Richard Williams grew up on Mersea Island in Essex and went on to study Creative Writing at University of Roehampton. He has a passion for live music and record collecting, and is a long-suffering follower of Colchester United Football Club.
Richard says: "Having played guitar in a semi-successful indie band in the early 00’s, the toilet-venue circuit, as it’s affectionately known, is a world that I know all too well and one I thought was under-explored in fiction. With 'Fragments of Youth' I wanted to really try and capture the ups and downs of being in a band and the cut-throat nature of the music industry, as well as the normal trials and tribulations of being a teenager and trying to find your way in life."
"I hope that the book resonates with music-lovers especially - those familiar with cider-stained dancefloors and sweaty mosh pits - but at the heart of it is also a universal love story and the tale of a young couples' resolve in the face of adversity."
It’s the mid 90s; sleepy British suburbia. Will Green is a teenage songwriter who wants nothing more than to be on Top of the Pops and gracing the cover of the NME with his band SharpShooter. Still reeling from his father's death, being on stage provides him with vital escapism from the day-to-day reality of dealing with his heavy-drinking mother and caring for his little sister Izzy.
When it comes to relationships, Will is living in the shadow of best friend and tempestuous lead singer Jake. That’s until he meets Amy, a girl with headstrong aspirations of her own, who seemingly sees him for who he really is.
As SharpShooter embark on a riotous tour of the UK, Will must navigate tragedy and temptation to keep both his band together and first love alive.
Richard Williams grew up on Mersea Island in Essex and currently lives in South West London. Having graduated from University of Roehampton with a degree in Creative Writing, this is his first full-length work. His hobbies include playing guitar and following Colchester United Football Club.