Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll: How I Swapped My Rock Dreams for Village GreensPaperback
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- Publisher: THE FRIDAY PROJECT LIMITED
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 200g
- Publication date: 9 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007355475
- ISBN 13: 9780007355471
- Sales rank: 167,163
The story of a man who gives up the rock 'n' roll dream...to play bowls. Alex Marsh wanted to be a rock star - but it didn't work out. Instead he toiled away in the big city - only to give up his career, move to rural Norfolk, and become a househusband. But he isn't a very good one. Whilst his pride won't let him admit it, he struggles with the cooking, the housework and the isolation. He hires a cleaner without telling his wife, his repertoire of baked potatoes exhausts quickly. He becomes hooked on daytime television and computer solitaire. He is in danger of becoming weird. So he takes up bowls. In Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll we follow a season in the life of the village bowls team, a group of amateur sportsmen and mild eccentrics. In doing so we see this unfashionable pastime in a whole new light, and very funny it is too. But Alex hasn't quite given up on his dreams of rock stardom. Discovering that some of his mates down the pub are a bit handy with bass and drums he makes one final stab at being in a band, with an eagerly awaited local gig. It is a complete disaster. Join Alex has he comes to terms with life as a domestic disappointment, attempts to learn the fine art of bowls and finally realises that supporting the Sultans Of Ping at the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh really was the highpoint of his musical career. Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll is a hilarious account of the life of a genuinely modern man. Everyone will recognise themselves (or their husbands) and you will be hard pressed not to laugh out loud.
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Alex Marsh was born in Essex, and worked as a typesetter, an advertising person and an internet expert before moving to Norfolk as a househusband and writer. Having already once hit the musical big-time, with a support slot for the Sultans of Ping at the Pink Toothbrush club in Rayleigh, he hopes to repeat this success both on the rock stage and on the bowling green.
"Alex Marsh's charming and funny book charts his trajectory through East Anglia armed with nothing but four chords, the truth and some chickens" AL MURRAY