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Josh Shoe­make I.B. Taurus Pub­lished: July 2018 Price: £9.99

Poised at the north­ern­most tip of Africa, just nine miles across the Strait of Gi­bral­tar from Europe and over­look­ing both the Mediter­ranean and the At­lantic, Tang­ier is more than a des­ti­na­tion, to some, it is an es­cape. The In­ter­zone, as Wil­liam Bur­roughs called it, has at­tracted spies, out­laws, out­casts and writ­ers for cen­turies - men and women work­ing out at the edge of lit­er­ary forms, break­ing through artis­tic bor­ders.

Many writ­ers have been drawn to Tang­ier and liv­ing there pro­duced re­sults which were some of the most in­cen­di­ary and in­flu­en­tial books of our time, the most prom­i­nent be­ing Bur­roughs'

Naked Lunch and Paul Bowles' The Shel­ter­ing Sky.

But this book is not just a col­lec­tion of writ­ers' ex­cerpts. In­stead the reader is taken on a tour of the city, from ar­rival at the port to the neigh­bour­hood of Ibe­ria, with a won­der­ful, eru­dite guide who knows the city in­side out. And on the way he weaves in the sto­ries about the fa­mous res­i­dents who lived here in the most en­ter­tain­ing way. Shoe­make is a mas­ter sto­ry­teller and guide.

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