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Having been sacked from his university teaching job, Ed has returned to his home town to pick up the threads of his old life with his friends and ex-girlfriend, Jeannie, in the Northern Sky folk music club. His dream is to play with them again, making music like his hero Nick Drake – and maybe even a little money. But know-it-all Matt O’Malley is now running the club and has ambitious plans for them that involve contracts and record deals. Can Ed get in on the act, or does O’Malley have a hidden agenda involving the less talented but more photogenic Lane Fox? And can Ed win Jeannie back – or will his legendary temper prevent him from getting anything right?

This is a funny and touching novel, written with real Northern soul by one of the country’s most popular and knowledgeable commentators on music. It will appeal to anyone who loves music, anyone who’s ever been young and ambitious, and anyone who’s ever fallen out with someone over the one thing that unites them.


Funny, touching, true. If you love music, you will love this book
Fran Healy
A thoroughly satisfying read and a great snapshot of the world it depicts.
Paul Armfield, Ottakar's Isle of Wight
Lancashire's answer to Nick Hornby. If Mark Radcliffe ever gets bored with Djing, there's a highly promising career as a writer waiting for him
The Mirror
Hilarious stuff
Independent on Sunday
A love letter to pop music. Mark Radcliffe is the sharpest DJ that Radio One has ever had by some considerable distance
The Sunday Times
Hilarious. One of the funniest books I've read all year
U Magazine
Hilarious. His vivid descriptions of various bands and musicians will have you laughing out loud. His genuine love of music comes across together with a gleeful sense of satire
Yorkshire Evening Post