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That Close Audiobook

That Close

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Publisher's Summary

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.

Along the way he tells you what it's like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, to make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.

©2013 Graham McPherson (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

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    Binky Bowles-Balls 16/11/2013 Member Since 2013

    Jersey, Channel Islands. Addicted to books. Wilde/Coward especially. Adore comedy, memoirs, biographies, history, witches /wizards & silly.

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    "Fantastic"
    What did you like most about That Close?

    I adored the 'rude boy' charm that came across so well. This is a cheeky, funny, really entertaining book, and Suggs is so humble it's obvious he is a truly, lovely gentleman. It's interesting to listen to, as Suggs has the soul of an urban poet, and a brilliant way of utilising words.


    What about Suggs’s performance did you like?

    I appreciated that it was narrated by the author, it really made the book come to life.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marion Nash Warks, UK 12/02/2014
    Marion Nash Warks, UK 12/02/2014
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    "Time spent with Suggs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of That Close to be better than the print version?

    I've got both - you can hear Suggs' voice in the book and then get closer with the audiobook - it's like listening to the same story you always love to hear from a pal


    What other book might you compare That Close to, and why?

    Rock autobiographies, social history books - because that is what it is


    Which character – as performed by Suggs – was your favourite?

    Erm, Suggs


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was the cat what made me do it


    Any additional comments?

    I've always been a fan of Suggs - he's so down to earth and loyal to his roots - and, of course, a great singer/songwriter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan London, United Kingdom 23/12/2013
    Alan London, United Kingdom 23/12/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "The life of a "National Treasure""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Having just watched Suggs at the Garrick Theatre delivering a monologue and music, I was slightly disappointed to hear word-for-word the same sections within the book. However, it was entertaining and had me listening to it over a short amount of sittings.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ending? Not sure an autobiography actually ends but how it finished was slightly disappointing. It was as if he had made it to the promised word count and fired it off to his publisher. The clever circular narrative of the live performance involving the singer's search for his dead father and inner-meaning to life lingered longer in the mind than a quick anecdote about being the last band to play at the BBC Television Centre.


    Which character – as performed by Suggs – was your favourite?

    Suggs himself. He managed to chart the amazing success of Madness without giving off an air of smug gloating. He came across as genuinely suprised at his achievements. Proud but humble.


    Could you see That Close being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Well it did make the Theatre, but it won't be commissioned as a film. I'd much rather see the Richard Curtis penned sitcom - mentioned in the book - in which the prime minister is kidnapped and Madness are installed as interim leaders of the UK.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Suggs's decision not to use a ghost writer on this autobiography largely paid off. I've read a ton of celebrity biogs and most read like they've been constructed around a couple of interviews recorded onto a dictaphone and then padded out into a book. Suggs is a natural raconteur as he has depicted in his lyrics over the last three decades. It's not clear if he hired the services of an editor, because the chapter on the history of Ska and the singer's recent take up of serious cycling felt like padding and should have been cut. I enjoyed learning that the school his school fought against every term was my school. Listening to Baggy Trousers will never be the same again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. I. Fitzgibbon Belvedere, Kent 01/12/2014
    Mr. I. Fitzgibbon Belvedere, Kent 01/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Gritty and Funny... Complete Madness"
    If you could sum up That Close in three words, what would they be?

    Its a heart warming, gritty but funny story of one of Britains best loved singers from a true British institution. The story weaves its way from growing up and moving to Wales .. To coming back to London becoming Suggs that we know and love. Weaving its way from the early days of Madness.. Chasing cheese down a hill to earthquakes In Finsbury Park.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suggs is the obvious favourite, you want him to succeed and sometimes you feel sorry for him


    Have you listened to any of Suggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    None


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hard - loving and Fun... that's Mad


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 14/07/2017
    Mr 14/07/2017
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    A collection of Suggs and Madness anecdotes brought to life by Suggs. Great fun wonderful narration

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    laineya 03/07/2017
    laineya 03/07/2017

    laineya

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    "Staccato delivery is wearing"
    If you could sum up That Close in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable but irritating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suggs, obvs.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Suggs has a really irritating staccato delivery which becomes wearing after a while. The stories are great but I'm going to have to buy the print version as I couldn't finish this with his narration.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me nostalgic - I am from a similar area of London and many of the events and places are memorable


    Any additional comments?

    I so wanted to love this book but I couldn't listen any longer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Grainger 14/06/2017
    A. Grainger 14/06/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    This is one of the most interesting and amusing autobiographies I've listened to. Definitely recommended

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    M Broders 27/05/2017
    M Broders 27/05/2017 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable memoir of Suggs"

    Suggs reads his highly enjoyable autobiography adding to the the story of his life. Picking some key events in his life he canters through the life of a musician who has lived life to the full.

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    music lover 23/05/2017
    music lover 23/05/2017

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    "Brilliant"

    Madness provided the soundtrack for several decades of my (and many others ') life. Great to hear the inside story. As you might expect from a band that served quite a bit of bitter with the sweet, it's not all fun.
    The first few chapters when Suggs relates his memories of his schooldays should be compulsory listening for anyone contemplating teacher training or working in an inner city comp.
    Suggs narration is perfect, a real bonus. I listened to this over two days, and then started it again. Madness, they call it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr D L Midmore 09/05/2017
    Mr D L Midmore 09/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "funny"

    lots of charisma! really enjoyed the stories and it's read by Suggs himself- you can imagine you're sitting in a pub listening to his yarns!

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  • k richardson
    22/04/15
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    "pure genius..written and read by a genius"

    the cool and calm melodical voice of suggs makes listening to this book an absolute pleasure.filled with fun laughter chaos and macness this book takes you back to times of youth and teenage bungling..thank you suggs your a gem

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