Charles Miller

Not Verbally Comfortable

Prince: A Pop Life

By Dave Hill

Faber & Faber 209pp £6.95 order from our bookshop

My strongest memory of a short visit to Minneapolis is of a supermarket which sells antique furniture and live lobsters. I have never been anywhere which seemed to take its affluence so much for granted. Almost the only other thing I know about the place is that it is the home of Prince (the celebrated performer of popular songs, m’lud). As a youth – poor, black, and very rude – his presence behind a trolley at the lobster counter can hardly be imagined. So it was with a thirst for understanding that I began reading Prince: A Pop Life.

Royal Shakespeare Company


Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • To celebrate Paul Beatty winning the Booker, here's our review of The Sellout, to read for free: ,
    • Thomas Hardy's phrenologist tells him he will 'lead to no good' in a new book about his life in London ,
    • John Knox said that crowning a woman was akin to putting ‘a saddle upon the back of an unruly cow’. Tell that to Catherine de'Medici...,
    • RT : I 💕💕 the Pulpit article in September's about rereading books at different times of life.,
    • Interesting thread by Aki there on inclusivity in publishing. (Read her tweets for full thread.),
    • RT : A conference about inclusivity in publishing is a fantastic idea, but doesn't £200 seem a short-sighted undermining of, well, inclusivity?,