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M Train

By Patti Smith

Bloomsbury 272pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

‘It’s not so easy writing about nothing’, states Patti Smith at the beginning of M Train. She just makes it look easy. M Train is essentially a companion piece to her 2010 memoir, Just Kids, which was a record of her life in New York in the early 1970s with her friend the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. M Train is about her life now – living alone, avoiding social commitments, feeding her cats and sitting in cafes drinking black coffee.

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