From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots

How Music, Clothes and Going Out Shaped My Life and Upset My Mother

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Pub Date 26 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2023

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‘A very funny book packed with very funny stories, written by a very funny and often peculiar man’ Jonathan Ross

As the lead singer of Modern Romance he toured the world, as the screenwriter of Kinky Boots he conquered Hollywood, now comes Geoff Deane’s latest act as a brilliant and witty ranconteur in this hilarious memoir.

Geoff Deane has worked as a fly-pitcher selling out of a suitcase, and flogged suits on Brick Lane market in London’s East End. He was the singer in a much-loved culty punk band the Leyton Buzzards, a floppy-haired pop star in Modern Romance, a songwriter, and record producer.  

He wrote a gay anthem for John Waters drag queen muse Divine, worked as journalist and restaurant critic for style magazines The Face and Arena, before becoming a successful writer and producer of TV comedy. And then he wrote a couple of films, one of which, Kinky Boots, became a Tony Award winning Broadway stage show. 

With a cast ranging from local oddballs to international celebrities, Geoff Deane’s unique take on the world is only matched by his extraordinarily rich use of language, with a smattering of Cockney rhyming slang, Yiddish and Polari. A glossary is provided. 



‘A very funny book packed with very funny stories, written by a very funny and often peculiar man’ Jonathan Ross

As the lead singer of Modern Romance he toured the world, as the screenwriter of Kinky...


A Note From the Publisher

Geoff Deane was born and still lives in East London. He was the singer with punk band the Leyton Buzzards before going on to form hit salsa dance combo Modern Romance. He worked as a journalist on The Face and Arena and subsequently became a TV and film scriptwriter. His film Kinky Boots went on to become a globally successful, award-winning stage show. A big champion of the area he argues that Chas and Dave would be hailed as indigenous folk heroes had they lived anywhere else.

Geoff Deane was born and still lives in East London. He was the singer with punk band the Leyton Buzzards before going on to form hit salsa dance combo Modern Romance. He worked as a journalist on...


Advance Praise

‘From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots is to London's east end as early Mamet is to Chicago. Your morning coffee WILL come out of your nose repeatedly.’ George Wendt (Norm from Cheers)  

‘London’s riposte to Damon Runyan’ Tony Parsons 

‘The Samuel Pepys of East London’ Maurice Gran 

‘There are worse groups than Modern Romance. But can anyone seriously think of one?’ Morrissey 

Selecting it as a highlight for October in The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson said ‘Muswell Press is – not without justification – touting him as ‘the missing link between Micky Flanagan and David Sedaris’. It certainly made me laugh.’

‘From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots is to London's east end as early Mamet is to Chicago. Your morning coffee WILL come out of your nose repeatedly.’ George Wendt (Norm from Cheers)  

‘London’s...


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  • Comedy Club circuit
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ISBN 9781739123895
PRICE £16.99 (GBP)
PAGES 272

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Very interesting autobiography about a man who has had a very full life indeed.
Not as hilarious as the blurb promised it would be, but there are several stories that are quite amusing.
For a free book, it is well worth the download!

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As a lover of fashion (particularly Mod fashions) and Music (eclectic), I was very much looking forward to reading this memoir. Well, it doesn't disappoint. Geoff is a born raconteur and he perfectly illustrates the changing times. I really enjoyed this book, thanks.

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A vastly entertaining and hysterical account of the weird and wonderful showbiz life off Geoff Deane. Packed with laughs

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I had a blast reading this collection of essays that together form a memoir. It was like I was invited to the pub and got to have a conversation with Deane over a pint -- for all the essays! There was times I was laughing so hard that I doubled over! The imagery and his turn of phrase turned these amazing incidents into situations I could vividly imagine. My favourite bit has to be the dog and the hot water. I just couldn't stop laughing for hours after-- I'm giggling now thinking about it! I also loved the cockney that sprinkled throughout -- it gave it a more authentic feel (again, helping my imagination to conjure us in the pub having a pint). My only complaint was that the stories weren't organized chronologically but knowing the basis of where they started and the point of them, it was easy to overlook it.

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This was a colourful look at a life lived loudly and well. I liked the fact that the author simply flung himself into anecdotes without any real sense of a narrative thread. Information just appeared as if it were more a random selection of essays. I find this quite satisfying. Autobiographies tend to struggle in the early years because unless that person had a particularly fascinating childhood, there's a fair amount of road to travel before noteworthy things happen. A non-linear narrative helps with that. It finished just as strangely as it began and I admire that. Funny, scathing, at times tender and poignant, but not too many times. I'd have liked more, but that's the way to leave people, wanting more.

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