Books, Books

I realise I should have done this an age ago. In these times of dark rooms and limited activity, reading can seem a boon.

If it helps then all my books are on sale – kindle editions – for one unit in your currency (pounds, euros, dollars: US, Canadian and Australian). If you prefer hard back then contact me via the contact button above to let me have an address and I’ll get you a copy in the post for the same (I’ll cover postage).

If you need reminding of what I’ve written, well, scroll down. There are now three parts to the Harry Spittle sagas taking him from hapless 19 to hopeless 30. But there are others too, to suit all tastes…

My Father and Other Liars is a thriller set in the near future and takes its heroes, Maurice and Lori-Ann on a helter-skelter chase across continents.

Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle is a coming of age story. Set in 1976 the hero Harry Spittle is home from university for the holidays. He has three goals: to keep away from his family, earn money and hopefully have sex. Inevitably his summer turns out to be very different to that anticipated.

Life in a Grain of Sand is a 30 story anthology covering many genres: fantasy, romance, humour, thriller, espionage, conspiracy theories, MG and indeed something for everyone. All the stories were written during Nano 2015

Salisbury Square is a dark thriller set in present day London where a homeless woman and a Polish man, escaping the police at home, form an unlikely alliance to save themselves.

Buster & Moo is about about two couples and the dog whose ownership passes from one to the other. When the couples meet, via the dog, the previously hidden cracks in their relationships surface and events begin to spiral out of control. If the relationships are to survive there is room for only one hero but who will that be?

Life in a Flash is a set of super short fiction, flash and micro fiction that should keep you engaged and amused for ages

Apprenticed To My Mother describes the period after my father died when I thought I was to play the role of dutiful son, while Mum wanted a new, improved version of her husband – a sort of Desmond 2.0. We both had a lot to learn in those five years, with a lot of laughs and a few tears as we went.

Life in a Conversation is an anthology of short and super short fiction that explores connections through humour, speech and everything besides. If you enjoy the funny, the weird and the heart-rending then you’ll be sure to find something here.

The Last Will Of Sven Andersen sees Harry working in London, as a nearly qualified solicitor when old acquaintance, Sven Andersen asks him to make his Will. If that wasn’t surprising enough finding out that Sven had not only died but also left Harry to sort out the mess of Sven’s affairs (including unwidning the residue of Sven’s father’s criminal empire) are problems Harry could well do without. Set in 1981 amongst the tensions of Thatcherite politics, the peak of punk and an upcoming Royal Wedding the Last Will of Sven Andersen will intrigue and delight as well as make you wince and wonder.

Booms and Busts begins with Harry Spittle’s life appearing settled: he’s a thrusting lawyer in the City of London lawyer and his girlfriend is about to give birth. Then he finds a body in the office, his sister’s shady job with MI5 begins to impede on his sense of calm and he’s now in a three way fight for a partnership with two colleagues who appear to be playing dirty. Set against the booming economy of Thatcherite politics and the imminent bust at the end of October 1987, we see Harry in a new guise: all grown up but feeling just as much the impostor as ever.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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12 Responses to Books, Books

  1. Ritu says:

    How great, His Geoffleship 💜

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  2. Love it! Thanks for offering your books during this time, Geoff. 🙂 Sharing!

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  3. An impressive oeuvre

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  4. You are incredibly generous Geoff – and if I may throw in my tuppence worth to spur new fans on – and as I have a copy of all your published books except the latest Harry Spittle – here’s my off the top of my head recommendations: Still the best Harry Spittle book Dead Flies and Cherry Trifle – laugh out loud funny even while cringing……. All the short story anthologies are a treat. I still dip in and out of them at will and often find myself reading the next story too because they are just that good. I kept one of the books in my car for a long while – it was perfect for those times when I was waiting for appointments or late flights and so on – and having them on the kindle would be even more convenient in terms of portability. Apprenticed to My Mother is a treat. It’s funny and sad and humane and tender. There’s no great drama, no angst – just a man learning to understand the woman who happens to be his mother. Now my coffee is getting cold…….


  5. willowdot21 says:

    I have them all Geoff I look forward to the new one X 💜💜💜

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