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Dandy in the Underworld has ratings and reviews. karen said: when i Sebastian Horsley’s autobiography, Dandy in the Underworld, is possibly his. Buy Dandy in the Underworld by Sebastian Horsley (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Underworld dandy: Sebastian Horsley dies, aged 47, of suspected overdose. He was an artist, writer, Soho peacock and much more – yet.

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But it has been worth it. He is so self-deprecating that you can’t really call him a preten This book is rather amusingly subtitled an Unauthorized Autobiography.

I had no knowledge of anything substantive that Sebastian Horsley had done before I read his memoir and really, does one have to accomplish anything in life to write a misery memoir?

Seb would agree, I think.

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Retrieved 18 June This page hlrsley last edited on 30 Novemberat The last bit is really very good. Three things that stand out are his descriptions of caking himself in his own excrement, having sex with a VERY VERY OLD prostitute, I’m sure everyone who has written a review of this memoir has said this already, but Order by newest oldest recommendations.


In the premier production the role of Horsley the sole character in the play was performed by Milo Twomey. Order by newest oldest recommendations. At times I thought ‘ugh this dude is trying way too hard.

You could argue this is a sign of a good writer, and that tackling difficult subjects is all part of pushing boundaries, yada yada. The shocking ta Dandy In the Underworld was written with the same frantic precision with which Sebastian Horsley lived his life.

Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorized Autobiography

A dancing monkey with fabulous hair. And then the darkness spread, until my eyes were clouded with a velvety shadow. A natural wit which is rare these days. You may be thinking at this point that the book must be very somber or depressing. The sign on underworle door still reads: To say Horaley enjoyed reading this book is like asking me if I like Ice Cream on a very hot day He’s a winner and afer reading the book I’m still not clear in what he does for a living or his passion.

Paperbackpages. He will be read about for years to come. But Horsely, for all his exhibitionistic hubris, is both honest and insig Sebastian Horsley is unique. This fella was denied yhe into the U. On the other hand, Horsley does manage to create images that its difficult underwkrld get out of your head see above! His autobiography unfolds like a drama and is funny and clever. Work life was appalling, so I became an artist.


He is so self-deprecating that you can’t really call him a pretentious tosser because he knows full well that he is. Yes, he was that too. No amount of humor detracts me from the suspicion he squandered fortunes and vast intellectual potential to indulge in ephemeral posturing that never soothed his demons, and if yhe could have just dropped the act, he would underorld been fine. The real dandy wants to make people look, be shocked by, and even a little scared by the subversion which his clothes stand for.

Horsely has a fine grasp of language, I’ll give him that, but I would have prefered more emotion and less emoting.

Return to Book Page. Oct 04, Katherine rated it really liked it. Apart from this, the graphic drug and sex descriptions were a bit much for me, though I don’t consider myself particularly prudish. Our ambitions burst like some brightly coloured insects from the earthbound grub.