Love and Poison (book)

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Love and Poison
Author David Barnett
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Carlton Publishing Group
Publication date
3 November 2003
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 304
ISBN 0-233-00094-1

Love and Poison is the official biography of the English alternative rock band Suede. The book, written by long-time band associate David Barnett, reveals the real stories behind singer Brett Anderson's battle with drugs, his relationship with Elastica's Justine Frischmann and the subsequent feud with Blur after she started stepping out with Damon Albarn.

Also covered in great detail is Bernard Butler's departure from the group, which includes accurate diary entries from drummer Simon Gilbert. The recruitment of 17-year-old schoolboy Richard Oakes, as well as keyboard player Neil Codling's struggle with illness and the band's final years are explained thoroughly. One writer wrote that: "The story of why their last two albums were such a mess, for instance, is far more interesting than either record."[1]

Compiled from hours of interviews with the band members and also featuring Frischmann, Mike Joyce and Ricky Gervais, the book also contains previously unpublished photographs.[2] Butler refused to be interviewed for the book.

The book was awarded 'Book of the Month' by The Observer.[3]


  1. ^ Sarll, Alex (26 November 2003). "David Barnett - Suede: The Authorised Biography". Manchester Evening News Archived at Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "We are the rock pigs!". 4 August 2003
  3. ^ "This month's literary pick: by David Barnett". The Observer. 19 October 2003