Thursday, January 28, 2010

Top 10 rock'n'roll novels

Tiffany Murray's first novel Happy Accidents was shortlisted for the Bollinger/Wodehouse prize for comic writing. Diamond Star Halo, her second, is now available in the UK.

For the Guardian, she named her top ten rock'n'roll novels. One title on the list:
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Self-confessed "arsehole" and record-shop owner, Rob, shares his life of lists – girlfriends, break-ups, dream jobs, variously documented favourite songs – and tells us, "In Bruce Springsteen songs, you can either stay and rot, or you can escape and burn … but nobody ever writes about how it is possible to escape and rot … That's what happened to me; that's what happens to most people."
Read about the other books on the list.

High Fidelity also made Mark Hodkinson's critic's chart of rock music in fiction and John Sutherland's list of the best books about listing.

--Marshal Zeringue