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My new book, A Grand Madness U2 Twenty Years After, published  20th October 2019 is now available for pre-order here



I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Book Pleasures regarding both my writing career and the new U2 book. If you have time, have a look!

Interview with Book Pleasures

Brian Boyd, music and entertainment contributor to The Irish  Times and author of U2 Experience had these fine to say about the new U2 book:

“Some twenty years ago, Dianne Beeaff sat down to write a spectacularly detailed and thrillingly absorbing account of music fandom.

It asked a hard question: What possesses a woman of otherwise sound mind to spend ten years of her life following a rock band around the world and detailing everything that happens to her in such lyrically forensic detail?

In A Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road with U2, Beeaff went toe-to-toe with Bono,The Edge, Adam and Larry on their Joshua Tree, Zoo TV and Popmart tours.

The result was a diary/memoir/travelogue that went well beyond the music. Her powers of analysis and insight into not just U2, but into music and fandom became sharpened with each new journey taken.

Now in A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Year After, she is once more unto the breach beginning with the Elevation tour and again going one step beyond in her attempt to locate herself and the reader in the faraway but so close world of U2’s music.

From airport terminals to street corners, you can almost taste and touch everything here as Beeaff shadows the band, providing us a rich, nuanced commentary that has the knowledge of an Insider but the perspective of an Outsider.

Even if you know noting about the band and think U2 is the name of the spy plane piloted by Gary Powers, this new book will read as a magical mystery tour into the meaning of music and those in thrall to it.

As Beeaff documents her own world tour, she accesses all areas of U2’s life. This is information here I doubt even the members of the band know themselves.

As I turned these pages, I heard Bono singing words that best sum up the author’s tenacity and sense of purpose:

“When I get to the bottom

I go back to the top of the slide

Where I stop and I turn

And I go for a ride

Till I get to the bottom

And I see you again . . .”


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Details about my published books: a collection of poetry, Homecoming, illustrated with eleven of my graphite drawings; the best-selling memoir, A Grand Madness, Ten Years on the Road with U2; my award-winning historical fiction novel Power’s Garden; and, most recently, the non-fiction book Spirit Stones, Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe’s Prehistoric Monuments.


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A gallery of my graphite drawings.

** All items are available as note-cards. Please contact me for details. **

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I do small-scale graphite commissions. 

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I will occasionally post work-related details of book-signings and other professional events, though the blog is primarily dedicated to exceptional creative writing that crosses my path, both prose and poetry. There is so much extraordinary writing out there, much of which never gets the attention it deserves. 

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