Monday 25 September 2017

Imagine writing one hit song and living off the lucrative royalties for the rest of your life. It's not as far-fetched as it might seem. Rock critic John Meagher reports

Will, the protagonist in Nick Hornby's About A Boy, does not have a job, but he is able to live comfortably. His late father wrote a Christmas song many years before, and Will lives off the royalties.

Will, the protagonist in Nick Hornby's About A Boy, does not have a job, but he is able to live comfortably. His late father wrote a Christmas song many years before, and Will lives off the royalties.

It sounds like pure fiction, a plot device that's too good to be true, but it's rooted in fact. The most unlikely of songwriters have been able to enjoy an attractive living long after the song was first written.

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