Fear Dealers and Hollow Target, then some screen stuff, Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders and Georgy Girl, and finally yet another Sherlock Holmes pastich, The Egyptian Hall Adventure.

15 June 2003
We're on non-fiction today, but trust me, this collection of books about the communist menace contains some really, really trashy non-fiction. The books on Jeremy Thorpe aren't trashy at all, but it's a subject of great morbid curiosity for those of us who were there at the time. I've also added a couple of links to which I'd like to draw your attention: Hamlyn Horror and Sticking It To The Man: the former does what it says on the tin, the latter covers counter-cultural fiction from 1965-75. I like both, and you will as well.

11 June 2003
Okay, I know this site is called Trash Fiction, and I know that some of you only come here lured by the promise of Ms Keeler, Ms Richmond and Ms McKinney, but just occasionally, I like to slip in a serious book just to keep us all on our toes. Today is such an occasion, and I'd like to welcome the arrival of John Summers' second novel, Dylan. For those who need to catch up, I'd also draw your attention to Mr Summers' first book, The Disaster.

7 June 2003
Loyal followers of this site (of whom, I am sure, there are none) will know that there's little rhyme and still less reason to the stuff that I add to it. So this week I included de Sade's The Illustrated Justine, because (a) it was the anniversary of the birth of the Divine Marquis, and (b) I like him. And today I'm adding Bonnie and Clyde, Tomboy and Company & Co. If you remember this latter, then it's a bit late to tell you, but you really should have got out more. And for cult enthusiasts, here's Cyborg, incomplete without Lee Majors.

1 June 2003
Some of these are cover scans, but I think you'll see why they had to be included when I run through the list: Maladjusted Female, Angel Challenge, The Face of Evil and The Bamboo Demons. (A bit of a steep fall-off there, I'm afraid.) Then there are a trio of additional covers to existing pages: The Official Adam Ant Story, The New Avengers and an alternative version of The Specialist, which goes some way to capturing how unpleasant the book is.

25 May 2003
Like last week, this is a question of never mind the width, feel the quality, a pair of novels set in the hippy end of the Sixties: Sappho In Absence and A Bed of Flowers. Again like last week, neither is actually trash fiction at all, except for the fact that I like them lots, this is my site and what I say goes.

18 May 2003
Well, I was away for the best part of a week, and whilst on my travels I took a book each by my two favourite writers from this site: Gillian Freeman and James Robert Baker. And here they are: The Liberty Man and Tim and Pete. Both are very fine and worth a few hours of your time.

11 May 2003
Here's a rum bunch. Mike Winters is best known as part of an alleged comedy double-act, but he also had a stab at novel-writing in his time. Meanwhile Sol Yurick gets another book here with The Bag, and we have a classic novel of submission, The Slave. And finally there are cover scans of another GF Newman trilogy, the Law and Order series. Incidentally, this update brings the size of this site (exluding the sales bits) over the 1500-page mark. Or, as financial journalists say, through the psychologically important 1500 level.

6 May 2003
Just a note that the search function has returned on the home page. I was having some problems, but now I'm not.

5 May 2003
No additions today but a slight restructuring. I used to have an index page for gay books. That then became gay & lesbian, and then gay, lesbian & transgender. And now I've finally given up on trying to separate things out anymore and they're all subsumed into a new index called alternative sexuality. This is stuff that's not just porn (or not even porn) but the slightly more serious end of the subject of deviant sex, and is now therefore home to books like the splendid Binding With Briars. I think it makes sense.

2 May 2003
A trio of British humorous works from the 1970s: the genius that is A Melon For Ecstasy by John Fortune & John Wells, Eric Idle's less convincing Hello Sailor and, continuing the Monty Python theme, Ralph Hoover's novelization of Jabberwocky.

23 April 2003
Slowing down? Yes, but don't you worry about that, we'll be back up to speed in no time. Meanwhile here's Steve Martin's Shopgirl, here's another novel about Oscar Wilde, this time from Peter Ackroyd, and - in a dictionary definition of bathos - here's The Bees. And a couple of cover scans for those who like that sort of thing: Robin of Sherwood and The Bee Gees.

14 April 2003
Surely this is one of the great unholy trinities of all time: Caligula, Stalin and Frankenstein. You really can't say fairer than that.

8 April 2003
So who's in here? Well, we have a brace of drug guides from the 1960s, a couple of additions to existing pages on Get Smart and Expresso Bongo and finally a novelization that will split the generations between those who say, oh yes, I'd forgotten all about that, and those who say, huh? It's Waggoners' Walk. Oh yes it is.

1 April 2003
Here we go. A couple of novels that virtually define the concept of trash fiction: Guardian Angels and The Wild White Witch. Do you need me to tell you that they're both fabulous? Oh, well, they are.


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