The Madonna Of Bolton
By Matt Cain, Unbound, £14.99
Charlie is a boy growing up in Bolton, who knows he’s a bit different to most of the other lads at school.
He’s got no interest in football and feels like most of his ninth birthday presents were bought for someone else... until trendy Auntie Jan turns up with the Madonna single Lucky Star.
While his parents joke about Madonna sounding like she’s inhaled helium, Charlie is immediately captivated and the “dead good” song makes him feel uplifted and happy. Her songs soon become a soundtrack to his life and
a welcome escape as the bright schoolboy tries to shrug off bullies and plan his escape from Bolton in chapters inspired by Madonna songs.
There’s heartbreak and homophobia, but, in general, it’s a light-hearted, easy read that skims over the darker times.
Cain — former editor-in-chief of Attitude magazine — published
through Unbound, where would-be readers pledge financial support to get writers’ ideas into print.
It was Unbound’s fastest-ever funded novel, so there is clearly an eager audience for this entertaining book, which is published to coincide with Madonna’s 60th birthday in August.
Easy read: Madonna and (left) author Matt Cain