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Colin Bell transports us back to Brighton in 1994 for his second novel Blue Notes, Still Frames, with a full cast of characters drawn together through the music and photography of the title.
Busker Joe lives on the beach with his flute and his troubled Goth girlfriend, Victoria, who’s a singer. He borrows a bath towel for her from Rachel and Alan, a prosperous young couple from the rapidly growing world of computers. The meeting will change all their lives… and other lives too.
There’s Harry, a beach bum drummer; Nico, a transient American who takes revealing photographs of passers-by; Kanti and Diep, mysterious artist twins from Nepal; Lionel and John who reveal more than their bodies on the nudist beach; and pub landladies Jacqueline and Rosemary who top up their income by dabbling in the sex trade.
Joe is always there, somewhere, weaving more than melodies with his flute.
Reviews of Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love:
'While Stephen chills into the 60s, the ghosts of the past keep interest alive until a tense, and unexpected, denouement.’ John McGowan, Viva Lewes.
‘The form of the book is alternating chapters of time and characters, that gather together to create a whole picture of various times and lives…Stephen’s summer of love in Brighton is well observed.’
Dr Michael Petry, Director of MOCA, London, Huffington Post.
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