An ABBA-themed novel by a major ABBA fan

Published May 11, 2013

About a year ago I blogged about a novel that featured a fun and unexpected ABBA reference, but this time the focus is on a brand new novel that is virtually littered with ABBA references. The title of the book is Knowing Me, Knowing You, for starters. And when, as early as page 2, there are references not only to well-known mega-hits such as 'Money, Money, Money' and 'Super Trouper', but also to semi-flop 'Head Over Heels' and the publication known as ABBA Magazine, you know that the book has been written by a serious fan.

And that is indeed what Irish author Brian Finnegan admits to being. In an email he tells me that he's been "a huge Abba fan since the age of 12" and that he's "finally found a way to combine my two loves - writing and Abba". The book's main character is Maggie Corcoran who, as the press release phrases it, "is facing her own private Waterloo." Diagnosed with breast cancer, she learns that ABBA have announced a reunion concert in Stockholm, and decides to reunite friends from her youth who once shared a passion for ABBA. "But," the press release continues, "she doesn’t count on how much has changed for each of them, or realise how many secrets each of them are keeping hidden from one another."

Intrigued? To order the book, simply use the convenient ordering links to the right. To learn more about the book, click here for the press release. Author Brian Finnegan's website is here.

Phil Spector book author and Ring Ring

Published May 09, 2013

It's the 40th anniversary of 'Ring Ring', which I highlighted in this blog a while ago. Now, this blog post by journalist Richard Williams (the author of the Phil Spector bio that played such a crucial part in the making of 'Ring Ring'), where he reveals that he's well aware of his being mentioned in my book Bright Lights Dark Shadows - The Real Story Of ABBA, thrilled me to bits.

Thanks to Paul Scutti.