From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots: How Music, Clothes and Going Out Shaped My Life and Upset My Mother

Geoff Deane

£16.99

As the lead singer of Modern Romance he toured the world, as the screenwriter of Kinky Boots he conquered Hollywood, now comes Geoff Deane’s latest act as a quite brilliant and witty ranconteur in his hilarious memoir From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots….

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‘A very funny book packed with very funny stories, written by a very funny and often peculiar man’ Jonathan Ross

The missing link between Micky Flanagan and David Sedaris’ Kimberley Chamber

‘From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots is to London’s east end as early Mamet is to Chicago. Your morning coffee WILL come out of your nose repeatedly’ George Wendt (Norm from Cheers)

‘The Samuel Pepys of East London’ Maurice Gran

‘There are worse groups than Modern Romance. But can anyone seriously think of one?’ Morrissey

As the lead singer of Modern Romance he toured the world, as the screenwriter of Kinky Boots he conquered Hollywood, now comes Geoff Deane’s latest act as a quite brilliant and witty ranconteur in his hilarious memoir From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots….

Geoff has been a fly-pitcher working out of a suitcase, and flogged suits on Brick Lane market in London’s East End. He was the singer in a much-loved culty punk band the Leyton Buzzards, a floppy-haired pop star in Modern Romance, a songwriter, and record producer. He wrote a gay anthem for John Waters drag queen muse Divine, worked as journalist and restaurant critic for style magazines The Face and Arena, before becoming a successful writer and producer of TV comedy. And then he wrote a couple of films, one of which, Kinky Boots became a Tony Award winning Broadway stage show.

This is the tale of life lived large, a collection of uproarious and often moving stories from Geoff’s youth as a clothes obsessed Jewish suedehead, hanging out in Tottenham dancehalls, via straight Bowie Boy frequenting London’s gay clubs, gender confusion in Manhattan’s Studio 54, and on to huge career success as a screenwriter.

With a cast ranging from local oddballs to international celebrities, Geoff Deane’s unique take on the world is only matched by his extraordinarily rich use of language, with a smattering of Cockney rhyming slang, Yiddish and Polari.

Introduction by Maurice Gran

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