The Thrill of it All

The Thrill of it All

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At college in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding, an Irish-born teenager, meets the elusive Fran Mulvey, an orphaned Vietnamese refugee. Together they form a band. Joined by cellist Sarah-ThAcrAuse Sherlock and her twin brother SeAin on drums, The Ships in the Night set out to chase fame. But the story of this makeshift family is haunted by ghosts from the past. Spanning 25 years, The Thrill of it All rewinds and fast-forwards through an evocative soundtrack of struggle and laughter. Infused with blues, ska, classic showtunes, New Wave and punk, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries, the tale stretches from suburban England to Manhattana€™s East Village, from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl, from the meadows of the Glastonbury Festival to a wintry Long Island, culminating in a Dublin evening in July 2012, a night that changes everything. A story of loyalties, friendship, the call of the muse, and the beguiling shimmer of teenage dreams, this is a warm-hearted, funny and deeply moving novel for anyone thata€™s ever loved a song.He had stolen a set of strings for it, but hadna#39;t an amp. ... Shaya#39;s hopes, along with every red cent he scrimped ten months to pay for it from his parttime job cleaning the toilets at Luton Airport. ... my brother, a commodity I didna#39;t need, except for the status it would confer on me: not a wise or sane model for progress, you mightanbsp;...

Title:The Thrill of it All
Author: Joseph O'Connor
Publisher:Random House - 2014-05-15

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