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During the day Norman Muggeridge runs a struggling and second-rate music shop with his sidekick and best friend, Brian. Having turned his Neil Diamond tribute show from a dream into a career, at night he transforms himself into Nearly Diamond and woos clubland audiences from Bolton to Grimsby (in between the bingo and the tombola, of course).

The nice – but deluded – Norman hails from the cobbled streets of Lancashire. He was raised on pies and peas, and works the northern working men’s club circuit … a vastly different culture to that of New York City, whose skyline his hero Neil Diamond was born under.

When he begins to blame his woes on a telepathic connection with Neil Diamond he soon has more to worry about than squeezing into his tight leather trousers. Then a fateful journey beckons…

There is never a dull moment, from the fisticuffs with a rival Neil Diamond tribute performer to the Spanish holiday with Cherry, Cherry – and from the unfortunate encounter with a policewoman named Sweet Caroline – to when he meets the angelic Holly Holy at a church in Chorley.

Perhaps we are guided by a higher force, or perhaps we make our own way in life.

Norman is about to find out the answer.

Out now. Available from most bookstores in paperback and digital formats. Visit our web shop for a signed copy direct from the author here.