Goodnight Steve McQueen
By Louise Wener
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780060725631, 384pp.)
Publication Date: March 2005
From the author of The Perfect Play comes a charmingly
romanticyet very edgy-novel set in the music industry about friendship,
love, growing up, and always following your dreams.
Danny McQueen has dreamed of being a pop star since he was thirteen-years-old. Now he's twenty-nine and still dreaming. But he faces a dilemma. His girlfriend Alison wants him to sort his life out. She's given him an ultimatum: Find a record deal by the end of the year or it's find a new girlfriend. When is it time to give up on your childhood ambitions? When is it time to stop watching Columbo in your underpants and get a proper job? Is six months long enough for one last assault on the big time? Is friendship ever more important than love? Is it just your imagination or can your girlfriend always tell when you've been looking at Internet porn? With the help of his boss Kostas, his two best friends, and an eighty-year-old Kung Fu enthusiast called Sheila, Danny McQueen is about to find out.
Before turning to writing, Louise Wener was the lead singer of the 1990s British band Sleeper. She lives in London.
“Thoroughly enjoyable.... [Like] Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity and Tom Perrotta’s The Wishbones..., it is a sweet and funny read.