Touching from a Distance by Deborah Curtis

Reading a biography of Ian Curtis may seem a strange choice considering I was never a fan of Joy Division, it was a couple of years before I fully appreciated the Manchester music scene and since then I have been a fan of ‘The Stone Roses’.

I read ‘Touching from a distance’ to find out more about Ian Curtis, an icon for different reasons, mainly his untimely death by suicide at the age of 23, for me the main tragedy was not only the loss of someone so young but the people he left behind.

‘Touching from a distance’ is written by Deborah Curtis, Ian Curtis’s wife and she gives a full and honest account of the man she loved and the man that he was, she tells it like it was, his possessiveness, his goals in life, how focused he was (at times focusing on the wrong things), his love of music, his creativeness and how much she loved him and how deeply affected she was by his death.

A powerful and honest read, a must read for any Joy Division fans out there.

Reviewed by ~ Paula  Mc (Weave)

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