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To Major Tom: The Bowie Letters

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  11 reviews
To Major Tom is a novelisation of one man's increasing obsession with pop icon David Bowie, presented as a collection of letters written to the singer over the course of 20 years.
Published July 1st 2002 by Sanctuary Publishing
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Fiona Robson
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, and couldn't put it down! I think every true Bowie fan is just as obsessive as the protagonist. It was so great to share with the character the joy of a new release, every news clip, and especially when the letters entered into the '80s, when I was old enough to have the pleasure of discovering the great man for myself.

Sadly, I also remember writing to Bowie, every single Sunday evening, whilst my best friend composed letters to Stallone! Neither of us ever got a re
Oct 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bowie Fans & MusicObsessives!
David Bowie is on in the background here and I Just remembered this book that I read a few years ago. It takes the form of a Bowie fan whos been writing letters to his idol since he was 12, and follows Bowies's career through the highs and lows from a fans point of view.Its not just a good Bowie Biog but examines what it means to be a real fan.
Carolyn Rogers
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely associated with this book. Author led me through my own Bowie journey and remind me of so much of my adolescence

Loved everything about this

Ah -and still *quite* like Bowie
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Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I can't really judge this book objectively, because I can't see the appeal if you aren't a hard-core Bowie fan. Had it been any other singer/band (even one I liked) I would have probably gotten bored fairly soon and abandoned it. David Bowie being basically my favourite singer ever, I had a lot of fun reading this. It's fun if you know all the songs that the main character talks about, and if you know Bowie's discography fairly well because you can be like "Oh, I wonder what he'll think of the B ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, music
I almost feel a bit guilty, rating this so highly, and yet I found it absorbing, endearing, funny, sad, and of course, given the timing of my reading it, quite bittersweet. (Toward the end of the book, which runs up until 2002, just missing the release of "Heathen," the protagonist ruminates on Freddie Mercury's death, and the concept of a perfect creative exit from life, if such a thing is even possible, which can only bring a tear to any Bowie fan's eye now.) The idea of a fictional character ...more
Jun 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bowie fans, old and new
Recommended to Megan by: Shilough
For someone who was born ten years after this book begins, and didn't become a fan until just about when the book ends, this was a neat way of catching up with all the excitement and hyper-fandom that David Bowie inspired through the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The author/narrator (because I really can't imagine that all these experiences were made up) gives a run down of every major release or tour that Bowie made, as well as indicating interesting bootlegs and other unofficial items, and some of the ru ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, featuring letters written to David Bowie by a fan for over a period of more than 20 years. The letters are entertaining but the book also gave insights into the country during this time which, being of a similar age to the author, I really appreciated. This book should appeal to not only David Bowie fans but anyone interested in all music and social history. The book is well written and becomes addictive after a while. Well worth reading
Nov 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: music lovers
A fictional life story told through fan letters to David Bowie...almost as much of a David Bowie biography as a novel, we're treated not only to the protagonist's life and times but also to his reactions to Bowie's many changes over the years. A fun read - NOT strictly for David Bowie fans!
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: real-life
Did not know this was going to be just one dude's letters he send to David Bowie without any response back. The write up on the back cover made it seem like it was a back and forth type thing. Did not love it!
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up with misgivings but was drawn in and taken back. A great read!
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English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself. Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies. He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical ins ...more