The Madonna of Bolton – Matt Cain


Sunday 12 May

All Saints Church Gardens & Hall

3.30pm-4.30pm, £6
Matt Cain discusses his new book ‘The Madonna of Bolton’. After receiving over 30 rejections from publishers, reportedly due to its gay protagonist and theme Matt crowdfunded the novel and it  reached its funding target in seven days, becoming Unbound’s fastest-crowdfunded novel ever. The book tells the story of Charlie, who on his ninth birthday discovers Madonna, and falls in love. His obsession sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school, fitting in at a posh university, a glamorous career in London, finding boyfriends, getting rid of boyfriends, and family heartbreak. Madonna’s music and videos inspire him, and her fierce determination to succeed gives him the confidence to do the same. Ultimately, though, he must learn to let go of his idol and find his own voice. Charlie’s story is Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love and dreamed of more… 

Charming, funny, touching, a lovely coming-of-age novel – and a celebration of music, Madonna and being true to yourself’ - Kate Mosse

Matt Cain was born in Bury and brought up in Bolton. He was educated at state schools and then Cambridge University. Matt spent ten years making arts and entertainment programmes for ITV and then became Channel 4 News’ first ever Culture Editor. His first novel, ‘Shot Through the Heart’, was published b in 2014. The second, Nothing But Trouble, followed in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018 Matt worked as Editor-in-Chief of Attitude, the UK’s biggest-selling magazine for gay men.  

e was a judge for the 2013 inner of Diversity in Media’s Journalist of the Year award.

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