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Song In The Wrong Key by Simon Lipson
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Mar 22, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

** spoiler alert ** At first glance, the story outline is almost sad. Personable Mike Kenton loses his job and that’s the final nail in the coffin of his crumbling marriage. He moves out of his nice house, away from the two daughters he adores, and settles into a poky flat. He turns to his music again, and is spotted by music executive Ben in a tatty bistro. Ben asks if he can enter one of Mike’s songs into the Eurovision Song Contest. Does this rocket Mike into superstardom and solve all his personal problems? I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but it’s not predictable. The book is too realistic for that. A couple of other women emerge to complicate things further too.
This is an incredibly well-written book. Mike is portrayed so realistically – his love for his kids, his depression, his nerves, his indecisiveness. The dialogue is modern and natural i.e. down to earth and there’s plenty of swearing! Five year old Millie is one of the worst culprits, a nice touch. Mike gets a taste of stardom but he keeps his feet firmly on the ground, like the book does.
Amazon summarises the book as: A laugh-out-loud comedy about love, family, friendship and Euro- tack by acclaimed stand-up and comedy writer Simon Lipson. I agree, but there’s more to the book than that. You’re also almost in tears at times, and the stage fright descriptions seriously make you feel ill.
Entertaining all the way through, this is an excellent read by a top-rate author.


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