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Synopsis

Richard by Ben Myers

In February 1995, Richey Edwards checked out of a London hotel instead of flying to the US with the rest of the Manic Street Preachers. There were a few subsequent sightings but then nothing. His body was never found, and he was declared legally dead in November 2008. Now Richard tells the story of his life - and disappearance - as he might have told it. `This moving, tender novel tells the story of a lost boy adrift in a world that he can't make sense of' Marie Claire `Myers deserves credit not only for adding a third dimension to Edwards, but for trying a fourth, for attempting to document a period of his life that seems destined to remain a mystery' The Times `A sympathetic and sad imagining of the boy who became a reluctant pop idol' Time Out `Harrowing and hauntingly sad' Mojo

Reviews

'What is sure is Myers'
skill for storytelling

; the absence of any cynicism, a certain hypnotic meditative pace he successfully employs that draws you in as the novel progresses and a mood of melancholic nostalgia, a tantalising nostalgia for a time not long passed but gone forever
3:AM Magazine

'A novel for our celebrity-obsessed age, a thorough investigation - written in beautiful prose - of a young man suicided or disappeared by society. From life in a small town to sex, drugs and rock and roll excess, Ben Myers'
Richard slashes and burns its way through the bloated beigeness of the contemporary British novel

Bookmunch
.com 'It's not uncommon to hear someone say something to the effect of, There's no such thing as a good rock and roll novel - the next time you hear someone say this, point them towards this book

Bookslut
'Extraordinary

Daily Mirror
'This moving, tender novel tells the story of a lost boy adrift in a world that he can't make sense of ... Myers

recreation of Edward
's life is sensitively handled - an exploration of a troubled, articulate man who was shy and withdrawn

Marie Claire
'There are moments of haunting poetry

Metro
'A work of fiction that bears a convincing ring of truth

Mojo
'Myers

true service to the story is humanising the icon by portraying Edwards outside his common context. Offstage, alone, and out of sight, Richard is fully imagined. Some descriptions of the landscape are so fresh you can smell the moss
TheQuietus

.com 'It's a brilliant book and I loved it
Sun

'Never once is there a dropped beat. Myers understands the reactionary nature of the post-punk diktat, the people it attracts and its importance to lives given up to it'
The Times

'Richard is not a provocation, nor does it claim to solve the Richey mystery. It is a sympathetic and sad imagining of the boy who became a reluctant pop idol before that notion became oxymoronic'
Time Out

About the Author

Ben Myers was born in Durham in 1976. He is the author of several works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His writing has appeared in a number of publications including Melody Maker, NME, Mojo and the Guardian. He currently lives in rural Yorkshire.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th October 2011

Author

Ben Myers

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330517041

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