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BLOW JOB BY STEWART HOME Serpent’s Tail, London 1997
'He is the most interesting writer to come out of England for quite a while.' Harper's
'Stewart Home is heir to Richard Allen's '70s Skinhead ... revolutionary theory has never been easier to read.' Select
'Relentlessly cliched and driven by a slippery sense of humour, Home's deliberately bad writing does for the novel form what Viz does for the comic strip.' Times Literary Supplement
'The stuff of which cults are made.' Time Out
Trivia about Blow Job
The jacket for the UK edition was the work of The East End Image Factory who did three great covers for Home's Serpent's Tail books. The first design they did for Blow Job was even better than the redesign requested by Serpent's Tail; it showed the same skinhead whose face is featured on the cover of the published version, but in a body shot. The other covers for Stewart Home books designed by the East End Image Factory were the anthologies Mind Invaders and Suspect Device. One half of the East End Image Factory was photographer and designer Marcel Leilenhof, who also took the photographs used on the front of two Stewart Home covers designed by Erica Smith - No Pity and Red London. A photograph by Leilenhof was also used on the front cover of the Finnish edition of Home's second novel Defiant Pose.
Confusingly, Blow Job was originally titled Suspect Device but Home decided to shift that name onto a fiction anthology he edited for Serpent's Tail. Even more confusingly, Blow Job was at one time a working title for Home's second novel Defiant Pose. The publisher Peter Owen got cold feet about putting out a Home book with the title Blow Job after getting bad reaction from his sales reps, so at the last minute the name was switched back to what had in fact been the original working title for that tome. After the novel came out, Mike Heart of Compendium Bookshop told Home he'd put Blow Job in the window and had scores of people walking in off Camden High Street to buy it who didn't know anything about the book, they were simply attracted by the title. Home went on to have even more problems and greater (anti)-commercial 'success' with the title of his novel Cunt published by Do Not Press in 1999.
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