By the time most people hit 30, they ve managed to do one of the following things- 1. Grow up . Meet one of their heroes . Move on a bit from the music they were obsessed with at the age of 17. Clive Beresford has failed to do all three. He mopes around, drinking too much, wondering why life has forgotten him, disgusted at the deletion of the bands he loves (Carter USM, The Wonder Stuff, Ned s Atomic Dustbin et al.) from the world s musical hard drive, quietly lamenting his never-was career as a music journalist. To make matters worse, his best friend has turned into a boring old fart and his bank account is so empty it s actually developed an echo. But all or at least some of that is about to change. One otherwise unremarkable Saturday morning Clive sees the biggest alternative-pop star of them all walking down the high street with his dry-cleaning- Lance Webster, disgraced ex-singer of Thieving Magpies ( the biggest British band to emerge from the late-eighties indie-boom Rolling Stone).
Tim Thornton was born in 1973. Despite a boarding-school education and a degree in drama, his adulthood has largely been spent playing the drums, most recently for indie/folk artist Fink. Along the way he has delivered daily newspapers in Copenhagen, changed light bulbs at Shepherd's Bush Empire, and pulled one of the first rickshaws in London. The Alternative Hero is his first novel.