This Is Memorial Device by David Keenan / ISBN 9780571330850 / 298-page paperback from Faber & Faber
‘One of the most acute, affecting and aphoristic novels of recent years.’ Guardian
Ross Raymond and Johnny McLaughlin are two fanboys dedicated to the Airdrie post-punk scene of the early ’80s – the glory years – when anything and everything seemed possible. Looking back on that time – the people, the bands, the underground legends – they piece together a story which has at its core Memorial Device, the greatest band you’ve never heard of. Featuring a cast of misfits, artists, drop-outs, small-town visionaries and musicians, This Is Memorial Device is a dark, witty novel depicting a moment where art and the demands it makes are as serious as life itself.
A Telegraph and Rough Trade Book Of The Year / Shortlisted For The Gordon Burn Prize / LRB Book Of The Week