Becoming Nancy was published by Transworld in 2012. Described by Suzy Feay in The Independent as "a deliciously camp rites of passage novel", the book was shortlisted for The Polari First Book Prize. In 2013, Tony Award winning Broadway director and producer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) announced that he had secured the rights to turn Becoming Nancy into a major new musical. With music and lyrics by acclaimed writers, Stiles and Drew, (Half A Sixpence, Betty Blue Eyes) and book by Elliot Davis, workshops for the show began in 2015 and continued into the summer of 2016.
"I laughed out loud! Terry's humour translates perfectly to the page and his book is a joy!' KYLIE MINOGUE.
"A touching coming of age novel" Paul Burston, Time Out.
"It will make you laugh and cry!" Heat Magazine.
"Full of hilarious tales- a great summer read!" Sunday Mirror.
SYNOPSIS: "For David Starr, being cast as Nancy in the upcoming school production of Oliver! is quite a shock. But David is up to the challenge. Living in a three-bedroom semi in 1970s' working-class East Dulwich, surrounded by his somewhat colourful relatives, he is bright, smart-mouthed, fanatical about pop music and ready to shine. Rehearsals begin, and he strikes up a friendship with the handsome yet enigmatic Maxie Boswell, captain of the school football team. As their alliance deepens it appears they might become more than just good friends, but that can't be right, can it?
Discovering a confidant in empathetic teacher, Hamish McClarnon, and spurred on by his no-nonsense best friend, Frances Bassey, David takes on the school bully, the National Front, and anyone else who threatens to stand in the way of true love.
Vibrant, warm, and full of life, this uproarious and touching coming-of-age novel, set against the backdrop of South-East London in the thrill of the late seventies, will transport you straight back to your first music obsession and the highs and lows of your first love.