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So it’s now under a fortnight until we publish Cody James’ The Dead Beat, and Oli Johns’ Charcoal. So it’s time to see what people are saying about it. And they ARE talking already. Which is really rather super. And what they’re saying is more exciting still. Because having chosen books you absolutely adore, there’s always that worry, that sinking sense that maybe you’re just weird, that no one else will see what you see. So when initial reactions are favourable, it has you jumping off the sofa for joy. So, take a look at our preliminary reviews.

And if you can’t wait for November 1st for the paperback, you can download The Dead Beat here for $2.99, and Charcoal here for the same price.

The Dead Beat by Cody James

“the dialog combines the exhausted humor of a night that never ends with the polish that a truly first rate writer brings” (read the full review by Marc Horne)

The Dead Beat is pitch-perfect in its portrayal of the frenetic aimlessness of restless minds for whom the most pressing issues are getting the laundry done and fretting over ‘trying to decide what to do…gives a voice to the dead-beat generation and, in juxtaposing abhorrent lifestyles with poignant introspection, evokes sympathy for the human tragedy that lies within its blackest heart.” (read the full review on Bookrambler)

Charcoal by Oli Johns


“The most exciting, naive, honest, compassionate, self-indulgent writer writing today.”  Marc Horne (read full review here)

“This is glorious writing – Camus with added warmth and humanity and a dash of uncertainty…Johns is an incredibly talented writer – gifted not only with the required depth of insight and self-awareness that is vital for any artist but also with enough humility to be an excellent communicator.” Write Enough (read full review here)

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