Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! Further reading

These are most of the books mentioned in Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! 2000 AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History. Some of them were crucial, such as Comix by Les Daniels, which features a primary source for Judge Dredd. Others were character-shaping when I was growing up, like Stephen Leacock’s Maddened by Mystery or The Defective Detective. One by China Mieville is because the 2000 AD character Nemesis had an impact on his writing. If I had to pick an all-time favourite, it would have to be A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin. Even though Chris and I went to the same school, you will find no echo of its harsh, Judge Dredd-like teachers in his pages. But it is a magnificent dream of a Britain that might have been, and may yet come to be. That would be closely followed by Hidden History by Docherty and MacGregor; but be warned: it’s one of those books that could change your life and certainly your view of Britain as we remember the fallen in the World War One centenary years.


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