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DEAD & TALKING 95%+ 5 star reviews
BLURB: Dead & Talking
If a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do? When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it. But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations. The Gliss, the sarcastic spirit that rescues him, says he can now and see and hear the Dead – if he’s close to their remains. Porter has to use his unwelcome gift to clear up past injustices. Or else. Forced to investigate the murder of a WW1 British Tommy executed for spying in 1917, he begins to suspect the case has links to his own family history. Along the way, Porter enlists the help of a bickering group of misfits, who struggle to stay involved – because only fools believe in the supernatural, don’t they? Full of pop culture references, banter and twists, the story takes us from present-day London and Flanders to scenes from World War 1. As Porter, The Gliss, and friends, get deeper into the explosive case, they discover their own lives and sanity are at stake. An evil from WW1 pursues them all.
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MEET THE AUTHOR
Des is a former journalist for The Times of London and a producer/director for the BBC, ITV and Ch4. He is a composer and musician and founded the Young Directors Film School. He has just published his first novel, Dead & Talking. Available on Amazon now.
If you must know more about this sinister looking chap, click on his photo. But I warn you, neither his photo or biography are a pretty sight!
IN THE NEWS
I gave a talk on getting out of a creative rut last week for Hackney Council. Was great to teach memory techniques AND Save the Cat beat sheets to one group, in one session.
I love giving inspirational talks about creativity and my work in the media. Email me if you need anyone to give a talk
We had the AMAZING Des Burkinshaw along for our latest Things to make you think! speaker event last week. Des gave us hugely helpful tips and examples of how to get out of a creative rut.
Astrid Keogh – OD Manager, Hackney Council
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“His deftly penned descriptions evoked sharp visuals, which were often outrageously comical, although a few gave my delicate intestines a queasy churn. This deviously clever scribe cast his tale with an unending group of peculiar characters who were each perceptively drawn with their own quirky traits and unique histories, while also realistically delineated with recognizable and mind-tickling human foibles which often led to humorous encounters, and delightfully amusing observations and inner musings. I had four pages of favorite quotes and notes highlighted and have gleefully added his name to my list of talents to watch and hope I am paying attention when his next missive is given wings.”
“The characterisation is wonderful. Porter feels like a cross between Bertie Wooster and Sir Peter Wimsey initially, but soon develops his own idiosyncratic personality and becomes a great main character. He shares that billing though, because it doesn’t take long for what I initially classed as ‘side character’ – The Gliss, Feng, Namita and Karin – to find their slots alongside Porter, with just as much interest and empathy generated by their exploits.
Dead and Talking is absolutely top notch paranormal mystery fiction, with plenty of depth and humour and a fascinating cast. Definitely one for my personal favourite pile, and I will be eagerly awaiting the next in what I hope will be a long-running series! “
“Dead & Talking is a tricky book to categorise. Part ghost story, part thriller, part historical fiction, and part dark comedy, this really is a book that will appeal to everyone.
Although the book does tackle the dark subjects of depression, suicide and the horrors of World War One, and does so sensitively, it also does so with a wonderful dry humour throughout. My heart broke for Max and Harry as their war story was slowly revealed to Porter and his friends, but the very next page I found I was chuckling to myself at Porter’s relationship with The Gliss (the “The” being very important!).
I sat down the other night thinking, “I’ll just finish off that book before I go to bed,” and then being really disappointed when I remembered that I had finished it the previous evening. I am really looking forward to the next Porter and The Gliss adventure.”
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