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L from the meadows of the Glastonbury festival to a wintry Long Island culminating in a Dublin evening in July a night that changes everything A story of loyalties friendship the call of the muse and the beguiling shimmer of teenage dreams this is a warm hearted funny and deeply moving novel for anyone that's ever loved Thrill of It Epub #220 a song I liked this but didn t love it O Connor can be long winded as I ve found out before and I felt the same issue in this book Perhaps my penchant for actual music bios memoirs coloured my opinion on this as well a few musical references while accurate grated with me as a result An enjoyable enough read when I picked it up but one of those books that I was finding other things to do rather than heading straight for it

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The Thrill of It All

At college in s Luton Robbie Goulding of It MOBI #243 an Irish born teenager meets elusive Fran Mulvey an orphaned Vietnamese refugee Together they form a band Joined by cellist Sarah Thrse Sherlock and her twin brother Sen on drums The Ships in the Night set out to chase fame But the story of this makeshift family is haunted by ghosts from the past In this novel author Joseph O Connor has woven a fascinating tale of a fictional band which reads like a real biography In a way it could well be a true story as it mirrors so many events in the life of bands and musicians that I have read indeed O Connor is well placed to write such a tale as his sister is the singer Sinead O ConnorThe novel is told from the point of view of Robbie Goulding ex member of famous band The Ships in the Night The first part of the book takes him from 1981 1987 beginning with his initial meeting with charismatic lead singer Francis Mulvey when they were both seventeen in the rather uninspiring location of Luton Polytechnic From the start Fran is mesmerising and exotic and it is obvious that he is very different to everybody else around him It is a useful tool to use Robbie as our narrator as he is certainly the down to earth of the pairAs the book progresses the fledging pair of buskers become a band with the arrival of twins Trez Sarah Therese Sherlock and Sean This is the story of so many bands from early gigs to the excitement of first appearing on radio or television the promise of success missed opportunities and living in sualor From the beginning there are also the self destructive indulgence of drugs in Fran s case and drink in Robbie s We follow the band from Luton to London to New York as things get harder then success eventually comesWe know from the beginning that things for The Ships do not end well As happens so often there is recrimination lawsuits and a parting of the ways However O Connor does a great job of showing the inside of the music business with all its highs and lows and also how young so many members of bands are and how ill euipped they are to cope with the enormous life changes of fame so often fleeting and sudden wealthThe second part of the book takes place in the current time period that is 2012 Having told the story of the rise of The Ships we catch up with Robbie and see how his life has turned out This is a wonderful novel showing how bands so often do become family to each other it is full of huge themes like friendship unreuited love dealing with fame ambition and talent This is a warm brave and wonderful novel and I recommend it highly

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Spanning years The Thrill of it All rewinds and fast forwards through an evocative soundtrack of struggle and laughter Infused with blues ska classic The Thrill PDF showtunes New Wave and punk using interviews lyrics memoirs and diaries the tale stretches from suburban England to Manhattan's East Village from Thatcher era London to the Hollywood Bow view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Thrill of It All

  1. says:

    Initially this seemed like a literary version of Daisy and The Six A novel that charts the history of a rock band But though nothing outlandish happens in this novel I found it unbelievable than any novel I can remember reading It just seemed

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    My third O'Connor novel and my least favourite Something all three have in common is they are too long He's an author who tends to get carried away with his own exuberance The Thrill of it all is about a rock band in the 1980s narrated for the most part by the guitarist who fancies himself as a stand up comedian and with his relentless maudli

  3. says:

    In this novel author Joseph O’Connor has woven a fascinating tale of a fictional band which reads like a real biography In a way it could well be a true story as it mirrors so many events in the life of bands and musicians that I have read – indeed O’Connor is well placed to write such a tale as his sister is the singer Sinead O’ConnorThe novel is told from the point of view of Robbie Goulding ex member of famou

  4. says:

    In this novel author Joseph O’Connor has woven a fascinating tale of a fictional band which reads like a real biography In a way it

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  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it It's well written extremely funny often in uite an Irish way and filled w

  7. says:

    I liked this but didn't love it O'Connor can be long winded as I've found out before and I felt the same issue in this book Perhaps my penchant for actual music bios memoirs coloured my opinion on this as well a few musical referen

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    This has been my on train reading this week since I've spent a lot of time on trains obviously I kind of liked it since it's like the autobiography you want to read from your favourite bands but in this case it's fictional

  9. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book at BedtimeJoseph O'Connor's novel spans 25 years and charts the rise and fall of a rock band

  10. says:

    I had two bites at Joseph O’Connor’s novel hearing the first half on audiobook during a holiday then reading the paperback after finding a copy in Oxfam As a result it was Ciarán Hinds’ restrained confiding brogue tha