6 Good Self-Published Books

This week’s blog post is dedicated to 6 self-published books that I enjoyed reading. Several of these books have had some commercial success. As followers of this blog are aware I am an eclectic reader, and this is reflected in the choice of books. Click on the links to read my reviews.


Tollesbury Time Forever by Stuart AyrisTollesbury2

Genre: Literary Fiction

Simon Anthony, a resident of the picturesque village of Tollesbury, is an avid Beatles fan with a history of mental health issues and a dependence on alcohol. One evening an inebriated Simon staggers out of his local…(more)


A Gangster’s Grip by Heather BurnsideA Gangster's Grip

Genre: Crime

Rita has been living in Greece, where she has been running a restaurant with her husband Yansis. She has just returned to her hometown of Manchester for a visit. On arrival at her parents’ home she finds a surly stranger ensconced…(more)


Wasting Talent by Ryan LeoneWasting Talent

Genre: Transgressive

Young guitar virtuoso Damien Cantwell is a member of a band in Southern California. Damian is talented, popular and good looking, but has a drug problem. He started drinking and smoking at a tender age, and his substance abuse now consists of a dizzying array…(more)


Barry Braithwaite’s Last Life by A. R. LoweBarry2

Genre: General

The book is about the developing friendship between the protagonist, Alfred, and an alcoholic by the name of Barry. Barry, an electrician by trade, has been reduced to living in a skip, his days spent borrowing pound coins about town…(more)


The Rebel’s Sketchbook by Rupert DreyfusThe Rebel's Sketchbook

Genre: Satire/Transgressive

The Rebel’s Sketchbook is a collection of 13 first person satirical short stories. Subjects encompass capitalism, class war, drugs, viral culture, boy bands and zero hour contracts. The compilation’s motif is rebellion…(more)


Symbiosis by Guy PortmanSymbiosis

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Symbiosis is a personal favourite of mine. I published it last month. Identical twins Talulah and Taliah have never been apart. Viewed as curiosities by children and adults alike, they coexist in an insular world with their own secret language. But being identical doesn’t necessarily mean being equal…(Amazon link)


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