I recently finished this book, and (eventually) thought it was ace. I love Belle & Sebastian, but can see how their tweeness rankles with some people (although not so much these days, it must be said. I prefer B&S version 2.0 to their early stuff).
This is a collection of online diary entries written by Stuart Murdoch in the years before, during and after the release of their albums Dear Catastrophe Waitress and The Life Pursuit, and also documents the seeds of his God Help the Girl project. It took about a hundred pages to really get going, and is pretty disjointed by its very nature of journal entries, but I found it totally absorbing after that. There’s nothing hugely illuminating here if you’re not a fan, but Murdoch’s writing – especially when he’s writing about his home city of Glasgow – is brilliantly descriptive, although a little bogged down in clever-cleverness in parts.
I’ll be keeping it in my bag when I go to Primavera Sound next month, because I just KNOW I’m going to bump into him and get him to sign it. “I’ve read your book” = fan brownie points. He’ll then dedicate a song to me from the stage and give me a free t-shirt and possibly a medal. Good times!