Now updated! Have you ever worried about not being quite hip enough? Or maybe you are one of those who flaunts your unhipness with abandon. Either way, Little Guide to Unhip is for you. Although it charts my own personal unhip top 50 with the likes of Gilbert O’Sullivan, Morris Dancing, Vicar of Dibley, Shopping Trolleys and Brolleys, I picked those characters, characteristics, attributes or material objects with a universally unhip feeling to them. Each is given an unhip rating up to five for you to keep a count of your own and includes personal anecdotes. There is also a 'bubbling under' list for a further those unhips things not quite making the top 50.
This book carries a warning: some readers may seriously dent their coolness if caught reading this material!
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About the Author
I’ve been been writing for over thirty years. I realized my unhip credentials were mounting so I decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip is published by Night Publishing However, I’m not completely unhip. My punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published my novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of my satirical novella Lost The Plot. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007). I’ve had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and now published as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011) I also received a Southern Arts bursary for my novel Where A Shadow Played (now renamed ‘Did You Whisper Back?). I’m gradually in the process of getting most of my books published and previously unpublished work onto Smashwords and Kindle. My novels tend to be character-driven and a bit quirky or gritty – whether contemporary or retro – and deal with issues of today: drugs abuse, homelessness and neighbourhood conflicts, and a common theme is about the experience of being an outsider in society.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An amusing read, with the occasional flash of real insight. Well written and impeccably presented. While it may be British in many of the references, there is no reason it should not strike a chord with Americans as well. So much of our culture is world-wide these days.
Frank, candid and never squeamish about debunking the 'debunkable'. In places, the author is brave enough to be almost self-effacing if it reveals the funny or ironic side of our popular conceits and this was, I thought, really refreshing when some of us - I include myself - sometimes take ourselves a little too seriously instead of enjoying life as it comes. Kate Rigby has a sprightly wit in exposing the banality of some of our prejudices as to what is/ is not à la mode. The hip and the unhip in Kate Rigby's sojourns in Europe, from Salzburg to Albania, was pure entertainment; not just because of the carefully equated cool/uncool but because of the sometimes tumultuous blips in the intended itinerary which were a delight to share - albeit via print rather than presence at the point of blip. Even the subject of 'early birds' arriving at parties is touched upon with an endearing humour, balancing the intricacies of what is and what isn't etiquette, in all its follies. Yes, pure entertainment.
'Little Guide to Unhip' is a bit like an elimination quiz show or an assault course. Will you make it to the end unscathed? And I was doing so well. I don't have any Gilbert O'Sullivan records, and never had any intention of buying any, nor Leo Sayer. I have been to Austria but I have no particular desire to return. And I only have a couple of pairs of elasticated trousers because somebody bought them for me, and I only wear them very rarely. I hate umbrellas, as you would if you were 6'5" - a true spokes-in-the-eye job. Morris dancing - pah! And then, and then, dammit - 'Tim' is deemed by Ms. Rigby to be one of the most unhip names in the universe. Damned from birth! Loved the book, though. Very funny. Actually, there was a learning point - how we pick up cultural prejudices almost by osmosis as mine are mostly identical to Ms. Rigby's. Now that is worrying ....