- 13 Oct 10
Her gushing, Paul Morley-esque music columns have made her a cult figure in Britain. Now newspaper writer Laura Barton is taking her first steps as a novelist.
or many authors, the first novel is an attempt to solve the mystery of who they are by drawing a map of the place from where they came. Over a decade as a journalist with The Guardian, Laura Barton carved out a reputation as one of the finest music and arts writers of her generation. The highly subjective, tactile style of her Hail, Hail, Rock ‘N’ Roll columns, incorporating a strong sense of place and a sharp understanding of the rhythms of nature, was a tonic to the prevailing macho noir style of cock ‘n’ bull music journalese (ie blokes from Bognor who fancy themselves as Bukowski), or the just-the-facts-ma’am approach of what Paul Morley calls ‘the librarians’.