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Matt Cain was born in Bury and brought up in Bolton. He spent ten years making arts and entertainment programmes for ITV before stepping in front of the camera in 2010 to become Channel 4 News' first Culture Editor. Now a full-time writer, Shot through the Heart is his first novel. He lives in London. You can contact Matt Cain on Twitter @MattCainWriter
Mia Sinclair is the First Lady of Love, a beautiful film goddess known across the globe for her romantic roles. But in reality life does not imitate art and love is not as easily found in the real world as it is in the movies. Leo Henderson is the Brit living in L.A, loving the lifestyle and photographing the stars - mostly when they least want to be photographed. When Mia meets Leo, the sparks fly. But is dating a paparazzi the biggest mistake of her life? And how will she cope when Leo becomes jealous of her friendship with co-star Billy Spencer, the hottest actor in town but a man hiding a secret he's worried could destroy his career? Shot through the Heart is Matt Cain's debut novel, a Hollywood tale of romance, heartbreak and the lengths some will go to maintain that unblemished movie star image.
'A trip down memory lane around the glorious streets of Bolton - a novel with a heart as big as Moss Bank Park' Sara Cox `A book for anybody who feels at all marginalised, small, bullied or lost' Claudia Winkleman 'Fabulous Matt Cain and fabulous Madonna together at last - what a treat' Jenny Colgan `A glorious celebration of the queen of pop and a triumphant coming-of-age tale about the power of being true to yourself' Juno Dawson 'It's a cracker!' Lorraine Kelly 'Beautifully and sharply drawn' Sunday Times Charlie Matthews's love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Diana. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until... On his ninth birthday, Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called `Lucky Star'. He discovers Madonna - and falls in love. Casting the pop icon in the role of his spirit guide, Charlie draws on Madonna's audacity and ambition to help him find the courage to overcome his own obstacles and become a success in life. His obsession sees him through some tough times, but in order to be truly happy, he'll need to find his own inner strength.
`Fabulous Matt Cain and fabulous Madonna together at last - what a treat' - Jenny Colgan `Glorious ... a triumphant coming of age tale about the power of being true to yourself' - Juno Dawson _________________ Charlie Matthews' love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called `Lucky Star'... On his ninth birthday, Charlie discovers Madonna, and falls in love. His obsession sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school, fitting in at a posh university, a glamorous career in London, finding boyfriends, getting rid of boyfriends, and family heartbreak. Madonna's music and videos inspire him, and her fierce determination to succeed gives him the confidence to do the same. Ultimately, though, he must learn to let go of his idol and find his own voice. Charlie's story is Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra - a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love and dreamed of more... The Madonna of Bolton will make you laugh, cry and Get Into the Groove. It's a book to Cherish and a Ray of Light, and it even has a little Hanky Panky. _________________ THE FASTEST-CROWDFUNDED NOVEL IN UNBOUND'S HISTORY