Jukebox, Paperback. Saira Viola
Nick Stringer is a rookie lawyer but what he really wants is to run his own record label. His dream seems one step closer when old family friend and businessman Mel Greenberg offers to bankroll him. Avery Cross is a junior reporter desperately searching for the story that’s going to make her name. Avery thinks there’s more to Mel Greenberg than meets the eye and that uncovering the truth about him might just be her ticket to the big time. Nick, Mel and Avery’s lives converge against the backdrop of London’s underworld where glamour, crime & greed party side by side. It doesn't take long before Nick begins to realise that if an offer looks too good to be true it probably is. In a city rocked by corruption and excess, one of them is going to learn that sometimes in life you get more than you bargained for. Jukebox is Saira Viola's brilliant full-length debut novel. "A great amount has been done in literature over the years but every now and then someone comes along and shows us a completely different approach to the ancient art of the scribe . So hail Saira Viola and discover her twisted and beautiful imagination. Literature needs Saira Viola . Her writing is sharp direct and gripping.” -Benjamin Zephaniah "A fresh faced voice to herald in the apocalypse .Posers beware .This is the real deal." -Jonathan Shaw "Injecting musical prose into a dying genre and one sorely needing a shot in the arm .What Viola has proven is the great novel is not incompatible with virtuosic poetics." -James Browning Kepple "I enjoyed this piece's in-your-face quality." -Robin Wyatt Dunn "Guy Ritchie meets Martin Amis.......stunning." -Betsy Reavley "Jukebox is a dirty, delinquent satire with plenty of scabrous humour, but it also holds up a mirror to a society obsessed with the wrong kind of celebrity. .....Jukebox is a compelling crime caper." -Crime Fiction Lover "Jukebox is a witty riotous story populated by larger-than-life characters in EC1" -The Clerkenwell Post "Jukebox is unique - overflows with pazazz." - Heathcote Williams, International TimesBuy Now
A Word from the Author: Saira Viola
Jukebox (Published by Fahrenheit Press) A classic London Noir .Jukebox is a pay-as-you-play juke joint where the bad, the beautiful, and the buzzed all vie for the top spot on the hit parade, Jukebox spins pop dreams of a city fractured by racism, sexual subterfuge, class conflict, tabloid values, and celeb idolatry, while crooks and mooches bump and grind to the beat of their own clueless vanity as Hot Chocolate coos ‘Everyone’s a Winner baby. . .’
In dreams begin responsibilities – and Faustian bargains. Meet Nick, a legal flunkey who dreams of escaping into rock stardom, and his uncle Mel, Clerkenwell’s answer to John Gotti – a sartorial charmer who wears manspanx, has a weekly spray tan, and an addiction to fox fur and caviar. He parties with millionaire web nerds, has strippers and fixers on tap, and is besotted with a tri- sexual Burlesque star. A determined finagler, Mel is a walking riddle of greed and depravity, a Cheshire cat with fangs, who makes his nephew an offer he can’t refuse. And the knowledge that Nick acquires is the sort of thing that made Oedipus poke out his own eyes.
‘The inter-connected worlds of media, celebrity and good old-fashioned London gangsters are all ripe for humorous treatment in this freewheeling darkly humorous exposé of the city’s seedy underbelly. A sharp-eyed satire that marches to its own beat.’
“Literature needs Saira Viola . Her writing is sharp direct and gripping.” -Benjamin Zephaniah
"Jukebox is a dirty, delinquent satire with plenty of scabrous humour, but it also holds up a mirror to a society obsessed with the wrong kind of celebrity. .....Jukebox is a compelling crime caper." -Crime Fiction Lover
"Jukebox is a witty riotous story populated by larger-than-life characters in EC1" -The Clerkenwell Post
"Jukebox is unique - overflows with pazazz." - Heathcote Williams, International Times
Saira Viola: Acclaimed fiction writer, poet, song lyricist and creator of sonic scatterscript . From early poetic experimentation with language, image and sound a technique, have dubbed sonic scatterscript to novelistic ventures into the dark absurd world of contemporary crime fiction, the work pulses with iconoclastic brio that mischievously blasts the golden calves of our times.
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