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"A fantastic coming of age novel. The characters move fluidly around the twists and turns of teenage angst and rock and roll dreams. The writing is intelligent, witty, and will quickly draw you onto the the story. Beware, it's hard to put down once you've begun. It's a definite must read!" 

- Amazon Review


"A page-turning roller coaster ride that will leave you wishing you grew up to be a rock singer, Broken Birdie Chirpin carves its niche between John Knowles' A Separate Peace and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as the younger, hipper classic coming of age novel for rockers who never attended a privileged New England boarding school. Long live Rip Churchill!"

– Amazon Review


Broken Birdie Chirpin is the quintessential rock n’ roll coming of age novel. It tells the story of a watershed year in the life of a gifted, but mostly maladjusted, teenage rock n’ roller. He embarks on a whirlwind journey from mysterious loner through the upper echelons of the vibrant London music scene in search of his rock n’ roll fantasy.

The story opens just as our rock n’ roller seemingly falls for Becky, a rough-around-the-edges schoolmate who sees past his shortcomings. His life is quickly complicated by an encounter with Skeffington, a popular jock with musical aspirations of his own. The not-so-chance encounter sets in motion a series of events that will forever change each of their lives. As the summer months unfold so do the dreams and tragedies of our protagonist. Bloody hell. Even the smallest decisions define life for decades to come.