Dandy In The Underworld


Britart dandy and wild boy Sebastian Horsley reveals the story of his own childhood as he takes the reader on a journey from Hull to hell and back.

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‘Like Salvador Dali’s confessions, only far funnier and more self-deprecating, Dandy in the Underworld entertains as much as it revolts, is as tender as it is shocking, and as genuine as it is false.’ Independent

Sure to shock and surprise, Sebastian Horsley recounts his life story with excruciating self-knowledge and a savage wit.

‘One of the funniest, strangest and most revolting memoirs ever written.’ Sunday Times

Growing up at High Hall, in Hull, with his alcoholic mother, who regularly attempted suicide, his stepfather, a cult member dressed in orange, and his father, a crippled millionaire, Sebastian Horsley couldn’t wait to leave home.

Searching for happiness, meaning and a good outfit he embarked on a doomed career as a punk guitarist, had a stormy relationship with a notorious Scottish gangster, enjoyed a wildly successful period as a stock-market entrepeneur and experienced a near fatal stint as a shark-hunter.

Sebastian charts his years as a dandy, an artist, a male escort and a brothel connoisseur. There are the love affairs, with Rachel 1 and Rachel 2, and a harrowing descent into heroin and crack addiction. Dandy in the Underworld evokes his desperate attempts to get clean, culminating in his crucifixion in the Philippines.

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Weight 241 g
Dimensions 19.9 × 13 × 2.3 cm










759.2 (edition:22)


General – Trade / Code: K

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