‘Fabulous Matt Cain and fabulous Madonna together at last – what a treat’ - Jenny Colgan
‘Glorious ... a triumphant coming of age tale about the power of being true to yourself’ - Juno Dawson
Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called ‘Lucky Star’...
On his ninth birthday, Charlie discovers Madonna, and falls in love. His obsession sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school, fitting in at a posh university, a glamorous career in London, finding boyfriends, getting rid of boyfriends, and family heartbreak. Madonna’s music and videos inspire him, and her fierce determination to succeed gives him the confidence to do the same. Ultimately, though, he must learn to let go of his idol and find his own voice.
Charlie’s story is Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love and dreamed of more… The Madonna of Bolton will make you laugh, cry and Get Into the Groove. It’s a book to Cherish and a Ray of Light, and it even has a little Hanky Panky.
THE FASTEST-CROWDFUNDED NOVEL IN UNBOUND'S HISTORY
"Charming, funny, touching, a lovely coming-of-age novel – and a celebration of music, Madonna and being true to yourself"
"Fabulous Matt Cain and fabulous Madonna together at last – what a treat"
"A sharp, moving and laugh-out-loud funny novel about finding love and deserving it'"
"A riotous rollercoaster of a read, gripping, with a huge heart"
"A glorious celebration of the queen of pop and a triumphant coming-of-age tale about the power of being true to yourself"