A sneak peek at the cover of Stories People Tell a new novel by Alan McCluskey is now available as well as four sample chapters. The book will be published early 2018.
Stories People Tell
Annie, a seventeen-year-old schoolgirl, gets swept up in a grassroots movement offering support and healthcare to gay women. They bear the brunt of homophobic attacks from Nolan Kard, Lord Mayor of London. Rich entrepreneur turned politician, he is campaigning to ‘Keep London Straight’. His off-hand attitude, tasteless humour and widespread influence are undermining the country’s institutions. In the struggle to end violence against women, Annie discovers she has talents she couldn’t have imagined. In so doing, she becomes the number one target of Kard and his rogue police, not to mention his sinister gang of ghostwriters that are a nightmare for his enemies.
Author’s Notes: We make sense of the world by continually spinning stories about it. Stories? They are not the kind you would necessarily tell someone. Unvoiced, they are very often little more than fragments but are generally in tune with a larger personal narrative. That overarching narrative may be composed of distinct parts which don’t need to be coherent with each other. It is as if we need to fit events into a coherent narrative, at least ‘locally’, if we don’t want to blow a mental fuse. We are comforted and strengthened by them. These everyday fragments can be so tiny and the making of them so natural, we are often unaware we are drafting them. This narrative sense-making may become abruptly apparent when our stories are at odds with those of others and conflict ensues… (Click below to read the full article and to listen to the author reading his text.)
Stories to make sense of the world