Dance Prone, by David Coventry (VUP 2020)

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Dance Prone is ostensibly about a punk band touring the US in 1985, in a haze of drugs, violence and sex; and a narrative present in 2019, as Conrad, the lead singer, attempts to piece together the traumatic events of the past. It's a hugely colourful, passionate, energetic novel, bristling with anger and intrigue, a full on experience like little I've read. It's an astounding achievement which many people will hate for its profanity and eccentricity. I loved the evocation of playing live music, the violence of the punk crowds, the road, and the confusion of memory and reality.