New novel - Truth and Lies in Murder Park: a book about Mr Luke Haines Available May 26th or pre-order now frombenben press or amazon


A writer is invited to the stunning new rural retreat of ‘Britpop godfather’ Luke Haines.

However, in more ways than one , the invitation is not what it seems. Rather than capturing the essence of his new subject, as the writer imagines, he will himself end up as a ‘spider underneath the glass’.

This genre-bending leap of the imagination takes us on a thrilling and sometimes disorientating journey into the unique world of a great song writer, and ultimately into the very lair of his dark muse.

Luke Haines, with his band the Auteurs and their album New Wave, launched ‘Britpop’ in 1993 and paved the way for Blur, Oasis and Pulp. An acerbic commentator on both the pop business and the state of England, his work also includes an album about the Baader Meinhof gang, the soundtrack to the film Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry and a ‘Situationist musical’. In 2000 he appeared on Top of the Pops, performing his hit single ‘The Facts of Life’, while the next year he organised Britain’s first ever ‘pop strike’. Luke Haines’ own book, Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in its Downfall was published by Heinemann in January 2009.

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