Richard

Richard

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by Ben Myers
     
 

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Set in the 1980s and 90s, in Cardiff, London, and America, Richard tells the story of Richard Edwards as he might have told it. A story of hope and despair in equal measure, it's an account of an unhappy young man who'll try anything and everything to get some peace from the voice in his head that tells him he's useless—that he'd be better off dead. He

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Set in the 1980s and 90s, in Cardiff, London, and America, Richard tells the story of Richard Edwards as he might have told it. A story of hope and despair in equal measure, it's an account of an unhappy young man who'll try anything and everything to get some peace from the voice in his head that tells him he's useless—that he'd be better off dead. He drinks, takes risks and drugs both, and even cuts himself sometimes, because physical pain can be easier to bear than emotional. He can't play a musical instrument, but that doesn't stop him from joining a band—and as that band becomes more and more successful (record deals and interviews in the music press; national and international tours, and managers who seem to have bottomless pockets), it seems he might just be okay after all. But the demons that nag at him won't be easily assuaged, and ultimately, he has to decide whether or not he has a future. The story of a band looking to make it big and a young, troubled soul looking just to make it through the night, Richard marks the arrival of a dazzling new talent.

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"Gripping . . . A nuanced portrait of Edwards, exploring the Manics' rise, the Richey myth, and the pain that fuelled his alienation, anorexia and self-harm. . . . A harrowing and hauntingly sad work."  —Mojo

"A sympathetic and sad imagining of the boy who became a reluctant pop idol."  —Time Out

"This is the extraordinary, imagined tale of Richey Edwards"  —Daily Mirror

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780330517034
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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