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A Life of Blind Willie McTell


Blind Willie McTell was a towering figure in a coterie of African-American guitarists who sang the Blues on Atlanta’s streets in the 1920s and 30s. His recording career was spasmodic and failed to achieve notable sales.  Largely forgotten until the 1960s, McTell’s contribution has only recently been recognised beyond the Blues genre. In this compelling biography, crime writer Malcolm Noble sets out the case for McTell’s place in the international consideration of English Literature.

For more than twenty years, Malcolm Noble, whose crime novels have been praised as ‘parochial policing at its best,’ ran a bookshop in Market Harborough where he now enjoys retirement. He hosts a weekly Blues hour on his local fm radio station.  

“Truly a labour of love. Congratulations on another fine publication.

“I have read all his novels! Did enjoy doing this one, though it’s not made me a Blind Willie fan.” 

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PUBLISHED 23 September 2020

£20 ISBN 978 1 999 8092 4 9

308pp. 234mm x 156mm Portrait

BIC subject category:  BGF