Monday, 14 November 2011

Green Bread

My second Kindle book - Green Bread is a comedy starring the disaster-prone Dr Lucy Bread (pronounced Breed) an environmental research chemist at Ifford University where she analyses traces of cocaine found in the local River Iffy. The head of her department is Professor Brinsley Martyn a career academic fond of comfort, nepotism and whatever academic fad might reflect credit on his moribund department.

Lucy is also a member of I-watch, a local environmental pressure group. Partner Piet leads a hectic life as college art lecturer, avant-garde potter and would-be member of the European Parliament. Piet is also behind a community arts project called the Green Goddess, a huge green-painted steel female figure intended to be visible for miles from its location by the motorway. Lucy also has to cope with her precocious daughters Jenny and Sally.

Lucy’s life is a series of disasters such as coming home to find her daughters smoking raffia as an experiment in aversion therapy. She is plagued by Mrs Corelli, a greenfly-obsessed neighbour who always seems to be around in times of family crisis. Lucy bumbles through these disasters, hindered by her short temper and sarcastic tongue. To her surprise, she also lusts after Ross, an I-watch member ten years her junior. Lady Jo Poynter, Lucy’s formidable mother, only adds to Lucy’s many ambivalent difficulties in coping with a privileged background, Piet’s ambitions, her own fading hopes and the gloom of creeping middle-aged angst.

The Pillbox

My first Kindle book, The Pillbox is a darkly amusing tale of mystery and professional failure in a shabby seaside town. Doctor Julius Woolf is a successful but limited clinical psychologist near retirement. Fifty years earlier, he and his elder sister Kassia live with their Aunt Beth, an eccentric, marijuana-smoking artist. They live in Mayfield; Aunt Beth’s grand but neglected home. One day, Woolf’s best friend Robbie kills a cat with his father’s stolen air-rifle. Woolf and Robbie get rid of the cat in a wartime pillbox at the far end of the beach. This key event in Woolf’s life leads to an obsession with the human mind. He embarks on a career as a clinical psychologist, to which he is successful but hopelessly unsuited. His sporadic appearances as a glib TV psychologist blind him to his tragic, yet almost comical inability to make sense of his own life and the mysteries surrounding his sister’s disappearance as a teenager.