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House of Nutter


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Generously illustrated and deeply researched, this social history and fashion biography tells the gripping story of Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, rock'n'roll London and gay life in the 60s-70s

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Lance Richardson has written for numerous publications, including the Guardian, the New Yorker (online), and several international iterations of GQ. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he now lives in New York City.


"Richardson has created a pattern-perfect double-breasted biography of two gay brothers, who, in an unlikely rags to riches story, were brought up in north London and went on to shape the social and sartorial side of life in the 1960s" -- Helen Davies * Sunday Times, **Books of the Year** *
"Captivating ... an engaging analysis of the British class system and the fashion industry, gay liberation and the Aids crisis, which plays out like a binge-worthy Netflix series" -- Mark C O'Flaherty * Financial Times *
"Splendidly readable and gossipy ... a gripping read that is as much social history as it is biography ... House of Nutter, Richardson's first book, is a fine match of author and subject. He writes with flair and erudition, making extensive use of interviews with David, and bringing something new to the evocation of an era that might seem overfamiliar ... it's hard to find fault with this thoroughly enjoyably glimpse into high fashion and low life" -- Alexander Larman * The Observer *
"What makes Lance Richardson's biography so much more than a humdrum story of rags to riches -- or rather rags to bespoke -- is its illuminating and vividly drawn account of the milieu, both social and sartorial, in which Nutter moved, and the intriguing parallel history of his elder brother, David" -- Mick Brown * Sunday Telegraph *
"Lance Richardson's lively, affectionate, occasionally breathless book is a double narrative, the story of two brothers who rose from modest north London origins to the fringes of international stardom ... Compelling" -- Anthony Quinn * The Guardian *
"Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter dressed rock stars - it's his suits three of the Beatles are wearing on the cover of Abbey Road - and his brother David photographed them. An evocative portrait of two extraordinary careers" * Daily Mail *
"House of Nutter is a tale that is quintessential of its era, told by a biographer who combines pace and exhaustiveness" -- Anna Murphy * The Times *
"In House of Nutter, Lance Richardson brings back Tommy in all his cheeky, sexy, wicked glory" * Simon Callow *
"Reads with all the seamless splendour of a beautiful bespoke suit. Enchanting, irreverent and entertaining" * attitude *
"Through the lens of fashion, Lance Richardson superbly chronicles the greatest societal and cultural upheaval of the last century. House of Nutter potently underscores the inextricable relationship between the world we live in and the clothes we wear. I couldn't put it down" -- Tim Gunn, author of The Natty Professor
"Richardson susses out their [David and Tommy Nutter's] story lovingly, and with great panache. With all the ink that's been spilled on Beatlemania, Studio 54, sixties counterculture, and the rest, it's remarkable to find a new story to tell, with characters who were there all along, as if waiting for someone to notice" -- Michael Schulman * New Yorker *
"Tommy Nutter, the Rebel Tailor of Savile Row, dressed the Beatles and Elton John. Cheeky, aloof, camp, Nutter was drawn to glamour like a moth to a flame. Lance Richardson has restored his fame and gripping story in all its detail and pathos" -- Edmund White, author of Our Young Man and A Boy's Own Story
"Vivid and tragic" -- Dominic Green * Spectator *
"In the fabulous Nutter brothers, Lance Richardson has found a magical wormhole to Swinging London, Beatlemania, and Studio 54-destinations of the mind that feel both familiar and, through Tommy and David's eyes, sparklingly new. An effervescent tale, told with the pizzazz of a checked suit, perfectly tailored" -- Michael Schulman, author of Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
"An enjoyable and absorbing read about sartorial rigor and queer life that also happens to be a moving social history of mid-century London and New York" -- Adam Haslett, author of Imagine Me Gone

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