• That Close

  • By: Suggs
  • Narrated by: Suggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.
Along the way he tells you what it's like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, to make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.
©2013 Graham McPherson (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Trull on 08-06-18

Hey you! Don't read that! Listen to this!

This lively memoir of Graham McPherson, a.k.a. Suggs of British pop legends Madness, is a must-listen for all fans of the band. It's brimming with picaresque anecdotes and against-all-odds success stories engagingly told in Suggs' own distinctive voice. He's a born storyteller, and indeed several of the tales in this book are quite familiar from his interviews and stage chatter over the years. Hearing him spin his yarns in his London accent, peppered with self-deprecating chuckles and groans, is far superior to reading his words in cold print.

Following the opening chapters on his childhood, Suggs gets down to business with the formation of Madness and their wild career as the U.K.'s top singles band of the 1980s. Here it gets a bit disconcerting as Suggs seems to skip past key events of Madness history, but then it turns out he's not going in strict chronological order. He hops back and forth in a stream of consciousness manner, which after all is more like it would be to hear him chatting about the old days over a pint at the pub, instead of proceeding in a strictly organized documentary fashion. Just be patient and eventually he'll hit all the old familiar bits of Madness mythology. He also recounts a number of lesser known experiences, such as a ramshackle bicycle tour of Italy, and a spiritual odyssey up a banyan tree in Jamaica, which is unexpectedly poetic and beautiful.

If you're not aware of or interested in Madness and its lead singer, this is not an audiobook for you. Go listen to One Step Beyond or The Liberty of Norton Folgate first, then come back here if the music catches your fancy. Any fan of Madness "Absolutely" needs to listen to this. I selected That Close with my first free introductory credit on Audible, and I imagine I will re-listen to this many, many times. Cheers to the great man Suggsy!

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5 out of 5 stars
By k richardson on 04-22-15

pure genius..written and read by a genius

the cool and calm melodical voice of suggs makes listening to this book an absolute pleasure.filled with fun laughter chaos and macness this book takes you back to times of youth and teenage bungling..thank you suggs your a gem

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marion Nash on 02-12-14

Time spent with Suggs

Would you consider the audio edition of That Close to be better than the print version?

I've got both - you can hear Suggs' voice in the book and then get closer with the audiobook - it's like listening to the same story you always love to hear from a pal

What other book might you compare That Close to, and why?

Rock autobiographies, social history books - because that is what it is

Which character – as performed by Suggs – was your favourite?

Erm, Suggs

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It was the cat what made me do it

Any additional comments?

I've always been a fan of Suggs - he's so down to earth and loyal to his roots - and, of course, a great singer/songwriter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Binky on 11-16-13


What did you like most about That Close?

I adored the 'rude boy' charm that came across so well. This is a cheeky, funny, really entertaining book, and Suggs is so humble it's obvious he is a truly, lovely gentleman. It's interesting to listen to, as Suggs has the soul of an urban poet, and a brilliant way of utilising words.

What about Suggs’s performance did you like?

I appreciated that it was narrated by the author, it really made the book come to life.

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