Becoming Nancy

Becoming Nancy

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For David Starr, being cast as Nancy in the upcoming school production of Oliver is quite a shock. But David is up to the challenge. Living in a three-bedroom semi in 1970s' working-class East Dulwich, surrounded by his somewhat colourful relatives, he is bright, smart-mouthed, fanatical about pop music and ready to shine. Rehearsals begin, and he strikes up a friendship with the handsome yet enigmatic Maxie Boswell, captain of the school football team. As their alliance deepens it appears they might become more than just good friends, but that can't be right, can it? Discovering a confidant in empathetic teacher, Hamish McClarnon, and spurred on by his no-nonsense best friend, Frances Bassey, David takes on the school bully, the National Front, and anyone else who threatens to stand in the way of true love. Vibrant, warm, and full of life, this uproarious and touching coming-of-age novel, set against the backdrop of South-East London in the thrill of the late seventies, will transport you straight back to your first music obsession and the highs and lows of your first love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0552162949
  • 9780552162944
  • 655,431

About Terry Ronald

Terry Ronald is a songwriter, producer and vocal arranger and has worked with some of the biggest names in pop music, television and musical theatre. Terry lives in south-east London with his husband, Mark.show more

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"Endorsed by the likes of the Minogue sisters and Gypsy Boy author Mickey Walsh, this semi-autobiographical novel... promises all manner of original characters, sharp observations about growing up, fast wisecracks and nostalgic musical references" Attitudeshow more

Back cover copy

For David Starr, being cast as Nancy in the upcoming school production of Oliver! is quite a shock. But David is up to the challenge. Living in a three-bedroom semi in 1970s' working-class East Dulwich, surrounded by his somewhat colourful relatives, he is bright, smart-mouthed, fanatical about pop music and ready to shine. Rehearsals begin, and he strikes up a friendship with the handsome yet enigmatic Maxie Boswell, captain of the school football team. As their alliance deepens it appears they might become more than just good friends, but that can't be right, can it? Discovering a confidant in empathetic teacher, Hamish McClarnon, and spurred on by his no-nonsense best friend, Frances Bassey, David takes on the school bully, the National Front, and anyone else who threatens to stand in the way of true love. Vibrant, warm, and full of life, this uproarious and touching coming-of-age novel, set against the backdrop of South-East London in the thrill of the late seventies, will transport you straight back to your first music obsession and the highs and lows of your first love.show more

Review Text

"Endorsed by the likes of the Minogue sisters and Gypsy Boy author Mickey Walsh, this semi-autobiographical novel... promises all manner of original characters, sharp observations about growing up, fast wisecracks and nostalgic musical references"show more

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147 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 31% (46)
4 36% (53)
3 23% (34)
2 7% (10)
1 3% (4)
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