Graham Sclater, the author of this book, spent much of the sixties living and working as a musician in Hamburg. 'Ticket to Ride' is an account of some of the events that many English groups experienced and wished to forget. It is dedicated to the many musicians who failed to survive the trauma and returned to England. During the mid-sixties, at the peak of the English group scene in Germany, dozens of groups made the short trip across the English Channel to northern Europe in search of fame and fortune. This novel follows the exploits of a naive under-age five-piece group from the South West of England as they make the futile search for success in Germany. Although they set out to follow the path of the Beatles, they soon fall deep into the world that their contemporaries were fortunate enough to escape. Based predominantly on the Reeperbahn, the Red Light district of Hamburg, the group is soon dragged down, their lives affected forever by the everyday world of prostitution, sex, drugs and violence, resulting in a total breakdown of the values that they once believed in. Realising too late that they have no way out, the story charts their desperation and untimely failure.