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Educating Peter

Peter's mum and dad are worried. Over the last twelve months, they've noticed ferocious changes taking place in their son. It's not just the mumbling and the cloud of melancholy that seems to hover permanently over his ever-more-militant mop of curly hair. It's not even the oversized trousers or the numerous metal chains that hang off them. The problem is that Peter, who is fourteen and Tom Cox's wife's cousin, wants to be a musician - a rock star preferably, but anything else that involves a guitar, gets him bags of money and free CDs and gives him access to unlimited scantily clad groupies will suffice (as long as it's not classical). Uncoincidentally, ever since the advent of this new ambition, Peter's grades at school have plummeted from very good to somewhere below mediocre. What is to be done? n the spirit of intellectual endeavour, Peter and his music-critic uncle, Tom Cox, set off on a journey to find Britain and Ireland's musical heritage, to get the inside track on whether being a musician really is a sensible thing for a teenager to want to do. They travel to the Outer Hebrides to meet Vashti Bunyan, the cult folk singer who travelled from London to her home on a horse
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Tom Cox's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Jack magazine, The Times and the Guardian, for which paper he was Pop Critic between 1999 and 2000. He is the author of two books- Nice Jumper, which was shortlisted for the 2002 National Sporting Club Best Newcomer Award, and Educating Peter. He was born in 1975 and lives with his wife in Norfolk.


"'The best (and funniest) book about that land of lost discontent between 12 and 20 that you'll read this century'" -- Julie Burchill Guardian "'A music memoir with heart'" The Mirror

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