What’s it like to reach for the stars, but end up floating in a tin can?
Garth Tyson wanted to be the next David Bowie. He fell short. Waaaay short. Burnt out, he fled the stage at Glastonbury ’85, having been pelted with mud, and was never seen again.
You’re familiar with the stars of this era: the Adam Ants, Duran Durans and Depeche Modes – musicians who successfully navigated punk and New Wave to become icons.
Bet you’ve never heard of Garth Tyson – singer, brother, dreamer. Stallholder.
That’s why we’re here.
Decades after Garth’s disappearance, former bandmates, friends, relatives, lovers, music-biz execs and two fans (you try finding more) reunite to tell Garth’s compelling, tragicomic tale. Can any shed light on what really happened to him?
Not everyone appears willingly. Here’s Garth’s 80-year-old mother, Doreen Thyssen: ‘I don’t like people who dig dirt. Fuck off.’ The charmer.
Loved Daisy Jones? Try this perfectly squalid British version.
We spent 7 days looking for Garth Tyson…. did we ever find him?
Review by Bookworm Blogger, “This story had a slightly different layout to my usual reads but I found it quite refreshing. The interview style of telling the story gave all of the characters a chance to voice their side of the story.”
Review by twilight_reader (IG), “I loved how the author describes each new character so they aren’t just a name you can almost put the face to the name which is perfect.”
Review by The Word is Out – Alyson’s Reviews (FB), “With all the vibrant and eccentric characters involved here, this book would be superb televised! I loved it!!”
Review by Book Addict, “Sex, Drugs and brilliant prose! This book is so good. It really is a proper British version of Daisy Jones and the Six. As I was reading it I was imaging it as a Brit film it would work so well.”
Review by Sue Loves to Read, “This was a good read. Different and refreshing. Good story and characters.”
Extract at b for bookreview, “If half the stories he told me that afternoon were true – debatable of course, given our brief history, though I sensed only earnest conviction – Garth Tyson had been some sort of charismatic pop mystic. Albeit one neglected by history.”
Review by Pauline Render, “I quickly became engrossed in all the characters lives as I learnt about them growing up, their bickering and the determination of Garth to succeed.”
Jazzy Book Reviews put Nick in the spotlight as we learn which three words he uses to describe himself, whether he has met anyone famous, his writing kryptonite and so much more
Review by booksbytheboat, “All the way through this book you want to pick up your phone and Google what happened, dive into the lives of the characters and find out the ‘real’ version of events but you can’t do that, because although it would be a very convincing true story – this is only a work of fiction.”
Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, “I was so eager to find out what had happened to Garth, and the story was so readable that I couldn’t stop reading. Seriously addictive reading this was. It may make you want to really find out what Garth Tyson did that much; you want to do your own research….well as convincing as this book is, it is fiction.”
Extract at Over the Rainbow Book Blog, “They do. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes! Your email said you wanted to talk about Garth Tyson. Lovely boy! A delight to represent! And I did represent him – in all sorts of ways. No I didn’t. BB’s pulling your piece. You’re writing a book about him, you said? What in heaven’s name for? Are you insane?”
Review by fantasybookcraz_mum (IG), “This was definitely a fun read. I was intrigued from the beginning and the characters were so interesting to get to know. Every single character was very well thought out written. I loved Sally’s character.”
Review by Donna’s Interviews, Reviews and Giveaways (FB), “You get hooked on this very quickly, you keep reading to find out what happened…I would really recommend this.”
Review by Tomes and Tales, “A very well researched book, that also showcases the author’s love for and knowledge of the music of the era. It almost reads like an actual biography. A refreshing work of fiction to start the new year with.”
Review by Jessica Belmont, “I loved the stories of the band. It was so easy to picture everything that was being said. I was transported back in time. I enjoyed the humor and the intrigue of the entire plot. Desdstar was a surprising and fantastic read that I highly recommend giving a shot!”
Review by Portable Magic, “Although DeadStar is, to a large extent, a character driven novel, the question of what happened to Garth Tyson is never far away from the reader’s mind. This kept me engaged the whole way through and as I was reading, building up a picture of Garth’s character and what happened during his time in the band, I enjoyed trying to guess myself where Garth is now.”
Review by dds_book_reviews (IG), “This book is brilliant. It is told through interviews with those involved with Garth & Speed of Life – Garth stepped off stage at Glastonbury in 1985 & was never seen again.”
And that is well and truly a wrap!
Thank you ever so much to everyone who has taken part in the tour!
Until the next adventure xxx