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Helena Nicholls - ex world-famous pop star and prime-time DJ - wakes up in hospital to find her looks, her career and her personal life in tatters. She has been let down by her boyfriend, and the one person she loved most in the world - her best friend since the age of five - is dead. She feels that she belongs nowhere, and her sense of identity, fragile at the best of times, is in pieces. So Helena turns to the one thing that has always got her through, the one thing that has real resonance: music. And she begins to concoct The Plan.

Using the request format that made her radio show so popular, where listeners rang in with detailed stories about why certain songs were so meaningful for them, she sets out the story of her own life, chapter by chapter, track by track. Thinking about the songs that represent important chapters in her own life, Helena begins to come to terms with her past. But the present is more of a problem as, while in hospital, she has re-met an old friend to whom she is still hugely attracted. Her strict adherence to The Plan, however, means that time is not on her side. If she is to have a future at all, she must work out what it really means To Be Someone.

With its wry, appealing narrative voice, and its insider's take on the world of pop music, To Be Someone is a stunningly mature first novel which swings with wide smoothness between past and present, child and adulthood, joy and tragedy, love, loss and the meaning of true friendship.

©2001 Louise Voss (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Friendship, love and loss

I started listening to this book thinking it was going to be a psychological thriller, as that's what I have come to expect from Louise Voss. But this book is a story of friendship, love and loss which grew on me and I listened.

The story alternates between present day and the past, which details Helena's life from childhood to becoming part of a very famous band. I loved the way that Ms Voss uses a playlist of 20 songs with special memories to recount Helena's life. I listened to this book on Audible, via Alexa. Some of the songs I knew but others I didn't and I found myself asking Alexa to play them for me. The book was quite an emotional listen at times, and kept me guessing about how it would end. A bit of a change of genre for me, but I'm glad I listened.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I was lucky enough to get a free copy of the audible book and wow what a treat! It accompanied me on commutes to and from work, train and car and I was instantly grabbed by the story, the narrator and the characters in the book. Engrossing, captivating and heartfelt, what a fantastic book. I will definately look out for more by Louise Voss.