Ted Ainsworth has always worked at his family's ice-cream business in the quiet Lancashire town of St Luke's-on-Sea.
But the truth is, he's never wanted to work for the family firm - he doesn't even like ice-cream, though he's never told his parents that. When Ted's husband suddenly leaves him, the bottom falls out of his world.
But what if this could be an opportunity to put what he wants first? This could be the chance to finally follow his secret dream: something Ted has never told anyone...
'Becoming Ted is the story of an ordinary man's journey to fulfil his extraordinary dream. It's full of warmth, humour and courage and I absolutely loved it! Loud, proud and ruddy marvellous!'
'A joyful read; tender, full of courage and irresistibly good-hearted. Lovers of Albert Entwistle have a real treat in store; as do those who haven't met him yet'
'With beautifully crafted characters, and a thoughtful, layered plot that explores love, friendship, identity and discovering the things you have to leave behind in order to move on, Becoming Ted reminds us that every dream is worth following
'The most joyful, heart-warming, and beautiful book ever. From heartbreak to following a dream, everyone will relate to Ted. I know it's a good book when I put down my wine to keep reading!'
'Matt Cain writes with energy and compassion about friendship, love and acceptance. This is a life-affirming story about one man's journey to be true to himself'
'Full of the warm, beautifully drawn characters I've come to expect from Matt's writing . . . so moving and so much fun. This is a book that's going to mean so much to so many people'
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle
Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing.
64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. But he's just learned he'll be forced to retire at his next birthday. With no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises it's finally time to be honest about who he is. He must learn to ask for what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he lost - but has never forgotten . . .
Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way ... This is a love story the like of which you have never read before!
'I had to read it in one sitting. I loved it! Really heart-warming and joyful, but also so poignant. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's such a beautifully authentically told story with vivid characters and you will miss them when you reach the end.'
'A rollicking love story'
'Albert is such an endearing character - flawed, funny and awkward, but completely relatable. I wanted to give him a good shake and then a huge hug. This is a wonderfully warm story that completely drew me in'
'Wonderful. Written with such a good heart, filled with joy and strength and optimism. Like the best fiction, it's real ...It's inventive and fun but most importantly true.'
RUSSELL T DAVIES
'Prepare to fall in love with Albert Entwistle! Touching and tender'
'Albert is delightful and charming, and the book is too.'
'You will weep and yet have a heart filled with joy'
'Wonderful... A love story that will have every reader cheering on Albert from the 'sidelines. An utter treat'
'This is a heart-warming, joyous love story - original, hopeful and totally charming'
The Madonna of Bolton
Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called ‘Lucky Star’...
On his ninth birthday, Charlie 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…
'A trip down memory lane around the glorious streets of Bolton –
a novel with a heart as big as Moss Bank Park'
‘A book for anybody who feels at all
marginalised, small, bullied or lost’
''Fabulous Matt Cain and fabulous Madonna together
at last – what a treat'
'A glorious celebration of the queen of pop and a triumphant
coming-of-age tale about the power of being true to yourself'
''It's a cracker!'
Beautifully and sharply drawn'
'Shades of Billy Elliot colour this sequinned, unrepentantly
Eighties tale of coming-of-age and finding your own voice'
MAIL ON SUNDAY
'An uplifting and nostalgic gem of a novel'
'This book made us laugh and cry, and entertains f
rom start to finish'
'A fun, relatable read tackling life's obstacles in a way
that's relatable to all'
'Charming, funny, touching, a lovely coming-of-age novel - and a celebration of music, Madonna and being true to yourself'
'A riotous rollercoaster of a read, gripping, with a huge heart'
'A sharp, moving and laugh-out-loud funny novel about
finding love and deserving it'
RUSSELL T DAVIES
Nothing But Trouble
Lola Grant is the hottest pop star in Britain and she’s about to go global. But behind the music, her addiction to bad boys is taking her personal life in a dangerous direction. When it comes to men, Lola just can’t stay away from trouble – and her self-control is pushed to the limit when she meets her handsome new drummer Jake Hunter.
Looking out for Lola is her best friend and manager Harvey Sparks. But Harvey’s fighting his own demons and can only watch from the sidelines as the star he helped create begins to fall. When Lola seeks comfort in a life of wild partying, she meets good-hearted showbiz reporter Freddy Jones, a man who may just be able to offer her a way out.
But as she starts rehearsals for her Trouble tour, Lola finds herself faced with a new threat, one much bigger than anything she’s ever experienced. And unless someone can get through to her before opening night, she’s in danger of losing everything she fought so hard for – in full view of the whole world.
"A fab.u.lous tale of love, lust, friendship and revenge.
Hold on to your seats girls, you're in for a hell of a ride!"
- THE SUN
"A raucous, riotous and raunchy peek into the crazy world
of the music business."
"Sparkling, sexy, funny, the perfect summer read."
"Frothy and fun, this is a sun-lounger win."
"A rollercoaster ride that will have you on the edge
of your sun-lounger!"
'Glorious, shameless chick lit.'
- POLLY VERNON, GRAZIA
Shot Through the Heart
'Matt Cain is now the closest we have to a
home-turf Jackie Collins.'
- ELLE MAGAZINE
Mia Sinclair is the First Lady of Love, a beautiful film goddess known across the globe for her romantic roles. But in real life she has more trouble finding love than she does in the movies. And she knows just who to blame – the paparazzi.
Leo Henderson is a British photographer working in LA, loving the lifestyle and shooting the stars – especially when they don’t want to
When Mia meets Leo, the sparks fly. But could dating a paparazzo be the biggest mistake of her life? And how will she cope when Leo becomes jealous of her friendship with co-star Billy Spencer, the hottest actor in town but a man hiding a secret he’s worried could destroy
"A deliciously sexy romp that blows open the
scandalous secrets of Hollywood."
- THE DAILY EXPRESS
"Brilliantly written and utterly engrossing, Matt Cain's
debut novel is a wonderful read."
- THE SUN
"Jackie Collins, watch your leopard print back! Matt Cain's
in town with a biting wit and some good old fashioned romance!"
- JONATHAN HARVEY
"Need a companion for your beach holiday?
Look no further than this fun, glitzy tale."
"A first-class ticket to Tinseltown. Full of glitz, sex and secrets,
it’s over the top and fabulously good fun. I raced through it."
- FANNY BLAKE
"Rollicking good fun... sexy, funny, I couldn't put it down."
- ATTITUDE MAGAZINE