You must of heard of James Smythe by now. What? You haven't?! Even though we've been banging on and on and on about him? Well, in that case, let us refresh your memory. James Smythe is a fantastic new addition to our brood, and his incredible apocalyptic thriller, The Testimony, is one of our top picks for this year. And obviously you will have heard of Stephen King - in fact, in our 'All the books you shouldn't read home alone' article, his name came up again and again. Why are we telling you all this? We'll let James explain... "My name's James, and I'm a writer. (I feel a bit like I'm in a self-help group when I tell people that...) I've just had a novel called THE TESTIMONY published by Blue Door - it's an apocalyptic story about the world hearing what they perceive to be the voice of God, told through the testimonies of 26 different characters from every walk of life. Each character brings something different to the table, be they priests, murderers or businessmen, and it's through their eyes that the reader watches the repercussions of hearing the voice of the deity. And next year, there's two novels: one from HarperVoyager, called THE EXPLORER (about death and astronauts) and another tentatively titled THE MACHINE from Blue Door again (about post-traumatic stress disorder and memories). Read More
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