Soap The Stamps, Jump The Tube.
By Gail Thibert
Book review by Wayne Reid
Gail’s autobiography is a sometimes comedic look back at the life of a misspent youth, adventure and the desire to live her own life, away from home. Her story is open, honest and sometimes distressing. Most famous for her time as singer, then keyboard player in the bands Adventures In Colour, Lost Cherrees, she describes the events and the characters she has shared her life with as clearly as though it were all yesterday, bringing back to life the smells and sounds of any one of London’s dismal squats, exactly as they were in the 1980’s. For me, the book is very close to home, as I knew some of the people mentioned, and even attended some of the same events, clubs and pubs myself, not to mention having my own childhood hometown of Hornchurch mentioned in the mix.
Gail’s story doesn’t grip you from the start, but it does lure you in, and by the time you reach the point her narrative snares you, the story has you hooked and you have already fallen for her witty style and self-deprecation as she fumbles her way through the dark, hostile streets of Post-Punk London, searching for a home to call her own, and someone worth sharing it with. There are many pitfalls, many upsets and let downs, throughout all of which, Gail stays true to herself, living by her own rules and morals, finding freedom on two wheels, then three, and finally the comfort and pleasures of all four.
‘Soap the stamps, jump the tube’ is published by www.unbound.com
Cover price £10.99