Wednesday, 02 November 2011 15:30

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Grey Love - Jason Shelley Grey Love - Jason Shelley

'Jason Shelley's work has a lingering profoundness which is subtle and powerfully indirect. A contemporary interpretive approach to poetry not seen often and usually discovered far too late. Grey Love, a modern day lexicon of subjective every day observation will leave most readers questioning the smaller details in life. I was moved by the attention to the intimate detail of sometimes mundane situation, this observation of what we may take for granted is gigantic in it's outlook on our too often transient and disposable culture.' Stewart Simpson, Waterstone's Bookshop, Piccadilly

Last Grey Love reading: 8.30pm on the 3rd December 2015 at the If Yesterday Were Today exhibition in East London E2 hosted by Berlin Blue. in 2015 Shelley also read from Grey Love in Tuscany and Berlin.

A cult classic and sold in London and throughout the UK, in New York bookshops and bookshops globally following it's publication in 2003.

A book of selected prose, short stories and poetry from a poet heavy on irony. This is an urban love story set in London.

Prose and poetry written with a cold detached style. Through every day life Shelley describes his own grey love. Beckettesque. Dark humour.

'The best book in the world...Shelley is an English Bukowski...'Cold Pizza Parts 1 and 2' are highlights, and 'Small TV' - 'I've got a small TV/ I want a big one...review by Tom Levinge

'Grey Love seduced me from the first page when the narrator is on a train next to a Nun (who happens to be eating an apple) on the way to Brighton. My colleague first showed me the book. She put it in our recommends section. She first became interested in it because it was published by a little known independent London book publisher she liked called Tlon Books Publishing.'  review titled 'Grey Love Grey Suit' by Percy Cole, Waterstone's Islington

 

 

 

 

 

'Grey Love is a great book. I ended up buying it on Amazon, but it first attracted my attention in Foyles on Charing Cross Road. I was browsing through the S's on the fiction shelf when I saw this beautful looking book face out next to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The book has a beautiful cover. A guy sits on a chair with a remote control in his hand. That is it. It doesn't sound much but it is a very striking image.

The book is a one hundred page paperback. On the spine you can see the logo of an, apparently, new independent publisher, who are Tlon Books. The logo looks smart and it looks like a smart setup. You get the feeling this publisher brings together good new ideas to bring out fresh new books.

Grey Love is, I think, a contemporary love story. The whole book is narrated by a London based writer, who is struggling to find love. It seems he is wondering what love is. Most of the book is written with a cold detached style. You are often left wondering if this is actually Jason Shelley or if he is posing as someone else.

I like the grey text (the ink is grey not black) because it makes the book look even better. It is nice to own a book like this especially because it is a limited edition; only 2000 were produced in East London. That is it. No more will get made.

Some of my favourite pieces in it are "the two boys and a girl" about a boy and a girl who meet on the corner of the street next to a bicycle. And I liked "London Bridge to Brighton" which is a letter the writer writes to himself, on a train, describing what thoughts he has.

This is very much a city book and it is a winter book. Don't ask me why- I can see myself reading it in the winter more than any other time of the year.' Amazon.co.uk review by Katie Smart

'5 stars for Grey Love. This writer comes across as an angst ridden poor English Bukowski. The irony in Grey Love is pure genius. 'Cold Pizza Parts 1 and 2' are highlights, and 'Small TV' - 'I've got a small TV/ I want a big one...I've got a DVD Player''  Amazon.co.uk review by Tom Levinge

'Jason Shelley's work has a lingering profoundness which is subtle and powerfully indirect. A contemporary interpretive approach to poetry not seen often and usually discovered far too late. Grey Love, a modern day lexicon of subjective every day observation will leave most readers questioning the smaller details in life. I was moved by the attention to the intimate detail of sometimes mundane situation, this observation of what we may take for granted is gigantic in it's outlook on our too often transient and disposable culture.' Stewart Simpson, Waterstone's Bookshop, Piccadilly

 

Additional Info

  • Author: Jason Shelley

Product Details

  • Price: £6.99