Stairway to Hell

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Profile Books, 2009 - Fiction - 281 pages
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British bar singer Rik Suntan, winner of the local Pub Idol contest two years in a row, is quite confident that it's just a matter of getting the right break before he becomes an internationally renowned rock star. The fact that he's singing to 15 people at the Blue Cairo three times a week has done little to dim his aspirations for global dominance of the music industry. Then his gig is canceled, and his girlfriend throws him out of their apartment; even bigger problems loom when his manager attempts to convince Rik that he is really the host for the soul of '70s rock icon David Bowie, a ritual performed on Rik when he was an infant by Led Zeppelin guitarist and black-arts practitioner Jimmy Page. A novel as barmy as this one is hard not to love, especially when Rik and a grizzled band of the halt and the lame attempt to take back the music from the greedy swill-masters behind The X Factor (what they do to Simon Cowell is worth the price of the book).

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About the author (2009)

Charlie Williams wrote the books Deadfolk, Fags and Lager and King of the Road, all of which feature the character Royston Blake. A short film he wrote, ARK, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and Opalcin at le Touqet in 2009. He lives in the UK with his wife, kids and dogs.

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