In May 2014 I published my first book.
Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle.
This is set in 1976 and follows the exploits of Harry Spittle a 19 something university student, back home for the summer holidays after his first year. Home is miles from anywhere in the New Forest and comprises his parents, younger sister, aged and recent stroke victim aunt and demented cat. He has three goals for those holidays:
To spend as little time as possible away from his family, to make some money and have sex.
Harry finds work in a local hotel, peopled by a range of the weird, the wacky and the psychotic.
It’s funny, scary, sad, outrageous and touching.
That Harry survives is perhaps the most surprising of the many twists but he does.
And now it is 1981, Harry is five years older, training to be a solicitor and working in the West End of London in a small firm, living with his girlfriend and best friend Gary Dobbs, and wondering why an old acquaintance from the hotel days wants him to make his Will.
The sequel to Dead Flies is upon us
The Last Will of Sven Andersen has Harry trying to hold his love life together, keep his job, and work out why Sven Andersen has trusted him with his affairs which comprise the liquidation and distribution of Sven’s gangster father’s criminal empire. Is it because Harry was the unwitting cause of Sven’s father’s death at the end of Dead Flies? Or is it because he, alone amongst Harry’s friends and acquaintances thinks Harry the best man for the job? Or maybe he just hates Harry. With the help of Dina, his sister, Harry has to unpick the complicated and frankly irritating clues left by Sven while fending off some very unpleasant and frightening characters. Will Harry survive intact this time and live for another sequel?
The official launch of The Last Will of Sven Andersen is
Paperbacks are already available to order but the Kindle is on the above date.
If you enjoyed Dead Flies and would like to review The Last Will for me then drop me a message and I’ll let you have a copy for gratis.
If you’ve not yet read Dead Flies, well you should. Some of the reviews…
Geoff Le Pard’s debut novel Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle is pure solid entertainment. That’s the best word for it – entertainment. There’s no standing at the edge of the pool, wondering whether you want to get your feet wet; instead you dive right into the story and don’t come up for air until you reach the end of it. It’s an engaging tale, and deftly told, spiced generously throughout with a sense of humor that can only be described as witty. Le Pard excels at clever and unique turns of phrase that will make you laugh but also make you think.
Debut author, Geoff Le Pard, serves up a book you’ll not soon forget. With sharply detailed, memorable and quirky characters you’ll be turning the page to read what happens next. Harry Spittle is the most fun I’ve had with a book character in a long time. Set in 1976, there’s enough nostalgia to keep you warm, yet the writing is fresh with a modern edge. If you’ve ever had to take a summer job, work in the food industry or worry about your family while simultaneously wanting to escape them–you’ll find the story one you can relate to and laugh about. Witty, well-written and fast-paced and this is a book you’ll want to share with friends and read again.
And now you can, for nothing! Dead Flies will be free to order from 28th October to 3rd November. Click here.
And if you want to see more on it, on the Last Will and on any of my other books, then please click here.
And the really, really good news for you fans of Harry Spittle?
The third in the series, Booms and Busts is in editing and will be available in the new year…. as will the fourth part that is in production now…