In a novel that tampers with reality, Alma Cogan, one of Britain's most celebrated pop stars from the 1950s, is resurrected and teamed up with mass murderer Myra Hindley. A first novel. Winner of the 1991 Whitbread Award.

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By Paul (Nottingham, England, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · June 25, 2008
This short but exhaustingly written novel is undoubtedly a considerable achievement but I wouldn't recommend it to you unless you're obsessive about British showbiz culture, fashion and interior decoration 1950-1965. And I guess it would help to be interested in Alma Cogan, because it's about her... ...more
By Karen (Medford, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · June 17, 2007
Taught in my term abroad Contemporary British Literature class by this total sex bomb late 90's English guy who said absurd, exasperated things like "The sun just reflects off the telly when I'm watching football...YOU call it soccer, love" and "I bet you grew up playing BASKETBALL, didn't you, M... ...more
By sisterimapoet (West Sussex, WS, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · October 05, 2008
It's rare to find a book that does something utterly different from most novels. This is one such book.

I knew nothing about Alma Cogan before I read this, she was little more than a name on my old music radar. I'm not sure I know much more about her now, in a truthful, biographical way, as that i... ...more
By Derek (Faversham, Kent, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · July 28, 2011
Very odd book which somehow juxtaposes the eponymous Miss Cogan with Myra Hindley in ways which I can't quite remember anymore! The author is nothing if not versatile, I remember for example reading a book about snooker he had written, and several others whose titles escape me now. ...more
By Rhonda (Manchester, I2, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 24, 2009
I should've liked this more... I expected to. There's some amazing writing in there, but I was just not convinced by the narrator's voice - did Alma Cogan herself think in such a literary way? And i found the overall plot and esp the denouement a bit 'so what'? ...more
By Liz · ★★★★☆ · October 27, 2011
Fine descriptive writing. I think I'll see more on a second reading