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Cain proves so able

The gift of a record sets a young boy on the road to glamour, love, laughter and tears

The heartfelt and enrapturing new semi-autobiographical novel by Attitude’s former editor in chief Matt Cain is the fastest-ever crowd-funded novel in Unbound’s history — after mainstream publishers rejected it for being “too gay.” Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton on his ninth birthday when his Auntie Jan gives him a gift that would last a lifetime: a 7in single of the early Madonna hit Lucky Star. His instant obsession with the queen of pop sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school, fitting in at Cambridge University, a glamorous career in London, finding boyfriends, getting rid of boyfriends, and family heartbreak. Charlie’s story is Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing, with a conical bra thrown in. This book made us laugh and cry, and entertains from start to finish. A perfect summer read, published to coincide with Madonna’s 60th birthday (see p60). Out now

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On the cover: Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper and model Zander Hodgson Plus: meet the winners of the Attitude Pride Awards 2018, celebrate Madonna's 60th birthday with her most iconic moments, and Team GB's first karate world champion Jordan Thomas