The Madonna of Bolton
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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.
England, pop culture, Madonna Louise Ciccone, courage, LGBT, Greater Manchester, homosexuality, overcoming obstacles, bullying, coming-of-age