The Twenty Seven Club by Lucy Nichol

I’m sharing my review today as part of the blog tour organised by Anne of Random Things Tours. Thank you to Lark and Lucy Nichol for a digital proof copy via NetGalley to read and review.


It’s 1994. The music industry is mourning Kurt Cobain, Right Said Fred have re-emerged as an ‘ironic’ pop act and John Major is the country’s prime minister. Nothing is as it should be.  

Emma, a working-class rock music fan from Hull, with a penchant for a flaming Drambuie and a line of coke with her best mate Dave down The Angel, is troubled. 

Trev, her beloved whippet, has doggy IBS, and her job ordering bathroom supplies at the local caravan company is far from challenging. So when her dad, Tel, informs her that Kurt Cobain has killed himself aged 27, Emma is consumed with anxiety. 

Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix…why have so many rock musicians died aged 27?  And will Emma be next to join The Twenty Seven Club?The Twenty Seven Club is a nostalgic, often humorous, drug and booze-infused tale of friendship, discovery and anxiety as Emma tries, for once, to focus on life, rather than death

My thoughts:

I enjoyed my trip back in time to the nineties in the north of England. I was younger than Emma is in the story, but enjoyed the reminders of Diamond White alcopops, Findus crispy pancakes and referring to non students as ‘townies’.

Emma is struggling with the thought of dying at the age of 27 and worries that her lifestyle isn’t helping her, she is living on ready meals, alcohol and cigarettes. This book is the story about how her life changes as she faces up to her past and helps her best friend Dave through a health scare. There is a mix of humour and heartbreak, all wrapped up with rock music references and reminders of the nineties. Loved the dog and cystitis stories – if you read the book, you will know.

It did take me some time to warm to Emma , but I did enjoy reading this book. The book tackles some difficult topics well and as we get to know Emma better, we begin to understand why she is feeling so anxious about turning 27.

Author Bio:

Lucy is a mental health campaigner and PR consultant, and a former columnist with Sarah Millican’s Standard Issue magazine.  She has written for The IndependentThe I PaperNME, Red Magazine, Den of Geek, Men’s Fitness, Metro and Huff Post.  Her first book, A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes, a non-fiction mental health memoir, was published by Trigger in 2018. Lucy has worked with the media in PR and marketing for almost 20 years and has experienced Generalised Anxiety Disorder for even longer.  

The Twenty Seven Club is immediately available in paperback from Amazon and an official launch will take place on 3rd March 2021 when the e-book will be made available along with the book’s playlist. You can also sign up to Lucy’s author newsletter

”Warm, joyous and thought-provoking. Music lovers will adore it!” Stephie Chapman, author of Swipe Right

“An honest and raw depiction of someone battling anxiety and deep-rooted fear. It also screams delicious 90s porn with a real working-class heroes vibe.” Claire Eastham, author of F**K I think I’m dying.

“Dazzlingly funny, dark and insightful. A brilliantly nostalgic blast from an era where shoe choice was everything, ‘townies’ were a thing, and the bands you followed told the world who you were about to become. Lucy Nichol is a stunning new voice in fiction.”

Guy Mankowski, author of Dead Rock Stars

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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