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In this novel author Joseph O Connor has woven a fascinating tale of a fictional band which reads like a real biography In a way it could well be a true story as it mirrors so many events in the life of bands and musicians that I have read indeed O Connor is well placed to write such a tale as his sister is the singer Sinead O ConnorThe novel is told from the point of view of Robbie Goulding ex member of famous band The Ships in the Night The first part of the book takes him from 1981 1987 beginning with his initial meeting with charismatic lead singer Francis Mulvey when they were both with charismatic lead singer Francis Mulvey when they were both in the rather uninspiring location of Luton Polytechnic From the start Fran is mesmerising and exotic and it is obvious that he is very different to everybody else around him It is a useful tool to use Robbie as our narrator as he is certainly the down to earth of the pairAs the book progresses the fledging pair of buskers become a band with the arrival of twins Trez Sarah Therese Sherlock and Sean This is the story of so many bands from early gigs to the excitement of first appearing on radio or television the promise of success missed opportunities and living in sualor From the beginning there are also the self destructive indulgence of drugs in Fran s case and drink in Robbie s We follow the band from Luton to London to New York as things get harder then success eventually comesWe know from the beginning that things for The Ships do not end well As happens so often there is recrimination lawsuits and a parting of the ways However O Connor does a great ob of showing the inside of the music business with all its highs and lows and also how young so many members of bands are and how ill euipped they are to cope with the enormous life changes of fame so often fleeting and sudden wealthThe second part of the book takes place in the current time period that is 2012 Having told the story of the rise of The Ships we catch up with Robbie and see how his life has turned out This is a wonderful novel showing how bands so often do become family to each other it is full of huge themes like friendship unreuited love dealing with fame ambition and talent This is a warm brave and wonderful novel and I recommend it highly I enjoyed this book but I didn t love it It s well written extremely funny often in uite an Irish way and filled with engaging characters Yet for all this I never warmed to it I never felt emotionally invested in the characters I feel this was for personal reasons then any fault with the book itself As I said it s well written and would have no hesitations about recommending it to people It ust wasn t for me From BBC Radio 4 Book at BedtimeJoseph O Connor s novel spans 25 years and charts the rise and fall of a rock band My third O Connor novel and my least favourite Something all three have in common is they are too long He s an author who tends to get carried away with his own exuberance The Thrill of it all is about a rock band in the 1980s narrated for the most part by the guitarist who fancies himself as a stand up comedian and with his relentless maudlin self deprecation was difficult to imagine as ever having known success in his life I found it virtually impossible to success in his life I found it virtually impossible to what kind of music his band played Early on we learn Meatloaf ska music and Patti Smith were influences The mind boggled In fact this band were never plausible as worldwide mega stars Also there wasn t enough lived life in this novel for me to love it The relentless attempt at comedy often arred for me The best bits were often when O Connor pays homage to the undervalued importance of popular music in our lives The ending was a surprise but chiefly because of how sentimental it was view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler This has been my on train reading this week since I ve spent a lot of time on trains obviously I kind of liked it since it s like the autobiography you want to read from your. At college in 1980s Luton Robbie Goulding an Irish born teenager meets elusive Fran Mulvey an orphaned Vietnamese refugee Together they form a band Joined by cellist Sarah Thrse Sherlock and her twin brother Sen 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 pa. .



Favourite bands but in this case it s fictionalInstead of an awful band name and awful made up band names of their era this comes off COMPLETELY LEGIT PATTI SMITH WAS THE legit Patti Smith was the girl name a band of each spoken of era and it s probably mentioned so it s relevant it s not Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings just a name drop but there s always a comment or referencePlus it deals with the history of a band not even real with snippet Initially this seemed like a literary version of Daisy and The Six A novel that charts the history of a rock band But though nothing outlandish happens in this novel I found it unbelievable than any novel I can remember reading Itust seemed fake throughout Probably the constant tiresome namedropping was partly responsible every time real life people are mentioned which is virtually every single page of the book it reminds you the novel s characters aren t real people It actually reads like some elaborate wish fulfilment fantasy someone pretending they re on intimate terms with David Bowie and Patti Smith and every other famous rock star on the planet The band itself is eually as hard to believe The singer is Bowie Boy George Marilyn Manson and Ozzie Osbourne rolled into one The guitarist and narrator is like an overgrown teenager and one of those irritating males who wisecracks every third sentence It s also a snobby book I got annoyed being told which artists warrant respect the Boomtown Rats and which contempt Coldplay of course So a big no from me I m afraid In this novel author Joseph O Connor has woven a fascinating tale of a fictional band which reads like a real biography In a way it could well be a true story as it mirrors so many events in the life of bands and musicians that I have read indeed O Connor is well placed to write such a tale as his sister is the singer Sinead O Connor The novel is told from the point of view of Robbie Goulding ex member of famous band The Ships in the Night The first part of the book takes him from 1981 1987 beginning with his initial meeting with charismatic lead singer Francis Mulvey when they were both seventeen in the rather uninspiring location of Luton Polytechnic From the start Fran is mesmerising and exotic and it is obvious that he is very different to everybody else around him It is a useful tool to use Robbie as our narrator as he is certainly the down to earth of the pair As the book progresses the fledging pair of buskers become a band with the arrival of twins Trez Sarah Therese Sherlock and Sean This is the story of so many bands from early gigs to the excitement of first appearing on radio or television the promise of success missed opportunities and living in sualor From the beginning there are also the self destructive in sualor From the beginning there are also the self destructive of drugs in Fran s case and drink in Robbie s We follow the band from Luton to London to New York as things get harder then success eventually comes We know from the beginning that things for The Ships do not end well As happens so often there is recrimination lawsuits and a parting of the ways However O Connor does a great ob of showing the inside of the music business with all its highs and lows and also how young so many members of bands are and how ill euipped they are to cope with the enormous life changes of fame so often fleeting and sudden wealth The second part of the book takes place in the current time period that is 2012 Having told the story of the rise of The Ships we catch up with Robbie and see how his life has turned out This is a wonderful novel showing how bands so often do become family to each other it is full of huge themes like friendship unreuited love dealing with fame ambition and talent This is a warm brave and wonderful novel and I recommend it highly I liked this but didn t love it O Connor can be long winded as I ve found out before and I felt the same issue in this book Perhaps my penchant for actual music bios memoirs coloured my opinion on this as well a few musical ref. StSpanning 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 Manhattan's East Village from Thatcher era London to the Hollywood. ,

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The Thrill of It AllErences while accurate grated with me as a result An enjoyable enough read when I picked it up but one of those books that I was finding other things to do rather than heading straight for it I had two bites at Joseph O Connor s novel hearing the first half on audiobook during a holiday then reading the paperback after finding a copy in Oxfam As a result it was Ciar n Hinds restrained confiding brogue that rose to me from the printed word even when it was a woman speaking For once my imagination normally insistent on playing every part did not complain Being read to is a pleasure even when the voice is inside one s head The Thrill Of It All relates the slow ascent and rapid break up of a pop group or rock band the distinction a matter of opinion a marker of allegiance and taste It is mainly Robbie s story although the others also have their say The least talented of the four and nothing without them he is somehow key to their success peacemaker ballast to larger egos harmonic counterweight rhythm navvy a sort of Ringo without the drums His friendship with Fran a Vietnamese born outcast from foster care lies at the heart of the book and the band Fran is a genius and in time a monster his demons displacement abuse projected and magnified There are echoes here of Lennon and monster his demons displacement abuse projected and magnified There are echoes here of Lennon and the one bitter and edgy the other safer in every sense of the word The group is completed by a sister and brother with technical ability and perspective on the business Rounded human beings take a back seat in music and fiction but here viewing the book as an album Trez and Se n get a few tracks of their own The chemistry between the four of them feels authentic bearing in mind that we readers are a tough crowd being experts in rock psychology from following our own favourite outfits as they fight make up splinter and reform There is a script to be followed certain niceties to observe and O Connor knows his stuff on this and much else besides In getting it right he seems to be telling the story of all groups and that part of our own lives as wellTellingly it is the pre fame sections of the book which work best Robbie and Fran meet and grow up in Luton depicted as a drab small minded town notable chiefly for not being London But they transform it through their adventures into a semi mythical landscape of suburban kitchens grotty pubs windy busking pitches and college corridors Anyone who fled where they grew up but feels rooted all the same will recognise this seuence of get me out of here and take me back This is their Hamburg phase full of scallywag energy and irrational hope having the dream as many have found is sweeter than living it And in many ways the stand out creation of the novel comes from this period in the person of Robbie s dad Jimmy is a shoe in for Best Supporting Role not only in his own right but on behalf of the Irish diaspora in England doggedly tribal modestly self made I laughed out loud when hearing his words spoken and did so again when reading them for myself In fact ust thinking about him calling his son Bridget makes my windpipe convulseThe band s brief spell in the limelight is harder to make original and therefore less gripping Details of stadiums played studio sessions with celebrity producers the obligatory musical differences for the first time one thinks I ve heard this before And despite covering the longest period chronologically the years after they split are skated over necessary to prevent the book overrunning but lopsided nonetheless That said there is some A list name dropping and no let up in the flow of musical opinions to agree with or shout down the very essence of fandom None of which is a plot spoiler by the Way Because It Leaves Because it leaves the uestion that arises regarding all ex groups from the Beatles onwards will they get back together To know that you will have to read the book Or submit to being spellbound by Mr Hinds wwwbrucejohnscoukwwwpickhatchco. 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 that's ever loved a song.
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