"It is a northern, sporting version of Any Human Heart, a sweeping social history of 20th-century St Helens, in which Nevin pays due reverence to the greats from Tom van Vollenhoven to Keiron Cunningham but also finds time to dwell on lesser-known Saints: Christopher Chavasse, the future Bishop of Rochester - who was sent off twice; and James Peters, who had become the first black player to represent England at rugby union in winning two caps in 1907 and 'is the only Saints player whose father was eaten by a lion'. The photographs are stunning but the words are just as good." Andy Wilson of The Guardian on So Long Our Home.
"..A low bow to Charles Nevin for his latest, Lost in the Wash With Other Things: a delightful collection of knowing whimsy, illuminating observation and gentle irony from one of the very best writers of our Fleet Street generation. Salut!" Charles Laurence on Lost In The Wash With Other Things.
".Call me an old romantic - a sentimental fool - if you must but to me, the long, balmy days of Summer invariably revolved around ( or were anchored to ) a few always-present and wholly reliable constants......a new single by The Kinks, a cold beer consumed in an overgrown but homely garden, lunches which relied to an unhealthy degree on salad cream.
Being a traditionalist - the sort of chap who has always believed that the evolution of the Human Race ended when Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar - I have long thought it unlikely that my list of " creature comforts " would be extended as I began the surprisingly rapid descent towards old-age.
And then along came, without undue fanfare, Charles Nevin. I confess that I had read much of his stuff down the years and was an admirer of his gentle and gentile style - the witty observation, the smart turn of phrase, the ability to move genuine warmth from page to reader, the delightful ability to breath three-dimensional life into two-dimensional characters.
Lost in the Wash With Other Things is a gem....an absolute delight........a sumptuous feast for those who crave stylish crafting, innovative writing, humour and prose which can in turn move and amuse.
I consumed this beauty of a book so swiftly that I had no option but to re-read inside 72 hours.
Buy, pour that cold beer, sit back and let it swallow you up..." Ian Ross, journalist and author, on Lost In The Wash With Other Things.
"As an elderly radio drama producer verging on senility, I often enjoy looking back on the best productions that I never made...and one would have featured the late, great Alan Rickman playing the part of King John in Charles Nevin's wonderfully funny monologue "Lost in the Wash". Alas, I was unable to persuade the BBC to share my enthusiasm for the piece - but at least we can now all read it in printed form. But "Lost in the Wash" is just one of several treats. Those who have enjoyed the author's "Captain Moonlight" articles over the years will not be surprised that this "columnist and chronicler of engaging curiosities" has produced a brilliant hotchpotch of entertaining stories in this delightfully diverting book. Where else would you find King John rubbing shoulders with an Asian sub-postmaster, Peter Rabbit and Little Noddy? Five stars here, not for supreme literary genius - but for producing a book that is enormous fun to read!" Gordon House, former Head of BBC Radio Drama and independent producer.
"An absolute joy . . . an admirable, engaging portrait. Nevin has a wonderful eye for observation." Joanna Lumley in The Times on Lancashire, Where Women Die Of Love.
"Very funny ... strongly recommended," Francis Wheen on Lost In The Wash With Other Things.
"This is a book of pure delight. Charles Nevin is a writer of wit, charm, and above all, humour," Matthew Fort on Lost In The Wash And Other Things.