Another Planet

A Teenager in Suburbia

Tracey Thorn

In the heart of the Green Belt nothing seemed to move. Stranded in the past, it wrestled with the present, and hated the future. And there I was, stuck with it.
Another Planet by Tracey Thorn (Hardback ISBN 9781786892553) book cover

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7 February 2019

An exploration of suburbia from music icon Tracey Thorn; singer-songwriter and Sunday Times bestselling author of Bedsit Disco Queen

In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn’s teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.Before she became an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.Returning more than three decades later to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. With endearing wit and great insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and yet so many artists have come from.

“I adored this. Wise, tender, beautifully observed, deadly funny. A Green Belt memoir classic”
Max Porter

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“What a wise and funny book. Nostalgic but unsentimental, Thorn beautifully captures the aspirations, ennui and angst of suburban teenage life. I loved it”
David Nicholls

Another Planet is about being a teenager in suburbia in the 1970s, and revisiting one’s own youth from middle age. It touches on class, culture, music, plum jam and parenting teens. It’s wonderful. You’ll read it in one go”
Nina Stibbe

“A book that dazzles with a quiet rebellion, resilience and hope”
Elif Shafak

“I loved it. Thorn is the rarest of things: a singer whose phrasing is as good on the page as it is through a microphone”
John Niven

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn is a singer-songwriter and writer, best known for her seventeen years in bestselling duo Everything But The Girl. She grew up as the youngest of three children in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, where she learned the piano, enjoyed underaged drinking, and started her first band while still at school. Since then, she has released four solo albums, one movie soundtrack, a large handful of singles and two books, including the Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen, and currently writes a column for the New Statesman. She lives in London, with her husband Ben Watt and their three children. @tracey_thorn |


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