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Shaun Hand

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You know that feeling you get when you’re stood freezing on the Welsh moors, wrapped in a cloak you got cheap off eBay, your singer miming backwards in a bathtub as you make a video for your band’s song that’s been used in an American teen drama and become the unofficial theme tune to a podcast about Sasquatch?

Shaun Hand, an author and musician from Birmingham, knows all about it.

Things weren’t always that strange for our intrepid late-starter. After drifting into various dead-ends, Shaun began studying English at night school aged 22 – to get a night off from the pub he was working at six days a week as much as anything else.

After going to university in Wolverhampton and graduating with a First in Creative Writing, he promptly continued to work in local pubs and bars, using his spare time to procrastinate, make music and hang around on the Welsh moors with his band FABRIK and, eventually, begin writing books. His literary career kicked off with Pop Art Poems: The Music of The Jam, widely regarded as one of the best books ever written about the group.

Now a full-time freelance writer, he currently lives in Wolverhampton with his wife, daughter, cat, and record collection.