Teenager Ben Somerset has three great loves in his life: Sherlock Holmes, designer clothes and a certain song by Madonna. And then Susie appears.
Set in England in the summer of 1984 Lucky Star tells of Ben’s introduction to the world of shoplifting, music, politics, love and heartbreak.
Targeted Age Group:: 14+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It is partly based on my own experience in the world of shoplifting and designer clothes in the 80s.
I felt I needed to share my stories and especially the characters.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Most of the characters in the novel are based on real people I knew although not necessarily when the novel is set.
The main character is based on myself and his two friends are an amalgam of some of my friends at the time.
The first person I ever see with a pair of Adidas Los Angeles trainers is Sean Crow, whose brother is Dan Crow, who once threatened to bite my nose off. Dan later told me he was joking, but I wasn’t so sure. He’s an edgy lad at the best of times.
Anyway, these trainers, these Adidas LAs, are amazing and it’s all because of the pegs. They have these pegs, you see – one red, one white and one blue – inserted into the side of the heels. I don’t know what they’re for and I don’t really care.
Sean paid five pounds for the LAs from Cully. Sean is a freak but a nice, sweet lad (nothing like his brother) and a brilliant laugh. You’d like him. Everybody likes the Crow Man.
‘Look at me!’ he says, the trainers shining and glowing on his feet like two mini rocket ships. ‘I’m a prince!’ He parades up and down in front of us, like he’s on a catwalk or something. ‘See these pegs?’ He lifts up one leg, so he’s balancing like a flamingo jester, and points a finger at the heel of his raised shoe. ‘Each one means something different. The red one makes me a top athlete, the blue one makes me irresistible to women and the white one makes me a leader of men. Altogether they mean I’m a god.’
‘What are the pegs for really?’ I say. The pegs are strange and beautiful. I’ve never really cared much for designer clothes like the other lads but seeing these shoes has changed everything. They’ve opened my eyes to a brand new world.
‘Shock absorbers, comrade,’ says Bradley Wilkins, who is also called ‘Choo-Choo’ Wilkins, because the white Fila roll-neck jumpers he always wears puts us in mind of the ‘Choo-Choo’ character from the cartoon Top Cat. ‘All that running on concrete puts pressure on your knee joints.’ Choo-Choo is also very tall and has blonde hair with a floppy fringe that is always getting in his eyes.
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