Published on July 27th, 2015 | by LTWF0
Zoë Howe’s debut novel, Shine On, Marquee Moon (Matador, September 2016) was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize For Fiction 2016. Previous books include Lee Brilleaux: Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman, Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus and Mary Chain Story, Wilko Johnson – Looking Back At Me, Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams and Rumours andTypical Girls? The Story Of The Slits. When not writing, Zoë can often be found making an incredible racket on the drums, making collages and dawdling about on the beach.
Shine On, Marquee Moon, a rock ‘n’ roll love story tinged with satire, celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Howe’s debut exposes the hilarious and often bizarre reality of life on and off the road, where the most unlikely people become family, and ‘friends’ aren’t always who they appear to be. Never mind chick lit. This is rock chick lit. (For boys as well as girls). Shine On, Marquee Moon (Matador, September 2016) was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize For Fiction 2016.
“Shine on, Marquee Moon is everything you’d expect from Zoë Howe: warm, wry, evocative and unconventional. This is an author who knows the idiosyncrasies of the music business and captures them all with candour and affection in a novel that is funny, fierce and better than most comeback tours.”
– Jane Bradley, founder and director of For Books’ Sake.
“Tangled romance, ripe idiocy, monstrous self-delusion and ‘that familiar backstage smell – hairspray, sweat, alcohol, dust burning on lightbulbs’ … Zoë Howe’s crackling account of life around a rock band is fast, funny and superbly well-observed”
– Mark Ellen, music journalist and editor (Smash Hits, The Word, Select, Mojo, Q), broadcaster and author of Rock Stars Stole My Life
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