Published: 28/06/2014
ISBN: 9781783064304
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Facing the Music
by Tim Thorogood

A lively, captivating story set in the Glastonbury Festival that will appeal to all fans of contemporary fiction, especially festival goers, music lovers and those interested in family relationships. The release of the book coincides with the start of the festival season this June.

Facing the Music is a vibrant, uplifting novel that will transport readers to the very heart of the Glastonbury Festival, setting their pulses racing from the start. Without moving from their seats, readers will be swept up by the crowds and immersed in the sights and sounds of this extraordinary event, soaking up the atmosphere, absorbing the energy and experiencing the rain, the mud and the toilets. Readers will explore Glastonbury with the central character, Gary Cochrane, whose rebellious teenagers are straining to break free and assert their independence. Gary is a single parent who is desperate to cling onto his children, but he’s hiding a secret that starts to force them apart. He made a pledge and he intends to keep it - but the festival has a way of exposing the truth, and Gary is no longer master of his own fate...

This page-turning novel explores family relationships, love, loss and betrayal. Facing the Music is a vivid portrayal of Glastonbury itself: an iconic festival that, once a year, turns a sleepy valley in the south west of England into a small city; a non-stop festival of lights, colour and noise; a festival bursting with excitement and surprises, with the power to change a life forever. Tim Thorogood’s influences include contemporary novelists such as Nick Hornby, David Nicholls and SJ Watson. He plans to donate half of all profits to the three charities that Glastonbury currently supports - Greenpeace, Water Aid and Oxfam.

Readers’ comments – “very evocative”, “really nails Glastonbury”, “I liked the mix of darkness and humour”, “it made the whole Glastonbury experience come to life”.

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Good and easy to read, very realistic of the whole festival scene and combines a good level of humour and pathos.

by katieku

Good holiday read, and captures the festival feel as well as the usual (and less usual) family tensions.

by Duncan

Great read. Really catches the 'Festival feel' and a lot more.

by Chris

A 'must read' for anyone who has ever been to Glastonbury. Good plot with several unexpected twists. Funny and touching, especially the daughter/father relationship. A well written first novel that would appeal to all age groups.

by ESChelt

Glastonbury festival is legendary, everyone in England basically tries to go and it is THE largest music festival in the world. I'm a big music enthusiast, and even more so for festivals (I actually have gone to a few including Coachella) and Glastonbury is on my bucket list. This specific book narrates the adventure that Gary, his two kids and some family friends. Things get wild, because all in all, festivals are insane, and even more so when there are over 900 acres worth to this place. Gary and his family recently (3 years to be exact) lost the head to their pack, the mother. Gary is still far from over it and so are his kids, however, they have learned to cope with ti, which Gary has yet to do. In a desperate attempt to escape it all they head to Glastonbury for a weekend full of music, tea, people, and mud. Drugs are definitively part of the experience, although you would expect these to be taken by the teenagers, and the single father does them. A crazy ride of self-recovery, bonding and love all take place in the magical setting that Glastonbury provides. As for the realness to it, I again, have never been to Glastonbury, but I have experience with the festival scene and let me tell you Tim Thorogood did his job. Every part of this book was narrated in perfect manner so the reader could paint the picture in their heads. God it made me miss Coachella and hope for Glastonbury. The story is very real as well which makes it interesting. What was most interesting personally is that as a 17 year old girl I don't really read books in an adult's perspective, let alone a dad's, and I really did enjoy it.

by NetGalley Review

I found this debut novel from Tim Thorogood thoroughly enjoyable and engaging.

It has a well-constructed plot covering the events over some three days as widower Gary Cochrane, his teenage children and their friends camp over at the Glastonbury festival. Thorogood uses the device of beginning with an episode late in the story and presenting part of the tale in flashback; Gary's thoughts also provide much of the back-story as run-up to the present happenings - but are things quite as his memories and perceptions seem?
The writing style is straightforward, entertaining and easy-going; the characters well-drawn and believably flawed; the teenagers are suitably surly, moody and rebellious, Gary and the other adults both exasperated and exasperating - we see things through Gary's eyes throughout, the twists and revelations as he realises them. This was a very effective strategy and it held my attention right to the end. The atmosphere and ambience of the big out-door festival is - I think - nicely conveyed, though I admit I've never been to it myself.

The novel was a fairly quick, engrossing read and I'm happy to recommend it as such.

by J. Mcdonald

The sights, smells, and sounds of Glastonbury are well captured in this novel that gives you a front seat view of everything that goes on at the huge annual music festival.

The author pitches his characters right in the middle of the fray and reading the novel is a very enjoyable experience.

by G. J. Oxley

A wonderful combination of excitement and exploration of the basic issues of life. Against a brilliantly drawn background. All this mixed with subtle humour and the result is a masterpiece.

by Roger


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