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Incredible praise for Tracey Thorn’s memoir

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Bedsit Disco Queen was published last week, and is a Sunday Times hardback non-fiction top ten bestseller. Reviews and critics have been unanimous in praise for her honest and funny autobiography. Here’s a round-up of some of the best.

‘An intensely readable account of 30 years of being in love with music … Most would recognise her distinctive, dark, deep voice, with its rich blend of melancholy and yearning. Her written voice is similarly distinctive: warm, assertive, sweetly funny, but most of all honest’

Chris Harvey, Daily Telegraph

‘Always a reluctant, almost accidental pop star, she has written one of the best books about ambivalence I’ve ever read’

Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian

‘As a witty and wise chronicle of the post-punk era and a life spent dipping in and out of the limelight, this is second to none’

Independent on Sunday

‘Tracey Thorn’s memoirs are as unconventional as her career – and the result is a wise and witty alternative history of pop music before the rise of The X-Factor… Tracey Thorn is not your average pop star. This is probably the key to why her memoir, BDQ, is so good … as idiosyncratic, clever and entertaining as you’d hope had you listened to her music for three decades.’

Claire Black, Scotsman

‘Witty, warm and utterly without prima donna pretensions, how could anyone not love her? For anyone who sat on their bed as a teenager, listening to records and fantasising about being in a band – most of us, then – Bedsit Disco Queen is the book of their dreams’

Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday

‘She writes as perceptively about the politics and culture of the music business as she does about her own contribution to it. Her style is brisk and bright, direct and engaging. Fab’

Iain Finlayson, The Times

‘Wistful teen diaries and old ticket stubs aren’t too unusual. But since Tracey Thorn grew up to be a genuine pop star, with Everything But The Girl, her rock ‘n’ roll anecdotes are stellar. Part memoir, part social commentary and part reflection on the past few decades of the music industry, Thorn’s account of her life and career is both heart-breaking and hilarious’

Elle

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