Martine McDonagh is more than a little bit rock ‘n’ roll – she was manager of British indie pop band James for nearly ten years – designed their daisy logo, and sang backing vocals on their big hit ‘Sit down‘.
When Myriad editions offered me a copy of her first novel I have Waited and You Have Come to review – a slim dystopian psychothriller (which I reviewed on my old blog here), I loved it and was hooked.
We made contact on Facebook and in due course, Martine offered me a copy of her second novel After Phoenix. I accepted. Although it couldn’t be more different, the raw portrait of a family’s grief over the son lost in a motorbike accident was another compelling read.
Narcissim for Beginners by Martine McDonagh
Her third novel Narcissism for Beginners was crowdfunded by Unbound. Of course, I pledged and got my name in the book not once for pledging but thrice – for they were kind enough to quote from my reviews of her first two novels inside. Thank you guys.
This sort of coming of age story is a long letter from Sonny Anderson to the mother whom he hasn’t seen since he was five. He was brought up in a cult by his fake guru father in Brazil, then rescued and had a troubled adolescence with a guardian in California. Now, having inherited his father’s estate he is coming to England to find out about his mother – and to pay homage to his favourite film Shaun of the Dead by visiting its locations…
It’s a wonderful book, very frank, funny and touching – you can’t help but love Sonny. My full review is at Shiny, where I also interviewed Martine which was a pleasure. I’m really looking forward to whatever she does next!
Source: Own copy from TBR.
Martine McDonagh, Narcissism for Beginners (Unbound, March 2017) Hardback, 208 pages.
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