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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Book review: Johnny Lonely by Pete Tanton.

When I heard that trumpet player Pete Tanton was also a published author my first thought was that he can't be as good a writer as he is a trumpet player but - lo and behold - thanks to an unexpected Christmas present, I find he is just that - maybe more.
Johnny Lonely is a quite compelling tale of a teenage wannabee trying to find his place in the world of American entertainment.
As the title implies 'Johnny' real name Hughie is an introvert adolescent virgin who goes through a series of traumas and situations trying to find himself in a world that is alien to his music, his work ethic and confused approach to life. It is, at times, hilariously funny - like watching a drunk fall over, the blurb says - yet it is also sad and whilst we're laughing at him we're also feeling for him and sharing his various humiliations and perhaps feeling a little guilty about laughing.
In places it reminds me of J.D.Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye and there are also hints of Steinbeck but, overall, this is a helluva piece of original writing that was a worthy winner of The Tonto Press New Novelist Contest of 2007.
How do I know he was a worthy winner?
I was one of the 'Also-rans' who graciously concedes defeat!
Lance. Available from Amazon.
ISBN-10: 0955218365 ISBN-13: 978-0955218361

1 comment :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

I too read Pete Tanton's novel over the holiday period.It is a light,comic read,the plot preposterous yet just about plausible. A ''good read'' as they say.

Russell

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