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It’s taken me nigh on 3 months to get round to reading the Nick Coleman memoir ‘The Train In the Night: A Memoir of Music and Loss’ (Jonathan Cape).

(Yes, I know – what on earth has been so important that it’s taken this long).

But it’s been well worth the wait.

Coleman is a journalist and writer, who’s made his living from listening to and reviewing music.

So the sudden and unexpected arrival of Tinnitis put his living in jeopardy and has changed his relationship with music forever.

The quality of the writing is jaw-dropping, and set me in mind of a couple of other music memoirs that I enjoyed and still re-read when I’m feeling strong but also in need of inspiration.

‘Falling & Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins’ (Ebury Press) was written by Edwyn’s wife Grace Maxwell (with lots of astonishing asides from Collins) about the strokes that befell the former Orange Juice frontman and their fallout.

‘Patient: The True Story Of A Rare Illness’ (Penguin) by Ben Watt, one half of Everything But The Girl, tells how he contracted a rare intestinal illness and the impact it had on him and partner Tracey Thorn.

As both Collins and Watt are still alive and well and musically active, you can read their books in the knowledge that they have a happy ending.

But the trauma faced by both men and their loved ones, and how their stories are told with heartbreaking honesty and courage is why I count them amongst my favourite books.

Nick Coleman’s memoir is already odds on to join that exalted company.

Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You

EBTG – I Don’t Want To Talk About It

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