Title: When The Music Stops

Author: Joe Heap

Published: October 2020

Genres: Fiction, Music




This is the story of Ella. And Robert.And of all the things they should have said, but never did. Through seven key moments and seven key people their journey intertwines.From the streets of Glasgow during WW2 to the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll of London in the 60s and beyond, this is a story of love and near misses. Of those who come in to our lives and leave it too soon. And of those who stay with you forever…


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If there’s one thing you need to know about how much I liked this book, it’s that I naively started it an hour before the AFL grand final aired and STILL WILLINGLY DID NOT PUT IT DOWN UNTIL I FINSIHED IT (if you know, you know). This book left my head spinning, my eyes red and my heart aching. It was a fiercely told story that flirted with the concepts of fate and destiny in a way that gave me an appreciation for the significance in the small moments we are so often oblivious to. The way Heap cleverly flickered between the past and present narratives was superb, slowly building what became a profoundly moving stroke of genius. The role that music plays is deeply-rooted and undeniable. There is a passage that metaphorically paints life as a record player, one that continues to spin even after the music has stopped. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I dare you to read this and not get lost thinking about it either.



What an adorable novel by @joe_heap_! I actually found it hard to rate, because it is so original and clever in it’s own right.  The story revolves around Ella Campbell, who finds herself alone on a boat during a storm, with her baby grandson her only solace and beacon of light. Through this manic begins a flow of memories that make up the story of her life, it’s tribulations and turmoils, and a love lost many times through the years, with the power of music binding it together in the most amazing way. The character of Ella carries her regrets, grief and guilt, with the writing style so vivid that you can't help but vicariously feel it too. Through the timelines and chapters, I found myself contemplating just how much those decisions that seem so minuscule at the time, shape our lives in ways we will never know.  A pleasant and thoughtful read, this book wasn't much, but it was just enough.



Click here to see some exclusive bonus questions we had the pleasure of asking Joe about his new book 'When The Music Stops'. 


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