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Fingers Crossed


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The extraordinary and searingly honest personal story of musician Miki Berenyi, revealing the highs and lows of navigating the madness of the '90s music industry.

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Miki Eleonora Berenyi is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist best known as a member of the alternative-rock band Lush. She is currently a member of Piroshka, who released their second album in July 2021.


'So relatable, so poignant, so emotionally intense, it's an irresistible rush of a book.'
*Rolling Stone*

'A great memoir requires an extraordinary life story and the ability to write it. Miki has been blessed with both. Compelling. Funny. Vivid. 4/5'

'This is quite the revelation ... infinitely superior to the average rock autobiography ... the most candid, full-disclosure demystification of the indie scene you'll ever read. This is special, a superbly written book about a vanished world and so much more. 5/5'
*Record Collector*

'A beautifully written memoir.'

'A remarkable, revelatory memoir.'
*Will Hodgkinson, The Times*

'Fiercely honest and emotionally acute ... Fingers Crossed breaks the mould of music memoir ... Berenyi's writing is characterised by arch humour and a delight in the absurd.'
*Fiona Sturgess, The Guardian*

'Fingers Crossed provides a salutary corrective to a much mythologised musical era; it's often extremely funny. But it's also a nuanced portrait of personal survival.'
*Kitty Empire, The Observer*

'Intelligent and searingly candid.'

'Miki writes beautifully with soul and humour. A brilliant, engaging read. 8/10'
*Classic Rock*

'I felt like I was on the rollercoaster with Miki, from making mixtapes with her school friends to the wild dream of making it as a pop star. It's a gripping and delightful read even as, without an ounce of self-pity the bright energy of Miki's star is always tailed by darkness - the neglect and worse of an abusive childhood and the misogyny and exploitation that hangs like a pall over the Britpop years. A thrilling, moving and essential book for anyone who grew up in love with pop music.'
*Samira Ahmed*

'Extremely colourful and dramatic.'
*Mark Ellen*

'Brave and forthright. It instils in you the thing most necessary from a musician's memoir: the urgent need to play the records again.'
*John Niven*

'This is extraordinarily good. A memoir that reads like a novel, full of vivid characters, wild highs and lows and brutal honesty. And it's the single best thing I've read on the sexism and toxicity at the heart of Britpop.'
*Matt Osman, Suede*

'A tumultuous childhood and chaotic coming of age propel Miki in to the famously stable world of rock and roll. Beautifully and movingly written, this is a hugely entertaining read.'
*Shaun Keaveny*

'Miki tells it like it was, warts and all. Most of it's warts actually.'
*Steve Rippon, Lush*

'A powerful, emotional journey intensely well told. All other autobiographies should be judged against it.'
*Louder than War*

'Honest and brilliantly written.'
*We Are Cult*

'Few autobiographies depict the highs and lows with quite the merciless clarity as Fingers Crossed.'
*The Monocle*

'A great life story combined with excellent recall and refreshingly honest writing is a bonus when it comes to any memoir, but the superb Fingers Crossed achieves brownie points by delivering details with real dexterity.'
*Irish Times*

'A really incredible book.'
*Skin, Skunk Anansie*

*The Sun*

'By far the best music memoir of 2022. An utterly riveting peek into an extraordinary early life.'

'You will laugh, you will cry, you might never, ever form a band.'
*Virgin Radio*

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