British Blues has inspired writers, mostly, of course, those documenting the history of British Blues and numerous British Blues acts. However, we’ll start with Fiction.


The latest British Blues fiction publication we’ve come across is A Thousand Dances – A Novel of the British Blues Boom, by Sara Holliday. A copy is on its way to the exhibition collection, and we’ll be sharing some thoughts on it. British Blues Exhibition supporter John Mayall has already said that it is “A very well-researched novel that also captures so much of the London club scene in the sixties and the music that emerged from it.” Jim McCarty, drummer and founding member of the Yardbirds says that it “Certainly captures the flavour of that time! Took me back.” See


We enjoy the very light-hearted Blues Detective series by Andrew Peters, which are well worth reading – see Andrew’s Amazon page here and a review of one book here.

A real page-turner of a British Blues novel is Fat Man Blues, by Richard Wall. The novel is a fantasy/science fiction affair concerning a British Blues obsessive and his unique experiences with the roots of the Blues, and some of those roots are tough, addictive, and, well, alarming. Website and Amazon page here. Our blogged review is here.



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