THE DAY­TIME READ

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenk­ins Reid (Hutchin­son, ap­prox €16.99, out March 7) wasn’t a book

I ex­pected to fin­ish in a sin­gle sit­ting. Maybe it’s be­cause the ex­ploits – both mu­si­cal and oth­er­wise – are based on Fleet­wood Mac, so right away it’s a story that is al­lur­ing. Or per­haps it’s sim­ply be­cause it’s so well writ­ten I wish Daisy Jones & The Six re­ally had ex­isted so I could lis­ten to Aurora, their iconic al­bum – think Fleet­wood Mac’s Ru­mours ter­ri­tory. Daisy is beau­ti­ful; the kind of doomed beauty that makes the be­holder do things they wish they hadn’t. Des­tined for a whirl­wind life of rock and roll.

She comes of age in the 1970s and meets Billy Dunne, the brood­ing singer of band The Six. To­gether, their dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ship sets them and the band on the path to su­per­star­dom. The break-up be­comes the stuff of leg­end. Writ­ten as an oral his­tory, this one is utterly re­fresh­ing – and too charm­ing not to love.

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