Shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize. A profoundly moving account of one man's struggle to recover from the loss of his greatest passion in life - and a hymn to music.
Following a brief spell as a stringer at NME in the mid-1980s, Nick Coleman was Music Editor of Time Out for seven years, then Arts and Features Editor at the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He has also written on music for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, New Statesman, Intelligent Life, GQ and The Wire. He is the author of The Train in the Night, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Book Prize.
This is a book for anyone who grew up with pop music, listens to it
still and has spent too much time thinking about it and talking
about it. But it's also a book about love and loss and middle age
and looming mortality, written with grace and the driest imaginable
humour. I'm not sure I can recommend it highly enough * Spectator
A deft and heartfelt exploration of music, silence, adolescence, English pop and the emotional consequences of serious illness, and above all a discussion of something modern culture has very nearly lost touch with - the idea, and the desirability, of taste. -- D. J. Taylor
In a story told with warmth, wit, candour and dry, self-deprecating humour and without a whiff of self-pity... Coleman is insightful and convincing in his musings on music's emotional impact, funny in his recollections of the pains of growing up and sharp in his analysis of the thorny issue of musical 'taste' * Time Out *
Coleman is a spirited person, who writes with an irresistible Hornby-esque skip in his style... funny and admirable -- Andrew Motion * Guardian *
A beautiful, elegiac ballad. Coleman writes elegantly and movingly of his youth, of growing up and of his intimate relationship with an art form that has shaped his memories * Financial Times *