Have you seen this recent Laurent Binet thing where he flips the colonisation of Latin America so that the Incas and Aztecs invade Europe instead?
I like Raven - I need to fill in a few gaps as I’ve been slowly collecting his stuff from charity shops over the years - I think he’s deeply unfashionable nowadays. Unfortunately.The final chapter mentions Simon Raven briefly, another you might enjoy if you haven't read him.
I think Powell is the better writer but Raven is quite prepared to get into the less pleasant motives of people - sex, greed, revenge. As the Jerry Burns song from the 90s had it ‘Casually Unkind’I liked A Dance to the Music of Time a lot too but Powell is much more high-minded and sometimes it's good to get down into the gutter.
Weirdly I found Bad Penny Blues by Cathi Unsworth on my shelf which is a dramatisation of the same murders (unread charity shop purchase I suppose). Names are changed so Freddie Mills becomes Teddy Hills. Other characters are clearly modelled on Joe Meek, Screaming Lord Sutch and so on. Seems quite fun so far though some of the writing about sixties scenesters sort of annoys me.That "All the Devils" book has been on my amazon wish list ever since I read his "Jack of Jumps" book about the "Jack The Stripper" murders, which co-incidentally Fred Vermorel solves in "Dead Fashion Girl".. Seabrook's "Jack of Jumps" gets some poor reviews because it is so cynical and nasty about the victims, but it's good at showing a really sleazy side to London in the late 50s / early 60s - makes it seem almost like everyone was on the game, involved in crime, or indulging their perverted tastes - I loved it....
And also David Edgerton Rise and Fall of the British Nation which is amazing - hard to describe. Magisterial. It's a reworking of British 20th Century history, jettisoning a lot of the myths that we have about British isolationism - all the post-Brexit rubbish. Shows how deeply liberal ideas of trade shaped Britain and how interconnected and global the British Empire was. Phenomenally good. Interview with him here.