Review: Facing the Music by Tim Thorogood

Facing the MusicTitle: Facing the Music

Author: Tim Thorogood

Pages: 206 Pages

Publisher: Troubador Publishing

The Blurb

As Gary struggles to pull his family together, a visit to Glastonbury festival changes their lives forever.

Gary is a single parent who is desperate to cling onto his children, but he’s hiding a secret that starts to force them apart. He made a pledge and he intends to keep it – but the festival has a way of exposing the truth, and Gary is no longer master of his own fate…

Plunge into the depths of the Glastonbury Festival and explore it with the central character, Gary Cochrane, whose rebellious teenage children take the chance to break free from his control and assert their independence. Soak up the atmosphere, absorb the energy and experience the rain, the mud and the toilets in the world’s largest green field music festival.

“Gary felt elated, and free of all commitment or responsibility. He has no idea if it was one or two or three in the morning. It didn’t matter: he was dynamic, powerful and in control.”

In his novel, Tim Thorogood explores this iconic festival by painting fictional characters and events onto an authentic backdrop, drawn from his own personal experience. “I’ve tried to make the descriptions as real as possible,” says Tim Thorogood, “so that readers can experience the festival for themselves. I want them to feel as though they’ve actually been there! I’ve been going to Glastonbury for years and this novel is my way of sharing the adventure with others.”

Tim Thorogood plans to donate half of all profits to the three charities that Glastonbury currently supports – Greenpeace, Water Aid and Oxfam.

The Review

I initially requested Facing the Music from NetGalley because I love festivals. For the past few years I have not really been able to attend any due to ill health so I thought maybe I would be able to live vicariously through Tim Thorogood. That is what literature is all about, isn’t it?

I was expecting unexpected tales from festival fields. You know the kind: crazy hijinx, meeting randomers and eating a full roast in a giant Yorkshire pudding. I wasn’t expecting the story of a widower, a single parent who is struggling to come to terms with his wife’s death as well as raise two teenagers. The trip to Glastonbury was meant to be a healing exercise but instead quickly turns into another nightmare.

If I told you that I loved Facing the Music I would be lying. At times it felt a little too heavy and for someone who saw festivals as a form of escapism Facing the Music was just a little too heavy. It was an interesting story and I did not see some of the plot twists happening but overall I wasn’t enamoured with the story.

Facing the Music by Tim Thorogood is available now.

For more information regarding Tim Thorogood (@Tim_Thorogood) and Troubador Publishing (@matadorbooks) please visit www.troubador.co.uk.

2 Stars

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