Author(s): Catherine Bruton
Billy Elliot meets the X-Factor meets Shameless! This is a powerful, moving and funny novel for readers of "11-111". I reckon we need a plan that's so massive it'll change our lives forever...The first round of auditions was a bit mad. All these wannabe popstars sitting around trying to look wacky/soulful/tragic (delete as appropriate) to catch the attention of the TV cameras. At least we had a cracking back story. The story of me, Agnes, Jimmy and baby Alfie too; the tears, the tragedy, the broken homes and feuding families, the star-crossed lovers. And only some of it was made up. If I say so myself, it was genius: a sure-fire golden ticket to stratospheric stardom. Or at least that was the plan...
"'Outstanding. A big, brave debut' (The Bookseller) 'Deserves high praise' (Evening Standard) 'This is a book with high ambitions - it tries to do many things and pulls them all off - tender, sad, but also tense and exciting. An excellent read' (Anthony McGowan) 'I loved it... A really poignant story. It's one of those books I keep thinking about after I've finished it' (Rachel Airey, Children's Fiction Buyer, WHSmith) 'Astonishing' (Books for Keeps)"
After graduating from the University of Oxford, Catherine Bruton began her career as an English teacher and later went on to write feature articles for The Times, among other publications. She started writing fiction while teaching at a school in Africa, inspired by the children she was working with, and the culture that surrounded her. She still teaches, and her pupils continue to be one of her main sources of inspiration. Pop! is her second novel for Egmont, following the much-praised We Can Be Heroes. Catherine lives near Bath with her husband and two small children.