Wednesday 27 August 2014

Indie Picks

As part of bringing the world of Indie Publishing to the Indie Author Fair at the Chorleywood Lit Fest, this autumn, we are encouraging everyone to send us their 'Indie Picks' - your recommendations of best indie books you have read.

So to get the ball rolling - here are my three Indie Picks:

Feral Youth by Polly Courtney

Lit Fic / Contemporary Fiction  

Unquestionably my book of 2013. Set during London's summer of riots, the story unfolds in the voice of 14 year old Alesha - homeless, disenfranchised, lost in the cracks of the system. Seen through her eyes, the riots are a rolling juggernaut of inevitability. A book to open your eyes and break your heart.

Read my full review here.

The Gift of Looking Closely by Al Brookes

Lit Fic / Psychological Thriller

Winner of the Guardian Self-Publishing Book of the Month, July 2014, this novel is the embodiment of what the self-pub revolution is all about. Written in the second person, addressing the impact of assisted suicide on those it leaves behind - this book is bold and challenging. But it is also an exquisitely written psychological thriller. Whether in the physical world or the psychological, Brookes has the gift of looking closely.

Read my full review here.

The Hurricane Lover by Joni Rodgers

Crime Thriller

Texan author, Joni Rodgers describes this book as her 'soul project'. This tense thriller is set in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina sweeps through the city and a sexually predatory serial killer takes advantage of the ensuing chaos. The disastrous politics of the failed clean-up operation and the almost equally disastrous chemistry between the two lead characters add depth to the story without ever overwhelming it.

Read my full review here.

Please send your Indie Picks to catriona.troth [at]

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