Michael Curran
of Tangerine Press

Friday 20th March 2020

Q1) The first book you ever loved

Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs. I still have the first edition my auntie bought me when I was nine years old. I tried reading ‘proper books’ but could never get on with them. Just comics, up until I was 21. Which may surprise some folks.

Q2) The book I have read more than any other

Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press by Jeff Weddle. It is about Jon and Lou Webb and their publishing house. A love story too, of devotion to their art and each other. It was my bible in the early days of Tangerine.

Q3) A book that you despise

I cannot despise a book. But I have found many boring and, on occasion, that makes me angry. The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy, for example. I threw it across the room.

Q4) A book full of beautiful writing

There are some stunning moments in Archie Hill’s A Cage of Shadows.

Q5) The book you've been meaning to read for years, but haven't

Nothing immediately comes to mind. There are of course many books that people tell me I ‘should’ read. When I shake my head, they look horrified.

Q6) The book you're reading currently

Unexplained by Richard MacLean Smith. I highly recommend the podcast. I met Richard earlier this year and there will be an Unexplained Tangerine project at some point in the near future.

Q7) Your favourite short story

‘Acid’ by James Kelman.

Q8) Your all-time favourite novel

I am not sure I have one. Music of Chance by Paul Auster came close. So I suppose it is a toss up between Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton and Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys. ●

Michael Curran is the man at the helm of Tangerine Press, an independent publisher based in London which produces beautiful handcrafted publications and has published work by Billy Childish, James Kelman, William Wantling, Will Self, Jenni Fagan and Benjamin Myers. You can find out more about the company and its work right here: Visit Tangerine
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