FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
Sometimes growing up is seeing someone else’s side of the story. Four stories. One truth. Whom do you believe?
Callum has a family secret. Yasmine wants to know it. Juliette thinks nobody knows hers. All Ruby wants is to reinvent herself.
They are brought together by circumstance, torn apart by misunderstanding. As new relationships are forged and confidences are broken, each person’s version of events is coloured by their background, beliefs and prejudices. And so the ingredients are in place for a year shaped by lust, betrayal, and violence…
Lost in Static is the gripping debut from author Christina Philippou. Whom will you trust?
Lost in Static has already received some fantastic reviews:
What a powerful read Lost in Static is. It opens dramatically and we find ourselves drawn into the events leading to this point throughout the narrative. I found the experience of reading Lost in Static a bit like eating a millefeuille slice as there were so many layers to it. (Linda’s Book Bag)
Kept thinking about the characters even when I was away from the book and couldn’t wait to come back to it to read more. A really intelligent and intuitive first novel from the author. (Mrs Bloggs’ Books)
The beauty of it is we actually begin to see into the minds of these young people and a myriad of friends, how they generally spend their days, what they are thinking, how friendships are formed but just as quickly wrenched apart by betrayal. It is absolutely fascinating and addictive reading. (Ali the Dragonslayer)
The author has done a brilliant job of keeping the reader in a state of suspense until the plot starts unravelling (Mychestnutreadingtree)
Considering there were four main characters, I am seriously impressed with the character development in this book. It felt like I was at University with them. These characters stay with you long after you reach the brilliant ending. (Many Books Many Lives)
[Lost in Static] just seems to offer just that little something more and is truly unique. I’d struggle to compare it to anything else – it’s THAT good that it really stood out on its own for me. I adored Christina’s writing; it was so easy to read and the way in which she brings her characters to life is fantastic. (Bookaholic Holly)
Not only does Christina tackle a multi-narrative structure for this her debut novel, but how well she executes it and the switches between narrators remain seamless throughout. (Poppy Peacock Pens )
The author has done a magnificent job of telling one story from the point of view of four different protagonists while still keeping the story flowing and holding the readers interest. (The Haphazardous Hippo)
I loved the flavour of this one – the author has a beautiful turn of phrase that just immerses you into the tale, it is a realistic and compelling snapshot of university life – often the very first sense of freedom you get as you grow into the adult you become. (Liz Loves Books)
The characters really grab the reader’s attention and it is hard not to get so wrapped up in what is going on in their lives. I actually felt like I was at uni with them and experiencing all they were going through. A suspenseful and gripping debut by an author who is without a doubt one to watch out for. (bytheletterbookreviews)
This is an incredibly well-crafted story which is gripping and enthralling, when I read this I was sucked into it and the time just disappeared. (Bookloverwormblog)
I loved the way this book is written… It was a very refreshing and enjoyable read. Fast paced and full of suspense. Very cleverly written. (Chat About Books)
I have to say that I was gripped until the very end. But what really intrigued me was the way in which these four characters told their version of events, one story, but each completely different. This is the real joy of this book. (Brew and Books Review)
It’s cleverly done… Never assume you know what someone is thinking! (Vikbat)
Philippou has to convince us not only of her ability to write authentically from four points of view, but also of her ability to write from a male perspective as well as a female one. And convince us she does. There is no doubt Philippou can write. (BiblioManiac)Read More
‘When she sent that text, all our lives changed for ever…’
51 year old Tori Williams’ life implodes when she sends a text while driving on the M62 motorway and allegedly causes the horrific crash in which three people die. Public and press are baying for her blood, but Tori is no wallflower and refuses to buckle under their pressure or be a pariah in society. Instead, she sets about saving the nation. But can she save Etta, the woman who saved her life? Or will Etta’s secret be her downfall?
This incredibly topical and contemporary morality tale appeals across generations and will find favour with fans of authors such as Liane Moriarty, Marian Keyes and Kathryn Croft.Read More
Last night I was breaking all the rules, making up new ones.
Me, a wild bunch of one, trailing a blaze of glory, saying, yes, tonight, I’m living on a prayer. I was winging it, squaring off with fate, dialling my date with destiny, letting my ego write the cheques, going eye to eye, punch for punch, drink for drink with the ruffian that is life.
And when I was done, there was no need to look back in anger, because when I was done I couldn’t look back at all.
Meet Samuel Grant. He’s trying to work a few things out.
Remember that time when Twitter sounded like an insult, no one had a Facebook page, and Britney Spears still looked innocent in pig tails?
Remember to Breathe is a rom-com trip set to a retro beat, for anyone who’s ever partied like it was 1999. And woken to realise that the last tequila was unwise.
Remember to Breathe invites you to enjoy the highs and lowly lows of Samuel Grant’s life as he ushers in the new century in his own inimitable style. Join Samuel as he feels the rhythm of London’s pulse, and often finds he dances with two left feet.
Do you want to meet Samuel Grant? You might even like him. Here are what we’re lovingly calling our favourite ‘Samuel’s’ – pearls of wisdom on just about any subject:
It was the tequila that did it. Tequila is spiteful, two-faced, sweet as pie when you’re saying hi, paying your monies and throwing ‘em back, but nasty in a metal fangs kind of way when last night’s fun-lovin’ fast-forwards into next day’s buggering regret. I tell you, Tequila is unwise.
It’s like everyone’s occupying their usual temporal plain, and then there’s Me, Outer Limiting, tingling away, a slight flush-on, occupying a dimension just out of synch with everyone else. I wonder, could I walk through people if I tried? Shall I give it a go?
Man, I would so love to introduce the smell of napalm on a Monday. Such a shame I can’t order in the jets, put All These Feckers out of their unrealised misery. Venue: Meeting Room 9, and instead of Agent Orange, just a serious ordering of Brutal Truth: Mondays are one seventh of my life. If it is bollocks on which the world turns, I fear we may have reached a point where perhaps we are all just spinning in the void, riding this one big revolving testicle.
Friday’s “Working Lunch” is at The Avenue on St James’s Street. It’s a bit like eating in an art installation, a White-Out affair that tries for a So-Serious NYC feel, but is occupied by Daddy’s Girls wearing pashmina’s and too many Pin Stripes worn by too many people called Hugo.
There’s a bit of Samuel Grant in all of us – find out how much by taking the Samuel Grant questionnaire now and win your very own copy of the book.
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