The Madonna Of Bolton

By Matt Cain, Un­bound, £14.99

Belfast Telegraph - - REVIEW - Re­view by Bev­er­ley Rouse

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

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