Mr. Starlight

Mr. Starlight

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The new novel from the bestselling author of The Future Homemakers of America and The Unfortunates. The Boff brothers live at home with their Mam. They have a lav down the yard and a jerry under the bed and they play bookings at the Birmingham Welsh and the Rover Sports and Social. Cled tinkles on the piano and Sel is the crooner. 'Sel's the one who can lift people out of themselves and send them home feeling grand and you can't argue against that' says Cled. When Sel decides he must try his chances with the brights lights of New York City, he packs up his sequinned suits and enlists his brother as travel companion and accompanist. Things begin to roll and what follows is a tale of high jinx; of mirrored ceilings and heart-shaped tubs; of screaming girls, romancing and No Business Like Show Business. As jealousy starts encroaching on the brothers' relationship, Cled finds that there are more secrets in his family than he had bargained for. With her characteristic wit and wisdom, Laurie Graham brings us a touching celebration of the sparkle and the dust in family more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 150 x 232 x 28mm | 439.99g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0007146736
  • 9780007146734
  • 766,467

About Laurie Graham

Laurie Graham is a former Daily Telegraph columnist and Contributing Editor to Cosmopolitan. She lives in Italy and is currently writing a screenplay of her novel, The Dress more

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'She has wit and insight to match Nick Hornby, and the entertainment value of Helen Fielding.' Nicolette Jones, Independent'A marvel. Graham's style is riveting, hilarious one-liners falling in quick succession.' Anthea Lawson, The Timeson THE UNFORTUNATES:'You can't help being charmed by a woman who describes being sexually smitten as "the same pleasant shock as the first time I touched a frog". Wildly funny.' Sunday Times 'My unputdownable book of the year. I laughed and cried.' Sunday Herald'Poppy Minkel is a wonderfully original, naive character. A fantastic, engrosssing read.' Glamour'Fresh, funny and smart, a novel that reels from the Titanic to jazz age New York.' Observer'An irrepressible adventurer, Poppy is a comic combination of innocence and pluck, but although this is a brisk, breezy read, it's also a novel with serious bite.' Daily Mailon FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA: 'Superlative. The writing sparkles from first to last' David Robson, Sunday Telegraph'Crackles with energy ' Georgia Metcalfe, Daily Mail'Laugh-out-loud funny; intelligent; moving; has more delicious roll-off-the-tongue one-liners than Seinfeld. One of those books you buy six copies of to send to all your old friends.' Julie Morrice, Scotsman'A wonderfully moving comedy.' Alex Clark, Red'A warm, life-affirming novel that offers its readers pure pleasure.' Katie Owen, The Timesshow more

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With only a couple of regular gigs at the Nechells Non-Political and the Birmingham Welsh, the Boff brothers are unlikely to find fame and fortune as northern England's favourite musical duo. Cledwyn's happy with his lot, tinkling the ivories, watching out for his younger brother and waiting for that special lady to come along, but Selwyn couldn't be less satisfied. He wants his name up in lights, known in every household, and whispered amongst his adoring fans. And if that's going to happen, it'll only happen in America. In this insightful, ironic and side-splittingly funny account of the peaks and pitfalls of stardom, Laurie Graham sets every glitzy performance against its shabby beginnings and every star-spangled venue against the Boffs' love of the homely and the mundane. With the exception of Selwyn, of course, that self-styled crooner whose ostentation would put Liberace to shame. An hilarious and poignant story of feuding families, blissful ignorance and the grit that makes the glamour stick. (Kirkus UK)show more

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