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Sex n Drugs n Rock n Roll!
on 24 October 2012
Eddie Mellor is drummer with early 60s rock band `The Raiders'. The love of his life is Jane. But their ex's have a habit of spoiling things. Eddie's ex, Angie, reveals that she's expecting his baby just when Eddie and Jane have got it together under the sheets. Eddie has to quit The Raiders and do `the right thing' by Angie but their marriage is soon on the rocks. Meanwhile, Jane's engagement to Mark Fisher, is also doomed when he learns that Ed has already slept with her. Eddie and Jane are soon meeting in secret and so begins a turbulent relationship, dogged by the wrath of their ex's which can only end in tragedy. The book's strengths: I did find Mark's story the more intriguing, it was more pared down and the tension was built skilfully. It would have been so easy for the author to make him into an out-and-out monster but instead she shows us the complexities of his character and we end up empathising to a certain degree. The book's weaknesses: a tendency to over-explain some unnecessary details to the reader. Also some of the slang was wrong for the 60s eg gobsmacked, fit bird, drop dead gorgeous and others which are much later.
In sum, Three Steps To Heaven has an upbeat feel to it and for those of you who enjoy a good dose of nostalgia, as I do, the story is set against a backdrop of 60s culture and memorabilia: from dansettes, records of the time, Mods and Rockers, Radio Caroline, not to mention fumbled sexual and romantic encounters!