Melanie Blake’s The Thunder Girls is a good old-fashioned blockbuster in the vein of the late greats, Jacqueline Susann, Jackie Collins, Shirley Conran, Jilly Cooper. So, what’s not to love, really?

Centering around the proposed reunion of four members of an 80s’ girl band, Chrissie, Roxanne, Anita and Carly, thirty years after they originally split up, it’s a veritable romp of a read, full of backstabbing, obsession, revenge and petty jealousies. But at its heart is a good old tale of friendship and love, in its many and not necessary healthy guises.

Blake draws on her own knowledge of working in the music industry – including at the hugely influential Top of the Pops – to create an authentic read, yes – but more than that something that’s entertaining and pure escapism. Exactly what’s needed at this particular, rather challenging of times.

We all should to be taken out of ourselves in this strange, rather unbrave world, so read The Thunder Girls, do!

We thought it was great.



Melanie Blake | The Thunder Girls | Pan Books | Special kindle version | April 2020

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Acknowledgements: Many thanks to lovely Martina Ticic of Midas PR for organising the tour and to the publisher for supplying a review copy of the ebook. Originally published in 2019. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved. Please check out the other reviews on this tour.

See also: Valley of the Dolls – some things just get better with age’;Damian Barr’s slice of South Africa‘; ‘Lynda LaPlante’s nod to the old and the new‘;’Prospect beautiful, Derek Jarman’s cottage‘; ‘Chris Whitaker’s small-town America’; ‘Nora Roberts’ Sanctuary: an Old Familiar’; Carver’s Nothing Important Happened Today’; By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’; ‘Yvonne Battle-Fenton’s Remembered‘; ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘; ‘We should all be feminists‘; The not-so-invisible woman: 150 greats in their own words’; The Splendour of George Stevens’ Giant; Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) – E. McNight Kauffer (book covers we love); ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”‘; ‘“Amethyst and flowers on the table”, the beauty of Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie and Lowell, a review‘.

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