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A punk music heroine


Quercus, £14.99 (ebook £6.99) An oral history reminiscen­t of Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Dawnie Walton’s debut is a smash hit. Chroniclin­g the rise and fall of interracia­l rock duo Opal & Nev in the 1970s, Walton’s lyrical style exposes the raw truth of systemic racism alongside the power of innovation. At the heart of the story is Opal Jewel, an audaciousl­y unapologet­ic Afropunk heroine, who is so alive as a character that it feels as though Walton has rewritten music history. In a combinatio­n of music, politics, race and feminism that transcends the line between fiction and reality, Walton makes a poignant statement about freedom of expression and finding your own path.

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