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The Madonna of Bolton

The Madonna of Bolton


by Matt Cain
12th July, 2018

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'A trip down memory lane around the glorious streets of Bolton - a novel with a heart as big as Moss Bank Park' Sara Cox

'A book for anybody who feels at all marginalised, small, bullied or lost' Claudia Winkleman


'Fabulous Matt Cain and fabulous Madonna together at last - what a treat' Jenny Colgan


'A glorious celebration of the queen of pop and a triumphant coming-of-age tale about the power of being true to yourself' Juno Dawson

'It's a cracker!' Lorraine Kelly

'Beautifully and sharply drawn' Sunday Times

Charlie Matthews' love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Diana. On his ninth birthday, Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called 'Lucky Star'.

Casting Madonna in the role of his spirit guide, Charlie draws on the pop icon's audacity and ambition to help him find the courage to overcome his own obstacles and become a success in life. His obsession sees him through some tough times, but in order to be truly happy, he'll need to find his own inner strength.

Matt Cain was born in Bury and brought up in Bolton. He spent ten years making arts and entertainment programmes for ITV before stepping in front of the camera in 2010 to become Channel 4 News's first ever Culture Editor. His first novel, Shot Through the Heart, was published in 2014 and his second, Nothing but Trouble, followed in 2015. As a journalist he's contributed articles to all the major UK newspapers and in 2017 was voted Diversity in Media's Journalist of the Year. In spring 2018 he stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of Attitude, the UK's biggest-selling magazine for gay men. He lives in London. @mattcainwriter / www.mattcainwriter.com

Details & Specs

Author: Matt Cain


Publisher: Unbound


Format: Hardback


ISBN: 9781783526185


Publication Date: 12th July, 2018


Pages: 398


Dimensions: 240 x 151 x 36 mm


Availability: Awaiting reissue


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