The Peanut Factory by Deborah Price – the true story of a young woman living in squats in South London (Crystal Palace) in the late 70s during the emerging counterculture scene. Squat life was sex, drugs, and punk rock, but it wasn’t all fun and games. The Peanut Factory shows Deborah navigating a male-dominated scene, moving every few months and living with drug dealers, sex workers, and working-class kids like her. Despite the chaos, the squatters were a family. They were kids creating their own rules. Making art. Living life on the fly. The Peanut Factory is an ode to the youthful rebellion of the 1970s and to London itself.
“Telling journal about the London squat scene in the post punk era. Compelling and disturbing in equal measure — especially the outside toilets.” — Jim Tavaré, comedian, actor, and musicianDeborah Price is a gifted storyteller whose formative years will remind readers how it feels to be young, broke, uncomfortable and marginalised, but gloriously hopeful and madly in love with life. A must-read for anyone who was there or wishes they had been. — Nikki Sheehan, author of Goodnight, Boy“An evocative and heart-wrenching story, The Peanut Factory journeys deep into the squatland of 1970s Britain.” — Matthew Worley, professor of Modern History, University of Reading “A window into a time of raw energy and rough edges, Deb Price paints a vivid picture of life in the squats of South London. By turns amusing and alarming, but always engaging, we accompany a teenager as she navigates her way to womanhood in a sub-culture on the margins.” — Allie Rogers, author of Little Gold and Tale of a Tooth “A beautifully grungy coming-of-age memoir set in the squats of 1970s London.