Browse by Charity

Browse by Genre

9780091882105

ISBN: 9780091882105

Paperback

Retail Price £7.99
You Save £4.24 (53%)
Our Price £3.75

Sell this Book
Add to Wish List

One Hit Wonderland

by Tony Hawks

Category: Travel & Holiday / Travel Writing
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication date: 3 May 2003
Number of pages: 336

Description:
It's 1988 and radios across the land blast out the Top Ten hit 'Stutter Rap' by Morris Minor and the Majors. The man behind the fake moustache is Tony Hawks. Fast forward to the 21st century and those heady days of pop stardom are a distant memory. That is, until it is suggested that Tony is just another One Hit Wonder. Really? We'll have to see about that ...For two years Tony struggles to have a hit somewhere, anywhere, in the world, changing acts and styles with a bewildering lack of integrity. From Nashville to Amsterdam, from Eastern Europe to Africa, he travels the globe in search of that elusive hit. But it's only after a chance encounter with Norman Wisdom that things get really strange. Is it really possible that together they could storm the Albanian charts? In One Hit Wonderland anything can happen ...

Review:
In 1988 comedian and musician Tony Hawks had a Top Five hit (in the guise of Morris Minor and the Majors) with the novelty song Stutter Rap. Since then he has found fame (of sorts) as a panellist on TV and radio (Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and so on). But the heady days of pop success, the appearances - well, okay then, appearance - on Top Of The Pops are now but a distant memory. When someone has the temerity to suggest that Tony is (shock horror) a mere One Hit Wonder, he takes the remark to heart and sets off in search of that all important Second Hit that has so far eluded him. Here Tony chronicles his quest, as he battles to have a hit somewhere - anywhere - in the world. He changes acts and styles with a shameless lack of integrity. He travels to Nashville to 'go country'; to Amsterdam, pop capital of Europe (dressed as a pixie); to Romania, where he teams up with a beauty queen; to Africa, hoping some of the natives' good melodic sense will rub off on him. But it is a chance encounter with Norman 'Big in Albania' Wisdom that offers the brightest glimmer of hope. Will they take the Albanian charts by storm, or is Tony Hawks condemned to a life of musical obscurity, forever a pop has-been? You can find out by reading these self-consciously surreal-but-true adventures, which are even funnier than Playing the Moldovans At Tennis, his previous literary effort - though that may not be saying much. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
"A smashing book."" --Norman Wisdom"

Author's Biography:
Tony Hawks lives in London. He leads a diverse life and has various 'jobs', such as performing stand up comedy, appearing as a panellist on TV and radio (Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), acting, writing, playing tennis, and making music.

In Stock: 7 copies

Books Found 7

Seller Condition & Comments Price inc. Delivery Add to Basket

RobertM

RobertM

Stars 4.51 Stars

Ratings 1566

Contact Member
Condition: Excellent 50p is donated to Macmillan Cancer Support from this sale

A little wear to edges of cover.
£3.75 Free delivery

HypnoticChicken

HypnoticChicken

Stars 4.86 Stars

Ratings 98

Contact Member
Condition: Excellent

Different cover to that shown
£3.75 Free delivery

helenr

helenr

Stars 4.86 Stars

Ratings 93

Contact Member
Condition: Excellent

The picture on the front cover of the book is different to the one advertised.
£3.75 Free delivery

SandH

SandH

Stars 4.63 Stars

Ratings 48

Contact Member
Condition: Good

Read copy so some bending to the spine. Different cover to that shonw (same publication date). All books sent from the UK and from a smoke and pet free home.
£3.25 50p off

Gail Wylde

Gail Wylde

Stars 4.89 Stars

Ratings 46

Contact Member
Condition: Excellent

Different cover
£3.75 Free delivery

stuboy1958

stuboy1958

Stars 5 Stars

Ratings 7

Contact Member
Condition: Acceptable
£3.75 Free delivery

erussell42

erussell42

Stars 5 Stars

Ratings 16

Contact Member
Condition: Good
£3.75 Free delivery

Books Found 7

Back