The Lost Chord

Tony Bailie

About the book…

The Lost Chord is the story of a peculiarly Irish rock legend as seen through the eyes of Manus Brennan, Duil's rhythm guitarist and former Belfast busker.

Picked up by the luckiest of flukes to join Gino and his not-so-merry men, Manus lives to the full the rock and roll lifestyle. As he happily admits in his recounting of the Gino legend, Manus leaves no cliche unturned: the boredom of touring, the drugs, the groupies, the joy and freedom of playing before thousands, the unexpected liberations of songwriting, the waste of money and the excesses of ego.

And yet at the centre of it all is Gino. One of the lads and yet always unknowable, whose sudden disappearance turns everyone's world upside down.

Written with the verve and brio of Gino's press interviews, Tony Bailie's debut novel is a sardonic and entertaining romp through rock mythology.

Photo of the author, Tony Bailie

About the author…

Tony Bailie is a novelist, poet, and journalist. He has had two novels published by Lagan Press – ecopunks (2010) and The Lost Chord (2006).

His third novel A Verse to Murder is available as an ebook.

His short story The Druid’s Dance appeared in the award-winning Irish crime-fiction anthology Requiems for the Departed, published in June 2010 by Morrigan Books.

He has also written two collections of poems, Coill, (2005) and Tranquillity of Stone (2010) both published by Lapwing Publication.

He had three haiku included in Bamboo Dreams (2012), an anthology of Irish Haiku, alongside Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh and others.

Individual poems and short stories have been published in various journals and magazines including Verbal, Boyne Berries, Books Ireland, Crannog, and Revival.

Bailie works as a journalist with the Belfast-based daily The Irish News and has also written for The Guardian and The Irish Independent. He reviews for New York Journal of Books.

He plays guitar and occasionally sings with the band Samson Stone.

As a journalist Bailie has covered bombings, riots, politics and business stories in the North. He has also reported from the Middle East, Africa and South America and as a travel writer has written about journeys through the Balkans, treks in the Himalayas, seeking out obscure albums in West Africa and visiting a witches market in the Andes.

He lives in Co Down.

Many of his travel articles, reportage and information about his fiction and poetry can be found on his website