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Durham writer Suzanne Hart’s debut novel Ice Cream & Indie Music is published this month, and it’s likely to strike a chord with musicians and music fans alike.

The novel takes us on a journey with Charlie, a small town Norfolk girl whose life revolves around school, work and watching her favourite band, Projects. To celebrate the end of her A-levels Charlie and her friends Ryan and Dot agree to accompany the band on their tour of the UK. In true indie style the trio buy an old ice cream van to travel, sleep and live out of and go on to realise their teen dreams of touring the UK while supporting their rock star idols. Naturally, feelings between the trio begin to complicate matters.

Suzanne’s experiences as a bass player in “umpteen groups who did two rehearsals at First Avenue and were never heard of again and bands who played two towns in the same month and declared it a national tour” make her highly qualified to write about the trials and tribulations of being a fledgling band attempting to make their name. “They say write about what you know, and owning a bass gets you into almost any band for a good couple of months until the rest of the band realises you can’t actually play it,” Suzanne laughs.

In order to promote the book – and since a traditional meet and greet at a book shop is out of the question under the current circumstances – Suzanne has taken the ingenious approach of sending the book itself on a tour of the North Eastern venues played by the band in the novel. People are invited to take a copy and read it and then pass it to a friend once finished and share a photo of their roaming tome on Instagram.

Ice Cream & Indie Music is published on 28th July. Follow the book’s tour on Instagram @suzannehartwrites

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