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In the Shadow of Marc Bolan is a sensitively written tale about a man obsessed with the spirit of Marc Bolan. The book's protagonist is Marc Abela, who was born the same day Bolan died when a car driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones crashed through a fence and hit a tree in Barnes, south-west London, in the early hours of 16 September 1977.

Marc Abela has always lived his life in the shadow of the late glam rock icon. Indeed, he had spent his first few years on this earth growing up against the backdrop of Bolan’s music. Marc's mother, a devoted Bolan/T.Rex fan tragically died by her own hand when he was only five.

The story is a powerful and plausible paranormal/psychological drama, predominately set in a Surrey psychiatric unit in the modern day. Now forty-six years old, Marc finds himself institutionalised and refusing to speak after being sectioned under the 1983 Mental Health Act.

As they seek a diagnosis, specialists believe there could be a link between Marc’s current predicament and what had happened in his past. Could the spiritual influence of Marc Bolan be the real reason for what they believe is a ‘self-inflicted’ condition? Psychologist Hercules Brown and his colleagues pull out all the stops to find the answer.

The book is available in Paperback and on Kindle BUY NOW 

Following the publication of Mal Foster's historical fiction novel Jude & Bliss, the iconic singer and actress Toyah Willcox (right) very kindly recorded this video message. Click on image to play.

Alive & Creaking is Mal’s lively blog, where you can receive regular updates about his writing and associated events, articles, anecdotes, and much more...


Songs Without Music is a definitive collection of Mal’s poetry. The poems written over a span of nearly fifty years can be viewed HERE

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