'A brilliant debut novel from a very promising writer.' Subject
'Ultra-addictive, super-stylish - a viciously good novel.' Toby Litt.
'A talent to be watched.' Birmingham Post
'This is far and above the best small/independently published book I have ever had the pleasure of reading.' The Kindle Book Review
From the Author
Q: Can you tell us a little about this book?
Mark: I've written a couple of novels in the Soho Noir series - THE IMPOSTER and THE BLACK MILE - and I wanted to write something quick and fun as an introduction to the longer books. This is a short story that examines the father of one of the main characters in THE IMPOSTER, plus his brother (a key character in the book). We go all the way back to 1920, just after the end of the Great War, and experience what it was like for soldiers returning home after fighting. They didn't always get a warm welcome.
Q: How do you research the period?
M: A lot of reading of contemporary fiction for the language and then trips to the newspaper archive to get a sense of the atmosphere of the time. That's one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing a book like this. Authenticity is really important to me; if you sound a bum note, a reader with knowledge of your period will be immediately turned off. I try and avoid that at all costs.
Q: Have you lived in London?
M: I have. I spent a decade there between my 20s and 30s and it's a city with a lot of stories to tell. The cobbled streets and gas lamps that feature in this book can still be found; and some of the lamps still run on gas, even to this day. It's intoxicating for a writer with an interest in that era.