On the Road Not Taken is a memoir about the transformational power of music. It begins with a boy growing up in a small town on the Kent coast in the 1970s, who learns to play the guitar and dreams of heading out on the open road with a head full of songs. But when the moment comes to make the choice he is not brave enough to try and do it for a living.
Time passes but the desire to explain the world through music never goes away. And as the years go by it gets harder and harder to risk looking like a fool, of doing the very thing he would most like to do, of actually being himself. Eventually, thirty-five years later, when it feels like time is running out, he walks out onto a stage in front of 500 people and begins to sing again.
What follows is an extraordinary period of self-discovery as he plays pubs, clubs, theatres and festivals, overcoming anxiety to experience the joy of performance.
A delight... It drew me in and wouldn't let me go.
Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons and the first drummer of Genesis.
A beautifully observed and moving memoir for all of us struggling to live the dream and sing our inner song.
Dr Phil Hammond, broadcaster and GP.
I was bowled over... Beautifully pitched, funny at times and very affecting.
Mark Ellingham, publisher and founder of Rough Guides.
Rammed with the thrills of recognition... charming and evocative.
Mark Ellen, writer, broadcaster, and author of 'Rock Stars Stole My Life!'
A book that doesn't leave a person right away, but lingers as you wonder if you have fulfilled your potential.
Kathryn Aalto, New York Times best-selling author of ‘The Natural World of Winnie the Poo’ and ‘Writing Wild.’
Paul Dodgson teaches us it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
John Otway, Rock and Roll’s self-proclaimed Greatest Failure.
A brilliant new book... And trust me folks, whether or not you’re a child of the sixties or seventies, this is one great fun and very moving read.
Paul Ross, Talk Radio