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L.A. Davenport is an Anglo-Irish author and journalist. Sometimes he lives in the countryside, far away from urban distraction, but mostly he lives in the city. He enjoys long walks, typewriters and strong black coffee. Find him at: https://pushingthewave.co.uk
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What was Kevin? He was earnest yet playful, boisterous yet lazy, a little rough sometimes, extremely direct and always sure of what he wanted. He was also sensitive, kind, supportive and caring, not to mention highly communicative and supremely understanding towards children.
My Life as a Dog is the funny, heartwarming and moving story of a life shared between a black and tan dachshund and his owner.
Told over two days and a weekend drawn from their many years together, it explores how Kevin overcame his cruel upbringing to flower into a self-confident dog that left everyone he met spellbound. And as they grew together, his owner learned to live in the present and navigate the difficult times they faced together.
But with Kevin rejected by the canine world and their connection ever-more profound and symbiotic, the question was: What does he think I am?
L.A. Davenport is the author of the novels The Nucleus of Reality, or the Recollections of Thomas P–, and Escape, and the collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories.
John is a trauma doctor recovering at a glamorous Mediterranean resort after losing his wife in a terrible accident. Lost and alone, he wanders the streets, trying to escape his pain and drifting into alcoholism.
He ends up in a strip joint, where he meets Jasna, a brilliant and witty hostess. Against their better judgement, they become infatuated and begin to fall in love.
When she is brutally killed, John is the only suspect. But then he is mysteriously let go by the police, and Charles, the hotel manager, reveals he lost his granddaughter, Erin, in similar circumstances.
Seeking to clear John’s name and obtain justice for Jasna and Erin, they are pitched into a ruthless world of drugs, prostitution, slavery and murder, where life is cheap and nothing is as it seems.
Will they gather the evidence in time to stop the killers, or be their next victims? Can they trust the police, or are they part of the corruption reaching into every part of life?
Perfect for fans of classic thrillers, Escape draws you in to a darkly glamorous world where John has to overcome his grief to avenge Jasna, Erin and the victims of modern slavery.
Escape is the debut novel by L. A. Davenport, author of the short story collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories, and the memoir My Life as a Dog.
Thomas P— is exhausted. He's been travelling for work so much he barely knows where he is. And then, while waiting for a table at a restaurant, he sees someone from his past. Exactly as she was twenty years ago, when they first knew each other. Deeply shaken, he tries to carry on as if nothing happened.
But when it happens again, in a different restaurant, in a different city, Thomas's world begins to unravel. Haunted by a magnificent black parrot and a past he wants to forget, he becomes paranoid, unsure whether he can trust himself and the world around him.
After he sees another friend he thought he had forgotten, he realises he is lost and alone, and afraid of his own mind. Then an enigmatic woman tells him he is not seeing things but rather his memory has been mined to create life-like androids that are replacing the human race one by one.
And then he is arrested.
Will Thomas resist the mysterious woman and get his life back? Or will he join her cult and take up arms in the fight to save us all?
The Nucleus of Reality, or the Recollections of Thomas P—, is the story of a man trying to remember why he ended up losing everything but himself.
By L. A. Davenport, author of the novel Escape, the collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories, and the memoir My Life as a Dog.
The ramblings of a man who thinks he's seen an angel. A night out in London seen through drunken eyes. A goddess snatching a holidaymaker down to the underworld. A desperate husband seeking help for his dying wife. A man stuck down a manhole after his stag do. The tell-all story of the ups and downs of a global pop band. The reminiscences of a faded actor. An appeal to His Satanic Majesty for help.
These are just a few of the eclectic cast of characters and stories created by L. A. Davenport, author of Escape, No Way Home, and the memoir My Life as a Dog , as he explores the meaning of life in the modern world, laced through with a rich seam of satire and wit.
A teenage girl desperate for reconciliation with her absent father. A woman manipulated into thinking she is insane. A dystopian future where unhealthiness is punishable by death. The unrequited love of a young shop assistant. An intimate journey into London's kaleidoscope heart. The wedding dream of a dying solider far from home.
Thought-provoking, poignant and thrilling, No Way Home is a collection by L. A. Davenport, featuring Screen Grab, Deathcast, Stations of the Soul, and more.
Come on an intimate journey into the dark heart of pre-millennium London as we follow an eclectic cast of characters from all walks of life as they shine a kaleidoscope light on this global city.
Meet drunken bar flies, stiff executives, struggling jewellery designers, ageing musicians, awkward flatmates, pretentious designers, and arguing couples, then fall into the twilight hours of the city as the ripples of drunken excess spread out until morning.
Stations of the Soul is a love letter to London and a breathtaking sweep across a day in the life of the city, from the collection No Way Home by L. A. Davenport.
When a man visits an illegal pub in a dead zone of the city, it triggers a chain of events that forces a band of resistance fighters to rise up against a brutal state that uses Wellness as a means of oppression, punishing those who do not guard their health with death.
With his young daughter brainwashed into believing her father must die to protect society, can the fighters use the state's weapons against them to infiltrate a heavily guarded ministry building in time to save him?
Deathcast is a dark and thrilling journey into a dystopian future from the collection No Way Home by L. A. Davenport.
A teenage girl desperate for reconciliation with her absent father; a homeless man building a home in an abandoned cottage; a brutal predator grooming victims in online chat rooms.
Three worlds on a collision course, with potentially devastating consequences. Will the truth about Lauren's father come out before it's too late?
Screen Grab is a disturbing and thought-provoking short story from the collection No Way Home by L. A. Davenport.
No-one ever visits, but if you were to push open the creaking door and step over the piles of unwanted mail, you would find, in the dust-laden darkness, row upon row of shelves stuffed with trumpets, tubas, cornets, trombones, clarinets, drums.
Each time one of the instruments is played, it tells a story; a different story every time. This is The Marching Band Emporium.
Intriguing, though-provoking and occasionally dazzling, The Marching Band Emporium is a personal selection from the innovative blog of the same name.
Alongside a rich crop of drawings, mini sagas, poetry, short stories and a healthy dose of twisted logic, the curious reader will find the brand-new genre of Excerpts from Lost Novels, taking you into half-lit scenarios and mesmerising characters from imagined books.
You will be taken on a journey into a world populated by faded actors, late-night revellers, ancient goddesses, young lovers, pop stars on the comeback road, and many, many more.
Follow L. A. Davenport's tentative first steps as a writer, with early versions of what would go on to form part of the collections Dear Lucifer and Other Stories and No Way Home.