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The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss

Nick Coleman

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Published by Vintage, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780099554332
Published: 7 Mar 2013


About the book



How do you lose music? Then having lost it, what do you do next? Nick Coleman found out the morning he woke up to a world changed forever by Sudden Neursosensory Hearing Loss.

The Train in the Night is an account of one man's struggle to recover from the loss of his greatest passion - and go one further than that: to restore his ability not only to hear but to think about and feel music, by going back to the series of big bangs which kicked off his musical universe.

The result a memoir not quite like any other. It is about growing up, about taste and love and suffering and delusion and longing to be Keith Richards. It is funny, heartbreaking and, above all, true.

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What the critics say

This is a book for anyone who grew up with pop music, listens to it still and has spent too much time thinking about it and talking about it. But it’s also a book about love and loss and middle age and looming mortality, written with grace and the driest imaginable humour. I’m not sure I can recommend it highly enough
- Spectator

Coleman is a spirited person, who writes with an irresistible Hornby-esque skip in his style... funny and admirable
- Guardian

A smart, witty and gentle memoir of music and adolescence and beyond
- Sunday Herald

Written with the same passion and wit that punctuated his reviews for the likes of NME, Coleman shares his journey to reconnecting with the soundtrack of his life
- Big Issue in the North

I can’t tell you how good it is but I’ll try… It’s a superb analysis
- Evening Standard

About the Author

Nick Coleman was Music Editor of Time Out magazine for seven years, and was Arts and Features Editors at the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of The Train in the Night, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Book Prize. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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