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Gig The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist by Simon Armitage

Gig The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist


Gig The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist by Simon Armitage

A poet is a rock star without the sex'n'drugs, or the rock'n'roll. But that never stopped Simon Armitage dreaming, and in Gig, he explores how music and the muse intertwine in work and in life. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, jokes, absurdities, the odd informal homily, pitfalls and pratfalls (not all the author's own), Yorkshire life and death, Gig is about the dream and reality of what you are, and what you might have been.


'Engaging, eccentric, hilarious, incredibly good company. A wonderwall of moments and memories... one of our most entertaining authors'

'Armitage is incapable of writing anything that is not wry, warm, witty and layered with meaning. Poignant and extraordinary'

'Witty, terrific, stupendously funny'
Daily Telegraph

'Profoundly affecting... probably the greatest joy I'll find on a page all year... reads like a transcript of the funniest stand-up you'll never hear'

'I read this book in one sitting. It moved me to tears, to shouts of laughter, and made me look at even the most mundane things in a different way'
Sunday Times

About the Author

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. In 1992 he was winner of one of the first Forward Prizes, and a year later was the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. He works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and playwright, and has written extensively for radio and television. Previous titles include Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, CloudCuckooLand, Killing Time, The Universal Home Doctor, Homer's Odyssey and Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid. His acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published in 2007.

Author photo © Jonty Wilde

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Publication date

28th May 2009


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Penguin Books Ltd


336 pages


Autobiography: literary



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