Monday, 10 October 2011

Subba Review

Whichever way you look at it, ‘Richard’ is anything but an easy read. Both a fictionalised account of the final days of Richey Edwards and an exploration of his extraordinary, and tragically short life, Ben Myers’ novel screams ‘controversy’ from a hundred paces away… but you shouldn’t let that put you off. In the wrong hands this book could have been an absurdly histrionic, manipulative glamorisation, a slavish hagiography, a deliberately provocative hack-job or a combination of all three, but Myers (a regular contributor to the Guardian, Mojo, NME and others, if you’re wondering why the name rings a bell) has emerged with something entirely different – a thoughtful, compassionate, and engaging work that attempts to explore Richey the man, rather than Richey the myth.

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