#BlogTour Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane.

About the Author

Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers.  She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories.  This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021. Sign up to Lizzie’s newsletter

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About the book

Nothing will stop the The Tobacco Girls, not even war… Bristol 1940. The Tobacco Girls cling together as they realise that the clouds of war are turning dark, the world is becoming more dangerous and their lives more unpredictable. Bridget Milligan’s big, happy family fragments when her siblings are evacuated to North Devon, then a letter from America further fills her with dismay.

Maisie Miles safe haven from both Eddie Bridgeman and her father is jeopardised and she is forced to move on, but where too this time? Phyllis Mason is struck down by tragedy and her life spirals downwards into despair until a new horizons beckons, but also perhaps great danger…

Regardless of the rationing, shortages and an ever-worsening situation, The Tobacco Girls all pull together and hope for better days to come.

Review

With the darkness of World War 2 looming over the girls they each have their own problems to deal with. Maisie sees her past and danger lurking behind each corner, whic technically isn’t paranoia if it’s true. Bridget has to watch her family be torn apart, even if it’s in the best interest of her siblings. Phyllis experiences a tragedy which will turn her life around completely.

Each of them, in their own way, finds their own trauma and difficulties hard to cope with alone, but together they become strong enough to do what’s right. More importantly they show each other the light in the hours of sadness and despair.

Maisie, Phyllis and Bridget will always be there for each other through thick, thin and in this case wartime. Even with the odd disgruntled snipes and their own problems, what they truly excel at is being there when one of them is in dire need of a friend. 

It’s a story of friendship, sisterhood and family, because that’s what they are ..family. It’s lovely historical war fiction, escapism with its roots grounded firmly in history and the reality of friendship between women.

Buy Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Boldwood Books; pub date 8 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The High-Rise Diver byJulia von Lucadou

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou, translated from the German by Sharmila Cohen. 

About the Author

Julia von Lucadou was born in Heidelberg in 1982. She studied film and theater at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and Victoria University of Wellington and earned her PhD in Film Studies in 2015. Lucadou worked as both an assistant director and a television editor prior to writing The High-Rise Diver, her debut novel, which was nominated for the Swiss Book Prize in 2018. She lives between Biel, New York, and Cologne.

Sharmila Cohen is an award-winning writer and German-to-English translator who has translated the works of several leading German-language authors. Her work has been featured in publications such as BOMB and Harpers, and her projects span from poetry and literary fiction to crime and children’s stories. Originally from New York, Cohen came to Berlin in 2011 as a Fulbright Scholar to complete an experimental translation project with local poets. She now divides her time between both cities.

About the book

‘The High Rise Diver is a chillingly beautiful dissection of perfected capitalism. Lucadou creates a horribly convincing world where every aspect of existence has been monetised. In a taut, delicate narrative an implacable and disinterested cruelty faces the human ache for tenderness, mercy, contact and affection.’  A.L. Kennedy

Riva is a “high-rise diver,” a top athlete with millions of fans, and a perfectly functioning human on all levels. Suddenly she rebels, breaking her contract and refusing to train. Cameras are everywhere in her world, but she doesn’t know her every move is being watched by Hitomi, the psychologist tasked with reining Riva back in. 

Unquestionably loyal to the system, Hitomi’s own life is at stake: should she fail to deliver, she will be banned to the “peripheries,” the filthy outskirts of society. For readers of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Circle, and Brave New World, this chilling dystopia constructs a world uncomfortably close to our own, in which performance is everything.

Review

This is going on my top reads of 2021. It is an intricately planned and well written dystopian story. A premise with shades of Orwell’s 1984, but perhaps on a much bigger scale.

To Hitomi Riva is just a job, a way to keep her status, which is closely linked to obedience and performance, and in turn to performance management. The human and humane element is non-existent. Trying to determine why the high-rise flyer refuses to fly and convincing her to jump once again becomes all consuming and directly linked to the slow decline of Hitomi’s success.

The Big Brother or Sister aspect is more than intrusive it is law, lifestyle and a mind-set. It’s voluntary because nobody questions it, unless they aren’t part of the right side of the tracks. The privileged side, who are set on paths to success, whereas the rest are treated like the poor relatives. 

But let’s talk about that privilege and success, is it worth being subjected to a life of 24/7 scrutiny in all areas of their lives or being isolated from all emotional bonds like a Harlow monkey. Creating a species that craves positive reinforcement to a degree that it makes them easy to control – it’s fascinating and in equal measures frightening.

Lucadou is the kind of writer who thrives on the possibilities of speculative creativity, especially when they are cemented in possible futuristic visions of our society. Compelling and riveting. On a side-note – excellent translation.

Buy The High-Rise Diver at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: World Editions; pub date 6 May 2021 – £12.99 paperback. Buy at Amazon comBuy via World Editions.

#BlogTour Fragile by Sarah Hilary

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour Fragile by Sarah Hilary.

About the Author

Sarah Hilary’s debut Someone Else’s Skin won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and The Observer’s Book of the Month. In the US, it was a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist. No Other Darkness, the second in the series, was shortlisted for a Barry Award. The sixth in her DI Marnie Rome series Never Be Broken is out now. Her short stories have won the Cheshire Prize for Literature, the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize, and the SENSE prize.

Fragile is her first standalone novel. Sarah is one of the Killer Women, a crime writing collective supporting diversity, innovation and inclusion in their industry. 

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About the book

A modern Gothic thriller from an award-winning and critically acclaimed author – a REBECCA for our times.

Nell Ballard is a runaway. A former foster child with a dark secret she is desperate to keep, all Nell wants is to find a place she can belong. So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. But her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for…

Review

It’s a compelling psychological thriller that revolves around the inadequacies of a care system and forgotten children that fall through the loopholes. The damaged individuals that venture into society and often leave a mark behind, and sometimes not a good one.

Throughout the story the reader wonders whether Nell is damaged and fragile or is she damaged beyond repair and capable of manipulating the fragility of others. Victim? Or a victim who is beyond redemption? Or is she just someone who really wants to be loved and needed – then again she could be all of the aforementioned.

I love it when an established author reinvents their own wheel. If this was my first excursion with Hilary I would be noting her down as one to watch, however having read and experienced her writing previously I have to say she has been curtailing herself. This not only shows a real depth, darkness and ability to create multi-layered characters – it is also taking it up a notch from a writing perspective.

I have to say kudos for the last chapter. It does two things in a way, it reveals the two-faced doll and simultaneously gives credence to the plot and character that goes before it. I hope this isn’t the last time Hilary delves into the dark side, she certainly seems comfortable there.

Buy Fragile at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Pan MacMillan; pub date 10th June 2021 –  £14.99 HB. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour And Now You’re Back by Jill Mansell

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour And Now You’re Back by Jill Mansell.

About the Author

Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including The One You Really Want and Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay.  Take a Chance on Me won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award. 

Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.

Jill started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family. 

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About the book

One magical winter’s night in Venice, Didi fell in love. But it ended – and he left without even saying goodbye. Now, thirteen years on, Shay Mason is back.

The old spark is still there, but Didi’s determined to ignore it. As manager of a stunning Cotswolds hotel, she’s happy at last, and soon to be married. Anyway, Shay isn’t staying. He’s made a promise to his father. He’s going to keep it. And then he’ll be gone.

But Shay’s return stirs up long-forgotten emotions, and the scandal that led him to leave raises its head once again. It’s time for buried secrets to come to light. And it seems that this was someone’s intention all along . . .

Review

It’s like a scene out of a Christmas romance movie. Boy and girl meet under the stars, play in the snow and fall helplessly in love. And so begins a story of disappointment and heartbreak, but also a story everyone tends to look back on with fondness.

Based on Didi’s track record there seems to be a subconscious part of her which hasn’t let go of her teenage romance – the idea of those moments of romantic perfection. The wistful feeling of nostalgia that keeps her from committing or is it the fact she has reason not to trust men, and that reason is Shay.

It’s unfortunate that Shay seems to be playing up to what people expect of him. The guy who doesn’t fit with the more privileged and wealthy crowd he was hanging out with. The man who broke her heart – the question is whether he is back to do it again?

The secondary characters kind of steal the limelight a bit, and make Didi and Shay fade into the background a little. I kind of enjoyed it, because it gave the story a fresher feel in a story with an outcome you can kind of see coming. The strong cast surrounding the main characters drive the read and keep this tale of push and pull going strong. Mansell delivers a lovely escapism read.

Buy And Now You’re Back at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏ : ‎ Headline Review pub date 21 Jan. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah J. Harris

It’s my turn on the BlogTour One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah J. Harris.

About the Author

Sarah J. Harris is an author and freelance education journalist who regularly writes for national newspapers. The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder was Sarah’s debut adult novel and a Richard & Judy book club pick. She lives in London with her husband and two children. Follow @sarahsky23 on Twitter, Visit sarahjharris.com

About the book

Two People – Simon Sparks is the man you know from behind the counter at the local Prince Burger (‘hold the gherkin!’), fry shovelling, shelf stacking, hiding away from the world. And Jodie Brook is the single mum you see crossing the street with her son Zak – always chasing a dream she can’t reach.

One Life – What if life could be so much more? When Simon and Jodie’s worlds collide, it upends everything they know. But in chaos comes opportunity. And for every person who’s ever doubted them, they find someone who’ll finally believe . . .

Review

Jodie and Simon have more in common than they think, which is probably what brings them together. A connection that is unlikely at first, because the world according to Simon can be regimented and Jodie lives in chaos, and yet they are two peas in different pods with similar stories.

‘knows exactly what it feels like to be deliberately broken into tiny fragments by someone else’

Regardless of the entirety of the story as a whole or both individual stories, the quote above is at the core of it all. Jodie has been reduced to fragments, fear sits on her shoulder as a constant companion. Simon is in a similar position, although he is the child in the equation. The guilt and the pressure grind him down and don’t allow him to be the man he was supposed to be.

I thought it was an incredibly deep read and a dark one. It’s not light-hearted, although eventually the story moves towards the key element of taking a moment to be kind to each other. To look beyond the superficial moments and what we can see, as opposed to what is deep beneath the surface.

The moral of the story is we ever know what is going on in someone’s life at any given time or how they are coping. A smile can hide a thousand sorrows. 

Buy One Ordinary Day at a Time at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎ HarperCollins pub date 10 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Volta by Nikki Dudley

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour Volta by Nikki Dudley.

About the Author

Nikki Dudley studied for her BA and MA at Roehampton University. Published work includes: the thriller, Ellipsis, (2010); her chapbook, exits/origins (2010) and poetry collection, Hope Alt Delete (2017). One of Nikki’s poems was also featured in The Blackpool Illuminations (2016). Awards: ​-Novel, Volta, winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted in the London Writers’ Competition in 2003 for poetry. Won the Promise Prize for poetry in the London Writers’ Competition 2005. Novel, Ellipsis, shortlisted for the Ideastap Inspires programme in 2014. 

Nikki is Managing Editor of streetcake magazine, which she started with Trini Decombe in 2008. streetcake publishes an online issue every 2-3 months and in 2019, launched the streetcake experimental writing prize, supported by the Arts Council England. She also runs Mumwrite.com, a writing community for mothers.

She grew up in inner city London and attended state school in Camden. Nikki has been in love with words since she wrote short stories in her scrapbook at primary school and discovered what a metaphor was. 

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About the book

Winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction 

When Briony Campbell confesses to killing her boyfriend, a straightforward crime soon turns into a baffling mystery. Haunted by demons from his past, lawyer S.J. Robin is assigned to the case. But as confusion – and the body count – rises, he’s forced to question who is guilty and who is innocent. Can he see justice served and hold on to the woman he loves? Watch the booktrailer here

Review

Briony awakens to a certain set of circumstances with only one conclusion – she killed her boyfriend. Did she? No really, did she? The automatic response is doubt, the scales sway in both directions, but is there more to the story than meets the eye?

The story is told through a trifecta of viewpoints: Briony – the alleged killer, Mari – Briony’s doctor and SJ, who is Briony’s lawyer.

Dudley gives the read a specific style. Short, pacy chapters. Switching from one viewpoint to the other and the reader gets both a barrel of emotions, facts and the occasional twists in an almost Flash Fiction like style. Often the paranoia, lack of trust and general confusion about what’s going on, plus the attraction between two of the characters – all the intense emotions add to the feeling of the unstable undercurrent the reader can feel.

Thriller, crime story, romantic entanglement – all of that and more. Each character comes with their own baggage and trauma, which flows into the trifecta and bounces of each other, which leaves the reader often wondering if they are spectators in a large arena.

It’s a very screenplay, visual imagery experience – scene, cut, reaction. It will be interesting to see what this author comes up with next.

Buy Volta at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Aurora Metro Books; PublishDrive  pub date 4 May 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Search for the House of Dreams by Alison Burke

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour Search for the House of Dreams by Alison Burke.

About the Author

‘I was born in Lancashire and started my career by training as a State Registered general nurse. Later, I joined the army and became an officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. On a posting to Malaya, now Malaysia, I found my true love. This was an ideal setting for a marriage with young children, and now my memories are a wonderfully rich source of material for my writing.’

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About the book

It is the year 1847 in the elegant city of Bath where 18yr old Genevre Stratton is treated more as a servant than a daughter in the elegant house where bills are not paid, and the rent is in arrears.          

Appalled by the dishonesty and overriding social ambition beneath her parents’ veneer of respectability, only her love for her younger brother and sisters keeps her there. Left to cope alone when their false world falls apart, she fights to keep her siblings together, until poverty forces her to yield them to the care of their half-brother, George Coleman.  

Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, he is the enemy who becomes her lover. To surrender all to her passionate desire for him, or to keep the independence of a new-found musical career on the London stage? This is her is her choice to make, until an unexpected call of duty takes her to Paris. Must the old, dark secrets she discovers there alter the course of her life forever?

Review

As far as Genevre is concerned she is part of a respectable story with paths mapped out for all of them, especially the children of the family, but the truth is far from rosy. Fractured family relationships, money problems and living a huge charade to keep up with everyone else – all to the detriment of said children.

Genevre has to learn some very harsh lessons and at some point she also has to take a moment to think twice about the woman her mother is now, as opposed to the woman she once was or was supposed to be. Everything is determined through her particular frame of reference, her own experiences, but it’s easy to forget it’s the same for others.

Although this can be read as a standalone novel I believe the end leaves this open for a sequel or to be part of a series. Where does Genevre go from here?

It’s a family saga, historical fiction and a story defined by the societal rules of the time. About a woman who is forced to step up as the surrogate parent when her parents are incapable or just not willing to parent themselves. It’s about love, support and disillusionment on a certain level. Looking for your place in society and family, whilst not being entirely sure what that is suppose to look like.

It’s a heartfelt, moving and engaging read. Perfect historical escapism.

Buy Search for the House of Dreams at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Lily Dale Press pub date 14 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Five Things by Beth Merwood

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Five Things by Beth Merwood.

About the Author

Beth Merwood is from the south of England. The Five Things is her debut novel. Follow @lizcity77 on Twitter, on Instagramon Facebook, Visit bethmerwood.wixsite.com/write 

About the book

For nine-year-old Wendy, the summer of 1969 will never be forgotten. – Local kids have always told stories about the eerie wood on the outskirts of the village, and Wendy knows for sure that some of them are true. Now the school holidays have started and she’s going to the wood again with Anna and Sam, but they soon become convinced that someone is trying to frighten them off.

When a terrible event rocks the coastal community, the young friends can’t help thinking there must be a connection between the incident, the tales they’ve heard, and the strange happenings they’ve begun to witness. As glimpses of a darker world threaten their carefree existence, they feel compelled to search out the underlying truth.

Review

Wendy and her friends enjoy the freedom and liberties of the late 60s, something the children of the 21st century will never experience. Roaming around, exploring alone and with friends, and soaking in the world around them. Until something terrible happens and their world is changed forever.

Given the way it is written, from Wendy’s perspective – first as a child and then as an adult – the majority of the book is in simplistic language and structure to perhaps reflect that. It could be marketed as a YA psychological thriller and for advanced middle grade readers. I have to say I found the narrator and narration often made me as the reader feel as if it was a factual experience told by the author about herself. It certainly gave the character an added element of realism.

From a language perspective it could do with some tightening up, and the conjecture at the end was superfluous. The simplicity of the trauma was enough to carry the story completely until the end. It’s a story of childhood and how one event can change the way you interact with your world going forward. It speaks of the very specific nostalgia of childhood memories and moments. It’s both a mystery and a coming-of-age story.

Buy The Five Things at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : ‎The Wild Rose Press Inc; pub date 3 May 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Last Days of Us by Caroline Finnerty

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Last of Us by Caroline Finnerty.

About the Author

Caroline Finnerty is an Irish author of heart-wrenching family dramas and has published four novels and compiled a non-fiction charity anthology. She has been shortlisted for several short-story awards and lives in County Kildare with her husband and four young children. Her first title for Boldwood is The Last Days of Us, to be published in June 2021. 

Follow @cfinnertywriter on Twitter, on Instagramon Bookbub, Visit carolinefinnerty.ie

About the book

They say if you love someone, you have to let them go. But what they are your child? All Sarah McIntyre has ever wanted was a loving, happy family. So when her husband JP announces on Christmas Day that he is leaving her and their two children, 9 year old Harry and 4 year old Robyn, Sarah is left reeling.

But things are set to get worse when Robyn is diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. Can JP and Sarah unite to fight their biggest battle yet? or will they be on opposing sides once again? With the couple at loggerheads and with Robyn’s condition deteriorating day-by-day, precious time is running out and JP is getting desperate…

The Last Days of Us is a tender story of hope and forgiveness that asks the question how far would you go to save your child?

Review

Sarah thinks her family is picture perfect, until her husband pulls the plug on their white picket fence family. In the midst of their separation the health of one of their children starts to takes precedence over their difficulties. Unfortunately both parents think they know what’s best for their child, they disagree completely with each other.

Aside from the fact this story is about the disintegration of a family and how they can redefine said family after the husband and father decides to leave, it is also one about an important topic of our time. Do you allow someone to die with dignity or keep them alive by what ever means necessary, especially if there is no realistic medical chance of recovery or survival. Do you prolong a life by a few months regardless of the pain you would be subjecting someone to? Then think of these questions and ask yourself whether your answers would be any different if the person in question was your child.

I found the divide between the two parents, when it came to the possible treatment or allowing their child to die, was the actual crux of the plot. It shows the divide we have in this country at the moment in regards to euthanasia or having the right to choose to die. It’s about choice and power over your own body, so what does that mean when you are a child and depend on your parents to make the best choices for you.

It’s a lovely story, perhaps at the core an upsetting one, but it is one about being able to focus on the important things when life becomes an emotional tornado. Whether parents are able to put their own drama aside to focus on what is right for their child and not what feels good and seems right for themselves.

Buy The Last Days of Us at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Boldwood Books pub date 17 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Truth about the Herbert Quarry Affair by Marco Ocram

 It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Awful Truth about the Herbert Quarry Affair by Marco Ocram.

About the Author

Little is known of Marco Ocram’s earliest years. He was adopted at age nine, having been found abandoned in a Detroit shopping mall—a note taped to his anorak said the boy was threatening the sanity of his parents. Re-abandoned in the same mall a year later, with a similar note from his foster parents, he was homed with his current Bronx mom—a woman with no sanity left to threaten.

Ocram first gained public attention through his bold theories about a new fundamental particle—the Tao Muon—which he popularized in a best-selling book—The Tao Muon. He was introduced to the controversial literary theorist, Herbert Quarry, who coached Ocram in a radical new approach to fiction, in which the author must write without thinking—a technique to which Ocram was naturally suited. His crime memoir, The Awful Truth about the Herbert Quarry Affair, became the fastest selling book of all time, and made him a household name. It was translated into every known language—and at least three unknown ones—and made into an Oscar-winning film, a Pulitzer-winning play, a Tony-winning musical, and a Golden Joystick-winning computer game.

Ocram excelled at countless sports until a middle-ear problem permanently impaired his balance. He has yet to win a Nobel Prize, but his agent, Barney, has been placing strategic back-handers—announcements from Stockholm are expected soon. Unmarried, in spite of his Bronx mom’s tireless efforts, he still lives near his foster parents in New York. 

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About the book

With a jangle of keys, a door opened. Herbert clanked in, his arms locked to his sides, his ankles shackled, his face a Hannibal Lecter mask. He was overjoyed to see me.

“Marco, I’m jailed day and night with murderous thugs who can’t tell Schiller from Shakespeare. I’m desperate for intellectual stimulus—but you’ll do for now.” 

TV personality Marco Ocram is the world’s only self-penned character, writing his life in real time as you read it. Marco’s celebrity mentor, Herbert Quarry, grooms him to be the Jackson Pollock of literature, teaching him to splatter words on a page without thought or revision.

Quarry’s plan backfires when imbecilic Marco begins to type his first thought-free book: it’s a murder mystery—and Herbert’s caught red-handed near the butchered body of his lover.

Now Marco must write himself into a crusade to clear his friend’s name. Typing the first words that come into his head, Marco unleashes a phantasmagorical catalogue of twists in his pursuit of justice, writing the world’s fastest-selling book to reveal the awful truth about the Herbert Quarry affair

Review

Tongue-in-cheek comes to mind. A satirical view on the work, life and times of an author. His books are his life in real time and very much a work in progress. One could say it happens as he writes it or because he writes it. He is the author of his own literary escapades and destiny, and unfortunately for everyone else, also of theirs.

At the start of each chapter Marco Marco, oh sorry Ocram, discusses writing strategy with his mentor Herbert Quarry. The same Herbert who ends up in the middle of the strategy that will determine success. The man who yields the sword is the servant who becomes the master. In fact it wouldn’t be too far off to say he uses his status and power to create this convoluted, and yet highly entertaining read.

Ocram is the eccentric uncle, the mad scientist of the literary world, however he is also the wordsmith who wields his words with a veracity and precision worthy of the finest of critics.

I wasn’t entirely sure where to put this at first. An anagram of sorts describes events as they happen, sometimes despite being told not to use certain tools of the trade or tropes to drive the story, and instead derives pleasure from doing exactly what is expected of him by the industry. Make no mistake it is both a story and a deconstruction of the art of telling a story. 

It’s an incredibly clever concept which will possibly not get the recognition it deserves, because it is also the kind of read you have to be willing to embrace in its entirety. I liked it. Now tell me who you are. I want more.

Buy The Awful Truth about the Herbert Quarry Affair at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Tiny Fox Press pub date 15 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.