'This biography is an affectionate and thorough introduction that will not be rivaled for some time. Its effect is to revitalize rather than reduce Bukowski's work.' Independent
This updated biography features a new preface by the author as well as an expanded notes section
Howard Sounes was born in England in 1965 and currently lives in London. He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Britain and abroad and is the author of Fred & Rose, the best-selling book about the lives and crimes of mass murderers Fred and Rosemary West.
* Wonderful - this is the first serious and thorough Bukowski biography. An excellent book about a remarkable man. Time Out * With no shortage of anecdotes, pictures or big names, this biography is so thorough and sharp that it may well be the last. Arena * This biography is an affectionate and thorough introduction that will not be rivaled for some time. Its effect is to revitalize rather than reduce Bukowski's work. Independent * A solid, informative and fascinating account - an excellent biography. Uncut * The dirty story of a dirty man, Howard Sounes's biography of Charles Bukowski confronts an ugly life with an unflinching stare ... this according to some of Sounes's meticulously compiled sources, was the kind of man who would drive a friend to drink himself to death then try to have sex with his grieving widow. -- Victoria Segal Guardian * This is an appropriately gutsy biography of Charles Bukowski, the American poet and novelist who almost singlehandedly inspired a generation of would-be writers to believe that you could spend your entire life getting drunk and still achieve a reputation as a cult author. -- Robert Collins Observer