Tuesday 22 January 2019

Night Time Cool by Jamie Paradise @JamieParadise_ #RandomThingsTours @unbounders #MyLifeInBooks #NightTimeCool

Bent Met police detective DI Frederick Street rules as the Sheriff of Shoreditch who loves shaking down the street goons he arrests. 
Elvis Street is the son who cannot stand his father for being the balls-out crook he caught in bed with his girl. 
Elvis wants to take Frederick down and end him forever. Neither father or son realises how much the other understands what controls them. Neither father or son will ever back down. 
Night Time Cool is the story of why?

Night Time Cool by Jamie Paradise was published by Unbound on 24 July 2018. As part of the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour, I'm delighted to welcome the author here today. He's talking about the books that are special to him in My Life In Books.

My Life In Books - Jamie Paradise

Hunger by Knut Hamsun - Nobel Prize for Literature winner published this in 1890 about a young Norwegian who is starving and thus delusional. Impossible to forget.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – Booker winner that fictionalises a night of Abraham Lincoln’s life as he agonises over his dead son (a true event); the bardo being a Tibetan state between life and rebirth.

Quiet Days in Clichy by Henry Miller – the author who showed me that, yes, there is stuff to write, this tome based on the great man’s time in Paris in 1930s: autobiographical, lyrical, vibrant.

The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills by Charles Bukowski – the only poet worth reading who made walking to the fridge a Wagnerian happening: just take in the title of this volume, alone.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Catherine, Heathcliff and Emily B: what a trio. This is her sole published novel, at 29, a year before her death: WOW. Beautiful and vivid and sad.

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy – a searing “proper” western set in and around southern USA and Mexico in 1849-50 that features “the kid” and Judge Holden: once read, never forgotten.

White Jazz by James Ellroy – a synaptic, symphonic novel about corrupt Lieutenant Dave Klein in late 1950s LA who knows he’s destroying himself.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham – takes on Mrs Dalloway in Pulitzer Prize-winning style by linking 1920s Virginia Woolf with a Clarissa in 1940s LA and a Clarissa in 1990s New York: only literature can make time travel.

Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard - hilarious and sweetly plotted and teeming with Hawaiian shirted goons and chancers – as smart/slick as EL ever got.

Lindberg by A. Scott Berg – amazing biography of the 1st to fly non-stop from New York to Paris, a man who suffered the kidnapping of his son, and who insisted on sleeping outside all his life (another Pulitzer-winner).

Careless Love: The Unmaking Of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick – the second part of a two-book biography. You think you know The King’s story then you read this: funny and colourful and heart-breaking in all kinds of ways.

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler – my fave by the Don of cool-hand-luke gumshoe-writing. The title alone a poem.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – all stories, whatever the plot, are about what’s right and wrong. This book features a bad boy – Raskolnikov – who makes the wrong choice while it just feels right. Brilliant.

Jamie Paradise - January 2019 

Jamie Paradise writes all his stuff in a darkened mansion filled with the cadavers of ancestors 

The Observer says of Night Time Cool: "Paradise conveys the sheer thrill of partying beautifully; he writes of a piece of music that: ‘It wailed, it reprised, it was a choral hymn a kaleidoscopic, sensate burst of everything right now...'"

Simon Mayo's Books of the Year podcast: "Like John Niven, Jake Arnott - I really enjoyed it - very much worth your time."

Mail on Sunday: "A punchy streetwise caper, packed with memorable characters."

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