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An astonishingly evocative and emotional telling of the tale, a heartbreaking elegy for the blank generation.
What can I say? Cathi Unsworth has written the Great Punk Novel, so I can scratch that off my list of ambitions! The Singer is a compulsive and engrossing book, the characters and the narratives utterly convincing.
An evocative portrait of the music industry... a cracking mystery... Unsworth writes convincingly about the raw power of punk and captures the feeling of optimism and innocence that was lost in the Thatcher years... a captivating page-turner and, for this reader, a thoroughly enjoyable pogo down memory lane.
The best novel I have read about the punk era, and an absorbing mystery... a sad memory of an exciting, destructive and doomed era.
The Singer digs deep into the boneyard of punk rock summoning the schizophrenic spirit of an explosive movement of intense passion, numbing frustration, bitter disappointment and the wild aspiration that through music and camaraderie one can actually rise above the day to day bullshit and bite off a little piece of heaven before evaporating back into the ether. Beautifully written, hard hitting and haunting.
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