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It is strange, I suppose, that I have not yet got around to mentioning Jonathan Coe's Like A Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson much on the site. Strange because, as you'll all know, it won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2005 and I've read it and I've been banging on about BS Johnson for years!

It is, indeed, a very fine biography - a form I have little love for. Before reading it, I wondered whether Johnson's failed fictions and his sad life needed memorialising, but after reading it, one is left in no doubt. Coe has written an excellent book.

Continuum, Coe's US publisher, have the introduction (pdf beware!) online. And BBC promise an extract (pdf beware!), but my computer couldn't navigate the link ...

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