Book Event: The Madonna of Bolton with Matt Cain

@ Gay's The Word

Book Event: The Madonna of Bolton with Matt Cain
66 Marchmont Street WC1N 1AB
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Join us for Gay's the Word's London launch of Matt Cain's The Madonna of Bolton, described as "Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra". The novel mainstream publishers said was too gay to publish, which then became the fastest crowdfunded novel in Unbound's history and which has just won a six-figure film deal (and it hasn't even been published yet). Hear Matt read from this joyous and touching novel and talk writing process and the queen of pop with Gay's the Word's Uli Lenart. Free to attend. Please click to indicate you if are attending on this page. There will be complimentary refreshments and Madonna. Playing on the stereo that is, although she is welcome. The Novel: 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 Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called ‘Lucky Star’... On his ninth birthday, Charlie discovers Madonna, and falls in love. His obsession sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school, fitting in at a posh university, a glamorous career in London, finding boyfriends, getting rid of boyfriends, and family heartbreak. Madonna’s music and videos inspire him, and her fierce determination to succeed gives him the confidence to do the same. Ultimately, though, he must learn to let go of his idol and find his own voice. Charlie’s story is Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love and dreamed of more… The Madonna of Bolton will make you laugh, cry and Get Into the Groove. It’s a book to Cherish and a Ray of Light, and it even has a little Hanky Panky. Praise: "Charming, funny, touching, a lovely coming-of-age novel – and a celebration of music, Madonna and being true to yourself" (Kate Mosse) "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) "A riotous rollercoaster of a read, gripping, with a huge heart" (SJ Watson) "A sharp, moving and laugh-out-loud funny novel about finding love and deserving it" (Russell T. Davies) About the Author: 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’ 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.