Thornton, Tim The Alternative Hero

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The Alternative Hero

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By the time most people hit 30, they've managed to do one of the following things:

1. Grow up

2. Quit idolising rock stars

3. Move on a bit from the music they were obsessed with at the age of 17.

Clive Beresford has failed to do all three. But that's about to change.

One unremarkable Saturday morning Clive sees the biggest alternative-pop star of them all walking down the high street with his dry-cleaning: Lance Webster, disgraced ex-singer of Thieving Magpies ('the biggest British band to emerge from the late-eighties indie-boom' Rolling Stone). Clive hatches a ramshackle plan to befriend his idol and grab the scoop of a lifetime - why did Webster burn out? The ensuing chaos forces both men to revisit the sweat, feedback, T-shirts, stage-dives, hitch-hikes, snakebites and hangovers of British alternative rock at the start of the nineties; to quote Lance Webster himself, 'before Britpop came along and fucked everything up'...

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"Thornton explores the gentle complexities of this odd couple with wit and warmth" ( Independent)

"Tim Thornton's portrait of a pop culture obsession is so convincing that one can't help wishing that his fictional alt rock band actually existed, or suspecting that they did. The Alternative Hero is a weirdly compelling portrait of fanatic fandom which reads like High Fidelity at high volume" (Jay McInerney)

"The indiest book of all time" ( Guardian)

"Brilliant depictions of the era...nails it so precisely" (Stuart Evers The Word)

"With The Alternative Hero, Tim Thornton has gone through the looking glass of obsessive fandom and brought back a hilarious, memorable, and hard-rocking tale" (Madison Smartt Bell, author of 'All Souls' Rising')

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'Thornton explores the gentle complexities of this odd couple with wit and warmth' - Independent

'sparkly and authentic' - Times

'brilliant depictions of the era... a book that reminds you just how music can shape and change a life' - Word magazine

'With The Alternative Hero, Tim Thornton has gone through the looking glass of obsessive fandom and brought back a hilarious, memorable, and hard-rocking tale.' – Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising

'A deliciously bittersweet novel that will touch the heart of anybody who ever fell in love with rock and roll.' - Mick Brown, author of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound

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