Toy Guitars

Paul Matts is a part time writer living in in Rearsby. His first novel, ‘Toy Guitars’, has just been published by New Generation Publishing.
‘Toy Guitars’ is a family drama set in the East Midlands in 1980, and is narrated by a fourteen year old boy, Matt Morgan. Matt is the youngest member of his family, who sees his world come crashing down following the actions of his elder brother, Karl. What ensues is a story of estrangement, division and loyalty with Matt’s own insecurity, adolescence and dreams also thrown into the mix. The settings, though fictitious, are based on Paul’s own upbringing, and take in locations in and around Syston, Thurmaston and the Wreake Valley.
Acclaimed British author Paul D Brazill describes ‘Toy Guitars’ as ‘a heartfelt and down to earth coming of age story. Social realism and top tunes. A cracker.’ He also referred to the author as a ‘Brit Grit Nick Hornby’. Hornby wrote classic novels ‘High Fidelity’, ‘Fever Pitch’ and ‘About A Boy’, all later made into blockbuster films starring the likes of John Cusack, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
Paul, pictured left with his book, has been a regular contributor for ‘We Are Cult’ and ‘Punk Globe’ magazines, and has a self-published novella, ‘Donny Jackal’, also available. A non-fiction work, on the US punk band Rancid, is due to be published later this year by Sonicbond Publishing. He is now a full-time self-employed gardener by trade, having ran The Attik night club and venue between 2001 and 2007.
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