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.