In 2008 blogger, newspaper columnist, clothes store owner and Soho scene veteran Clayton Littlewood released his first book: Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho.
The book, which began life as a blog with a cult following that later became a popular column in The London Paper, was based on Clayton's experiences running the Dirty White Boy clothes store with partner Jorge Betancourt in Soho's Old Compton Street.
Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho captured a memorable moment in Soho's history and found humour and affection for the prostitutes, street cleaners, transsexuals, bag ladies and shoplifters that Clayton encountered on one of the most colourful street corners in the world.
Reviewers compared the book to the diaries of Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. In 2009 it was named Gay Times Book of the Year and was endorsed by celebrities such as Elton John, Stephen Fry, Holly Johnson and Sebastian Horsley.
In April 2009 Clayton turned the book into a play. It premiered at the Trafalgar Studios in London's West End and starred Clayton and the actor David Benson. It sold out. The play returned a year later for an extended run receiving reviews from, among others, Nicholas de Jongh and Paul Gambaccini.
Now Clayton's written a sequel, Goodbye to Soho.
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