'It's a wonderful book! I am even more awestruck the second time around. Very few novelists get it right when they use Rock as the context for a novel. Howard Male got it right. One of the best novels I've read in the last decade.'
Tony Visconti, record producer (David Bowie, Morrissey, U2)
Welcome to a website devoted to my first novel Etc Etc Amen. You can find out what the novel is about and what readers have made of it so far. Is Etc Etc Amen an airport thriller with ideas above its station? A lo-fi literary novel? Or a philosophical murder mystery? It's actually all these things and more.
How does one write about a novel while avoiding plot spoilers? With Etc Etc Amen this was a little easier because the central catalyst is a fictional religion. So I've focused on this religion in the hope that you'll find it amusing/smart/stupid/enigmatic enough to want to find out in what ways it casts its spell over its followers.
Also on the website there's a more fun-to-dip-into page devoted to some of the unlikely coincidences which partly inspired the novel, an interview with the author, and a couple of extracts. And you can read here about experiences so far of self
publishing in this piece I wrote for The Quietus
Here's the back cover blurb
Entertain the possibility
And the possibility
Will entertain you
Imagine if a charismatic star such as John Lennon had left behind a blueprint for an alternative religion which pointed out the anachronisms and dangers of the existing faiths. How long would this religion take to spread across the globe and even be perceived as a threat to Christianity, Judaism and Islam? In the age of the Internet, certainly less than 2000 years.
Set in 1970s London and present-day Marrakech, Etc Etc Amen is a conspiracy thriller and a murder mystery in which people make gods out of men and gods out of thin air, and the destructive power of both religious faith and obsessive love has fatal consequences.