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This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs

This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs

Piatkus, out now

Hoffs is the much-loved former lead singer with The Bangles whose 1980s hits include ‘Manic Monday’, ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’, and ‘Eternal Flame’. She went on to release a stream of solo albums and brings her lifelong experience of the music business to bear on her impressive debut novel. The tale of a slightly washed-up American one-hit wonder embarking on a whirlwind courtship with a reserved Oxford professor is classic rom-com, but Hoffs’ accomplished prose, keen sense of dramatic pace and insider knowledge make this a smart, genuinely funny read.

Susanna Hoffs will be talking about the novel, and her life and career – as well as playing an exclusive acoustic set – at Kite festival, Oxfordshire on Sunday 11 June. Book tickets here.