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A Likely Lad

A Likely Lad

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OK so it doesn’t go into huge detail about many of his exploits but I quite liked the fact it just gave a full on run through of his life without all the normal neediness or self importance you get from autobiographies. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Unfortunately this book lacks the poetic warmth Doherty is known for speaking in, and forgoes a lot of talk of the relationship between him and Carl in exchange for tedious goings on about drug binges and the like.It lacked a bit of detail and spark about certain things and felt more like a chronology of his life. Recently acquired by Little, Brown Book Group, Constable publishes a diverse range of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles.

Still, within the 300-odd pages are major revelations and intimate insights previously unheard of from the performer’s colourful life. As a somewhat lonely “army brat” – born in Northumberland but raised in Belfast, Cyprus, Germany, Dorset and Warwickshire – Doherty read Percy Shelley, Oscar Wilde and George Orwell.The way that the juxtaposition of public personas and private lives almost show two totally different people, is fascinating to me.

Doherty describes the well-documented incident in which he burgled Barât’s home, which led to his first prison sentence and first exile from the Libertines, as “a bit naughty, really”. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that for much of Pete’s adult life, and thus for much of the book, he was in active addiction, so the repetitiveness and mundaneness mirrors this reality.

Literature was a big thing for Doherty: Orwell, Wilde, Baudelaire, Thompson, Rimbaud, Bukowski, Cocteau, Genet, Doestetevsky, Pushkin, Bolaño. In his foreword he says he “can’t really admit defeat” and, despite a few near misses, he hasn’t had to.

Doherty reveals that beyond the tabloid hoopla, it wasn’t all brinksmanship and squalor; there was joy too, in the excess, in his relationship with Moss – at times “an Evelyn Waugh scene”, we learn, all secret rendezvous and four-poster beds – and in the camaraderie among bands, especially in the Libertines’ more ramshackle days. Doherty has since joked that the publishers have “taken all the good bits out” – after the lawyers of ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and former Libertines co-frontman Carl Barât had a good look at it.It sounds like he has the love of a very good woman on his side, and he's managed to find a way to access his creativity without the need for substances. Photograph: Pete Doherty View image in fullscreen ‘Enduring urge for fame’: The Libertines’ Pete Doherty, left, and Carl Barât in 2014.

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