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One For The Trouble (Book Slam)

The Book Slam Annual

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


‘Book Slam has single-handedly dragged the London literary scene into the 21st century.’ Hari Kunzru

‘Book Slam is an amazing and unique phenomenon — an incredible boon for readers and writers — we’re all very lucky to have it in our world.’ William Boyd

One For The Trouble – Book Slam Volume One is the first publication from the UK’s premier literary event. Editor Patrick Neate approached eighteen Book Slam alumni, from household names like Irvine Welsh and William Boyd to newcomers like Kate Tempest and Sophie Woolley, to take a song title for inspiration for a new short story or poem. Simon Armitage’s poem, for example, reflects hauntingly on the suicide of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, while award-winning young adult author, Patrick Ness, stretches his skills with a darkly comic take on ‘Let Me Entertain You’. The resulting collection is unique, diverse and thoroughly entertaining. One For The Trouble provides a perfect snapshot of the very best contemporary British writing ( 

Full Contents:

1. Grave Architecture
(Pavement, 1995)
Richard Milward

2. New Gold Dream
(Simple Minds, 1982)
Hari Kunzru

3. New Dawn Fades
(Joy Division, 1979)
Simon Armitage

4. Comeback Girl
(Republic Of Loose, 2005)
Irvine Welsh

5. I'm Going Slightly Mad
(Queen, 1991)
Bernardine Evaristo

6. The Bed's Too Big Without You
(Sheila Hylton, 1981)
Kate Tempest

7. When I'm Sixty-Four
(The Beatles, 1967)
Joe Dunthorne

8. Tears Of A Clown
(Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, 1967)
William Boyd

9. The Message
(Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, 1982)
Paul Murray

10. Ascension
(John Coltrane, 1966)
Roger Robinson

11. Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
(Janelle Monáe, 2007)
Helen Oyeyemi

12. I Read My Sentence …
(Radka Toneff, 1986)
Don Paterson

13. Let Me Entertain You
(Robbie Williams, 1998)
Patrick Ness

14. Bank Holiday
(Blur, 1994)
Luke Wright

15. I Am The Walrus
(The Beatles, 1967)
Sophie Woolley

16. That Summer Feeling
(Jonathan Richman, 1984)
Jon Ronson

17. Underground
(Ben Folds Five, 1995)
Tim Key

18. Endless Art
(A House, 1992)
Jon McGregor

Customer Reviews


Such an eclectic mix of stories; funny, touching, tragic. Perfect little reads for a read before bed time. For anyone who is busy busy busy and struggles to find the time to read but would like to, then this book's for you. This is quality literature from some of the best known authors around, in bite size, bed-time reading snippet form.

Anyone that has been to this wonderful spoken word night...

...will have all their wishes fulfilled. It was the perfect size for those medium length public transport trips and thoroughly entertaining. Just like the podcasts. Great Value!!

Delightful diversity

Like many keen readers I generally prefer a good long book to short stories but this collection is decidedly different...
Every author has written a little gem of a piece but with their own distinctive approach so that the reader has the delightful experience of having no idea where the twists and turns will take you. From an exquisitely drawn rural Ireland (Come Back Girl) to the hilarious modern obsession with Facebook (I'm Going Slightly Mad) its a steal at this price!

One For The Trouble (Book Slam)
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 18 November 2011
  • Publisher: Book Slam Productions Ltd
  • Print Length: 189 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

Customer Ratings

More by Richard Milward, Hari Kunzru, Simon Armitage, Irvine Welsh, Bernardine Evaristo, Kate Tempest, Joe Dunthorne, William Boyd, Paul Murray, Roger Robinson, Helen Oyeyemi, Don Paterson, Patrick Ness, Luke Wright, Sophie Woolley, Jon Ronson, Tim Key, Jon McGregor, Patrick Neate & Robi Walters