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Mick Guffan — Bent for the Job — Tangerine Press
Mick Guffan — Bent for the Job — Tangerine Press
  • Two editions: trade paperback & 50 numbered copies


Bent for the Job features new and collected poems from the late Mick Guffan's extensive archive.

"If art is required to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed then this collection succeeds beyond expectation."
Never Imitate (on Inner London Buddha)

This selection of ‘new poems’ by the late Mick Guffan (1953-2006) is partly sourced from an extensive archive found hidden in the poet’s former abode. Within these pages: much activity, not all of it good. Perseverance by the reader will, however, be rewarded with glimpses of humour, goodwill and even compassion.

Specially commissioned artwork by Krent Able

Mr Able is a comic artist and illustrator, based in London. Since 2009, his work has appeared in The Stool Pigeon, The Guardian, NME, Vice and Buzzfeed, and has been exhibited in The Vice Illustration Show, Comics Unmasked, amongst others.


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Numbered/signed/art £150 + shipping

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First printing

£12 plus shipping

88 pages. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers and text paper; full colour title page; acid-free yellow endpapers. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-910691-72-4

Front cover photo by Brian David Stevens.

Black & white illustration by Krent Able.


50 Numbered/signed/artwork copies

£150 plus shipping

88 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; full colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-73-1

Additional colour artwork by Krent Able only in this edition.

Quarter bound with Fabriano Tiziano burgundy paper covered boards and decorative cloth spine; front cover artwork embossed in black; acid-free text paper. Additional colour artwork by Krent Able is Indigo printed onto Mohawk Superfine paper and forms part of the 3-page ‘stepped’ Fabriano Tiziano front endpapers — the other page colours being orange and yellow. Fabriano Tiziano orange back endpapers.

Includes a gift reading copy of the first print paperback.

SIGNED by Krent Able and publisher/binder Michael Curran.


"Reality bites and Guffan chews over this with uncompromising skill."
Never Imitate

"Bent for the Job is a warm evening. I recommend sitting by an open window, or better yet in your garden if you have one. Pour yourself a drink. Keep the bottle on the table (because you’ll want more than one)."


"The poems [in The Bastard Brother] are short, unadorned and written in the type of stark, gruff English which provides its own music, and which echoes most after you put the book down."
The Skinny

"The nasty business of being human is ever in his thoughts."
— Trevor Reeves, Southern Ocean Review

"His writing continues to take me. It has the confidence and purpose of a man who is indifferent to the canon and yet the drive and need to get involved in the game. He’s great company and good to be alone with. Like drinking wine from a mug in the afternoon, wearing an old dressing gown and watching two flies fight over nothing in a sunbeam. A brilliant release."
— Reader comment on Mick Guffan's I am My Own Crew

Mick Guffan (1953-2006) was born in An Sciobairín, Cork, Ireland, the youngest of five brothers. He came to England at the age of 18, working variously as a taxi driver, airplane cleaner and finally as a carpenter. He died at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, London on 14th June 2006, his body set about by nervous exhaustion following an unprovoked encounter in a public house.

Krent Able is a comic artist and illustrator, living in London. His books include Krent Able’s Big Book of Mischief and The Second Coming of Krent Able, and he has co-written the award-winning films Ink, Cocks & Rock ’n’ Roll and Deep Clean, and co-edited the graphic anthologies I FEEL MACHINE and I FEEL LOVE. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Vice and The NME, and was featured in the Comics Unmasked exhibition at The British Library in 2014. He also works as a storyboard and concept artist for clients such as Disney, Universal Pictures and Danny Boyle.

You may also be interested in:

Mick Guffan — Inner London Buddha
John Dorsey - Being the Fire

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