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My first book
Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle
is a comedy, a coming of age story with bundles of humour.
This is the blurb
It’s summer 1976 and hotter than Hades Harry Spittle, nineteen, is home from university, aiming to earn some money to go on holiday and maybe get laid. He expects he will be bored rigid, but the appearance of old family friend, Charlie Jepson, his psychopathic son, Claude, and predatory wife Monica changes that. As his parents’ marriage implodes, Harry’s problems mount; before he knows it he’s in debt up to his ears and dealing in drugs. Things go from bad to worse when he is stabbed. He needs money fast, but now his job is at risk, his sister is in trouble and he has discovered a family secret that could destroy all he holds dear. The only way out appears to require that Harry joins forces with the local criminal mastermind. Can Harry survive to see out the summer? Can he save his family? Can he regain some credibility and self-respect? Most importantly will he finally get laid?
And this one of the reviews:
Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle starts at a cracking pace and bowls the reader along with the force of its narrative. Student Harry Spittle finds himself in the middle of a web (no pun intended!) of missing boxes, a bullying thug and his slimy father and drug smuggling. Set in the blistering summer of 1976, Harry gets himself a job at a hotel that’s slightly past its best, with a staff of violent lunatics, a peeping tom and students trying to earn a crust and sunbathe in safety. Harry finds himself in situations way out of his depth as his parents fight, his younger sister is in love and the cat turns psychotic. There’s also a pumpkin thief on the loose. This is a laugh-out-loud novel that also manages to tackle some serious issues sensitively as it hurtles along to its uproarious conclusion.
To celebrate both Comedy Book Week and the nearly ready to be published next book (watch this space), I’m giving away Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle on Kindle for 5 days between 18th and 23st July and will let the first ten people to email me at glepard <at> saqnet <dot> c0 <dot> uk have a free signed paperback version (you’ll need to be happy to let me have an address to send it to you, but I will pay the postage). All I ask is you consider an honest review somewhere on Planet Earth: Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, your bathroom mirror – anywhere with the widest reading audience you can reach.
Thank you to-be readers. You won’t be disappointed. And there is a sequel in the pipeline…