Troubador Off Key

Released: 28/06/2014

ISBN: 9781784620073

eISBN: 9781784626785

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Charlotte has supported Kyle's precarious musical career for three years. Now it's her turn. When Kyle doesn't want to play the breadwinner, she looks to a future on the other side of the Atlantic. Saxophonist Kyle has no money, no career and has now lost the love of his live. Can an autistic twelve-year-old boy and an alcoholic 'has been' be his salvation?

“Amusing, touching and well told. Crisply written with believable characters.” . . . The Jazz Journal.

“A great ear for dialogue. A tale that hits plenty of high notes.” . . . The Crack

“Lively, gritty and original” . . . Sax and Clarinet Magazine.

“Books of The Year: Mark Robertson’s ‘Off Key’ will take some catching.” . . .

“I was crying with laughter. I loved this book so much. Unlike anything I’ve ever read before.” . . . the

“A perfect snapshot of modern life. Intensely readable and entertaining. A surprising gem” . .

I didn't expect to be in tears at the end but I was (in a good way).


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Mark Robertson

Mark was born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear in 1962 taking up the drums at fourteen. He has toured the UK and Europe working with some of the country’s finest jazz and rock musicians (also with a few of the worst). His music career has included work for television, the theatre and a larger than average portion of 'strange', including a residency in a hostess bar/brothel in Mayfair, playing the 'ostrich mating dance'for Bernie Clifton in South Shields and performing at the World Unicycle Convention (on drums not unicycle).

After graduating he co-wrote a television play "In Bed With Jimmy Monty" directed by Bharat Nalluri (Spooks, Life On Mars, Alien vs. Predator). It won the New Voices prize that year and was shown on ITV1.

In 2002 he co-wrote a musical 'Fine! Fine! Fine! which had two professional runs at The Customs House, South Shields and The Gala Theatre, Durham. Off-Key is his first novel. He still lives in the North-East where he writes furious letters to 'The Independent' and dances a lot.

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