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Gabriel is a fifteen-year-old North London schoolboy trying to come to terms with a new life, after the equilibrium of his family home has been shattered by the ousting of his father. Fending for himself, Gabriel is forced to grow up quickly. But a chance meeting with a seventies rock star crystallises the turbulent emotions inside Gabriel, and helps him to recognise and engage with his rare gift . . .
Hugely engaging . . . Kureishi fashions his narrative with wit and immense charm.
Returns to the Kureishi of sweet sarcasm and affectionate banter . . . A charming, light-textured tale about talent, about how single-minded creativity might embrace and even by buoyed by the heartbreaking muddle of everyday life.
Kureishi’s blithe inventiveness makes for entertaining scenery – from the shrewd observations about contemporary city life to the confident sketches of an entire generation of semi-talented has-beens.
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