June 26, 2017

Gravity’s Volkswagen by Geoff Nicholson

I’ve just finished reading Gravity’s Volkswagen, and I have to say it’s not my favourite of Geoff Nicholson’s books. (Whilst reading this one I’ve done reviews on the others I’ve read – you can find them via my Geoff Nicholson page).

Gravity's Volkswagen by Geoff NicholsonIt’s about a novelist who is experiencing one of his books being made into a film for the first time (possibly based on Nicolson’s own experience with the filming of What we did on our holiday – that became the film Permanent Vaction).

It is a great premise with some fantastic locations – but it should be thicker. At only 194 pages Nicholson should have filled out the plots and characters a bit more. The foundations are all there – but there’s not enough to make the characters truely engaging.

And in those foundations are some great things – including a “Louie Louie” bar night – where the band just play Louie Louie all night long – GREAT idea! And Motorhead Phil’s automotive freakshow – where every stunt happens in a Beetle, and there’s a man called Barry who can’t get out of his beetle because he’s eaten too much.

Nicholson has interspersed the story with some interesting facts about VW Beetles, and at the end there are synopses of some other books written by the story’s author character Ian Blackwood – I’d love to see some of these in prints – total pastiche’s on trashy literary genres.

I don’t regret reading this book – but I wish I’d re-read one of his others.

Bleeding London by Geoff Nicholson

Bleeding London by Geoff NicholsonI read Bleeding London by Geoff Nicholson many years ago – but it’s a great book. One I really must put on my re-read list.

A very darkly funny novel – and obsessed about London. I read it around the same time I read London Fields by Martin Amis – another London centric novel.

If you like Amis, Irvine Welsh, etc you’ll enjoy this book. It tells about 2 men. Mick Walton a hard-man who travels to London to get revenge for his girlfriend’s rape. And Stuart London (shame about the name!) who sets out to walk every street of the city.

It was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize.

Footsucker by Geoff Nicholson

I read Footsucker by Geoff Nicholson when I was living in Coventry and travelling to work on a long bus ride each day – I wouldn’t recommend reading it on a bus. The cover doesn’t help – neither do the highly erotic passages throughout the book.Footsucker by Geoff Nicholson

Getting on at a bus stop next to shoe stop isn’t great either!!

The story focuses on a foot fetishist, and his quest to find women who understand / are happy to be part of the fulfilment of his fetish.

He finds the most beautiful feet, on a not-unwilling female. And an amazing cobbler. Overall the book explores excess and fetishism.