Dandies Take Care

Friday, 10 February 2017

The cover artwork for 'Different Class' has been approved and is now on amazon where it is available to pre-order before it's publication date on Thursday 13th July. I am told that traditionally books are always published on a Thursday, although I don't know why this is. I am very pleased with the cover. It is simple with elegant lettering, and suits the subject well. Laurie Cunningham was sometimes called 'flash' but he was not at all like that. He took great pride in dressing in a distinctive manner but never dressed merely for effect. The great music writer Nik Cohn in his 1971 book 'Today There Are No Gentlemen' gave his definition of men's style with the following words, "The word dandyism has taken on a totally false meaning. Popularly, it is supposed to mean display, exhibitionism but in fact, it only means perfectionism. Dandies take care they do not make gestures." Taken four years after this was written the photograph of Laurie Cunningham on the book's cover embodies the 'perfectionism' and 'care' of a teenage dandy in his prime.


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Nick Hadkiss
Nick Hadkiss says:

Shouldn't the heading to this page read along the lines of "A biography of the first professional black footballer to represent England U23"? It currently suggests something completely different, that Laurie was the first black footballer to make a living from the game in England.

February 13, 2017

Dermot Kavanagh
Dermot Kavanagh says:

Hello Nick - I see what you mean, although it is made clear in the opening sentence when you click through that it was as an under 21 player.

February 15, 2017

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