When writing a feature about murals painted under the pavements of Manhattan by homeless artists, Alan Emmins was challenged by a homeless dancer to try homelessness himself to better understand what he was writing about. He took up the challenge. Don't Let the BENCH Bugs Bite is a humorous, tender and tragic portrait of an invisible New York City, and a society full of surprises.
“Digging beneath the depressing statistics and grinding poverty, Emmins’ is a more than human portrait,” Dazed and Confused
“An absolutely fascinating book,” Robert Elms – the BBC
“Cutting edge reportage – Alan Emmins sees the world with such a fresh eye,” William Shaw, author of Westsiders
Time Out Magazine article (October 4th) on Alan Emmins living homeless and penniless in London for 7 days, rather than the 31 days he survived in New York to write 31 Days.