My new Brighton novel is published!

Great news! My new novel has arrived. It’s always a thrilling moment to see it in print after the three years of drafts and redrafts. Yes, it really exists – that’s my first reaction. It looks great too. So thanks to my publishers, Ward Wood Publishing, and to the cover designer, the hugely talented Kayla Bell.

Blue Notes, Still Frames is my second Brighton novel and it moves forward to 1994 – My first Brighton book, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer of Love was set in 1967.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb, if you want to know what it’s all about.

You can buy the paperback edition a number of ways. Either directly from the publishers:

From Book Depository, especially if you are outside the UK:–Still-Frames/9781908742629

You can buy it at Amazon too – especially if you want the Kindle edition which is already online:

Or, of course, you can order it from your local independent bookshop. Mine, here in Lewes is the excellent independent bookseller Skylark and they will be stocking both my novels:

I shall be doing my first reading from the new novel tonight, here in Lewes, at the latest Needlewriters event at the lovely Needlemakers centre, in West Street, with my friend, the poet and novelist Kay Syrad and the science fiction writer, Matthew De Abaitua, whom I’m yet to meet. It should be a fun evening so, come along if you can. It would be great to see you there.

Here’s the Needlewriters’ web link to give you more information about the writers:


P.S. The readings went really well last night at Lewes’ Needlewriters’ event – I left feeling that new new book is well and truly  ‘out there’. My thanks to Janet Sutherland and the Needlewriters’ committee for their support and for asking me to read. It’s a lovely event.


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