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Roddy Doyle Oh, Play That Thing (2005).

[This month’s Litpop Blog was written by Louise Powell, an English Studies student at Teesside University and our Litpop Student Researcher] There was the sense, among this month’s Litpoppers, that Oh, Play That Thing was Roddy Doyle’s attempt to write … Continue reading

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Oliver Sacks Musicophilia

A few months ago the Litpop Book Club read Nick Coleman’s book The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss – a music journalist’s memoir about the impact of hearing loss on his passion for music. So … Continue reading

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Dana Spiotta Stone Arabia

Rock and pop memoirs have been a recurring staple of the LitPop Book Club reading list – from Patti Smith and Bob Dylan to Nile Rodgers and Pauline Black, we have enjoyed some fascinating insights into musical lives and times. … Continue reading

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Ray Davies X-Ray: The Unauthorised Autobiography (Nov 2012)

Bob Dylan’s 2004 Chronicles is seen by many as a landmark in rock and pop autobiography – and when we read it in April we were confounded and delighted in turn by this rule-breaking memoir. But turning to Ray Davies’s … Continue reading

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Daniel Mason’s The Piano Tuner (August 2012)

Daniel Mason’s 2002 novel The Piano Tuner was something of a publishing phenomenon – a first novel written while the author was still a medical student, it became an international bestseller. Litpop book clubbers testified to the reasons for its … Continue reading

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Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

The diversity of the LitPop Book Club once again proved its strength at our June meeting at The Sage. For some readers Sara Marcus’s 2010 book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution opened an … Continue reading

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Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity

Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel High Fidelity is often credited with launching the ‘lit pop’ publishing boom – so it seemed a natural choice for the LitPop book club. Reading – or re-reading – it in 2012 we were struck by … Continue reading

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