That Close : My Story, Hardback

That Close : My Story Hardback

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Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures.

Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.

Along the way he tells you what it's like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, to make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour)
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780857389534



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I loved this book! It is a really well balanced autobiography charting the end of childhood and early musical influences, through to The Invaders and then Madness and then onto the most recent events such as the closing ceremony of the Olympics back in 2012. The author's love and knowledge of London comes across really well, especially Soho and Camden. The background to different songs is documented, along with some lyrics. But it is not all about the band. There is also plenty about family and friends, bits of TV work and travel - cycling and fishing in Italy were particularly funny to read about.

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