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The Madonna of Bolton
Written by:
Matt Cain 
Read by:
Simon Vause 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 42 minutes 
January 28 2019 
Available Date:
January 28 2019 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Gay, Lesbian & LGBT Fiction; Music 
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A delightfully warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny novel about growing up in Bolton, Madonna and finding love and deserving it.

Charlie Matthews’s 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'.

'A glorious celebration of the queen of pop and a triumphant coming of age tale about the power of being true to yourself.'
Juno Dawson

'Fabulous Matt Cain and Fabulous Madonna together at last – what a treat!'
Jenny Colgan

'Charming, funny, touching, a lovely coming-of-age novel – and a celebration of music, Madonna and being true to yourself.'
Kate Mosse