While it took me a little while to adapt to Lily Brett's writing style, ultimately I was fully engaged with the character of Lola Bensky. A little more than 'based' on her own experience as a rock journalist in the 1960s, Brett imbues Lola with wonderful warmth, humour and her self-effacing attitude is very endearing. Of course, the entree into the personal world of the 60s Rock Greats adds to the interest of this novel, but more than that, it is Lola's inner turmoil as she tries to come to grips with being the daughter of Holocaust survivors that is written with most effect. In an interview Brett was asked if she was ever in awe of the Legends she interviewed. She replied, "When your parents were in the Concentration camps of Auschwitz it's hard to be in awe of a Rock Star" (paraphrase). This book will have wide appeal, to those who just like a good story, to those who remember or are fascinated by the hype of the Rock Gods of the 60s, to those who appreciate the psychological and physical displacement for survivors of atrocities and for their children, and for those who can appreciate the humour embedded in this novel. To my shame I have not read any of Brett's previous works, but I will definitely rectify that now.

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AuthorAmanda Apthorpe