Hello Lovelies! Thanks for joining me today! I'm super excited to welcome the sparkly loveliness that is Miranda Dickinson to my blog today as we celebrate her fantastic new book "Searching For A Silver Lining". So, without further adieu, let's hand over to Miranda.
Meet The Cast - #4: The Silver Five
I always wanted to write about a road trip and when I created The Silver Five I realised their story would be perfect to tell using a journey. With lead singer (and now inimitable pensioner) Reenie Silver, the rest of the band lived out their dreams of stardom in the early part of the 1950s. Drawn to London from all over the UK, The Silver Five were put together in a group by enigmatic impresario and manager Rico, who promised them their dreams. I adored creating The Silver Five, not just as they are now but as the starry-eyed young hopefuls they were in the 1950s.
Reenie assumed lead singing duties, joined by talented nightclub singer June Knight, joker Tommy Mullins, handsome Johnny ‘Chuck’ Powell and fresh-faced teenager Alys Davis. As five people they couldn’t be more different and their time together as a band was characterised by personality clashes, rivalries, disappointments but also great hopes and fun. Then, in 1956, on the night of their biggest gig at The Palm Grove, the band split up – causing a sixty-year rift and the end of their collective dream. Searching for a Silver Lining tells the story of Mattie Bell and Reenie Silver’s attempts to put that wrong right, by trying to reunite the band to play the concert that never happened…
If Searching for a Silver Lining is made into a film (dear Richard Curtis, you know you want to do this!) my dream casting of The Silver Five would be a who’s-who of famous British stars: Julie Walters as Reenie Silver, Dame Maggie Smith as proud and defiant June Knight, Derek Jacobi as loveable Geordie Tommy Mullins, Bill Nighy as handsome and funny Somerset singer Johnny ‘Chuck’ Powell and Phyllida Law as wonderfully eccentric (and a later-life national treasure) Alys Davis.
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Thanks for stopping by Miranda! I love all these insights.