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Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing by Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn Naked at the Albert Hall book singingA couple of years ago, I really enjoyed reading Tracey Thorn’s memoir Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Became a Popstar about her career as a solo singer and one half of Everything But The Girl. Earlier this year, I went to see her in conversation with Xan Brooks about her latest book ‘Naked At the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing’ at the Hay Festival. Rather than a second instalment of her memoir, it is a collection of Thorn’s more general thoughts and observations about singing which didn’t fit into the narrative of ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’.
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Hay Festival: Helen Macdonald and Tracey Thorn

On Saturday, my final day at the Hay Festival, I went to see Helen Macdonald deliver the Samuel Johnson Prize lecture at the Tata tent about ‘H is for Hawk‘ which has won both the Costa Book of the Year and Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction awards. ‘H is for Hawk’ was one of my favourite non-fiction books of 2014 and was the first memoir to win the Samuel Johnson Prize since its launch in 1999. The book comprises of three strands: Macdonald’s experiences of grief following the death of her father in 2007, her attempt to train a goshawk called Mabel and a biography of T. H. White. Her lecture focused on the former two aspects rather than T. H. White’s story. You can watch a clip of the event here where Macdonald describes meeting Mabel for the first time.

Helen Macdonald and Tracey Thorn

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Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn

Bedsit Disco QueenEven though I love music, I rarely seek out autobiographies or biographies about musicians.  In fact, I don’t think I have read any books even vaguely related to music since starting this blog over eighteen months ago.  However, I love love LOVE Tracey Thorn and was very excited to get hold of a copy of her memoir ‘Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a popstar’ at the library this week.  If her writing was half as eloquent and understated as her songwriting, then I knew I would be in for a treat. Continue reading

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