Northern Sky, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Having been sacked from his university teaching job, Ed has returned to his home town to pick up the threads of his old life with his friends and ex-girlfriend, Jeannie, in the Northern Sky folk music club. His dream is to play with them again, making music like his hero Nick Drake - and maybe even a little money.

But know-it-all Matt O'Malley is now running the club and has ambitious plans for them that involve contracts and record deals. Can Ed get in on the act, or does O'Malley have a hidden agenda involving the less talented but more photogenic Lane Fox? And can Ed win Jeannie back - or will his legendary temper prevent him from getting anything right?

This is a funny and touching novel, written with real Northern soul by one of the country's most popular and knowledgeable commentators on music.

It will appeal to anyone who loves music, anyone who's ever been young and ambitious, and anyone who's ever fallen out with someone over the one thing that unites them.




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I hate to say it, but this is not very good – to put it kindly. Mark Radcliffe would be much better off sticking to his day job; his writing style is pedestrian, at best. I liked the setting – the much-derided and oft-forgotten world of the small-town folk club – but the protagonist was so unlikeable it was hard to care about him one way or another. There was one touch I liked very much – a scene where a reporter comes to write up the club. Anyone who's ever suffered through a 'Bam-whap-pow/beam me up Scotty!/OMG, all the women are fat!' write-up of a SF convention will feel an instant pang of recognition.