- Literature & Fiction
| Synopsis |
An outstanding debut novel from English Author, P.A.Davies, that has all the ingredients of a good read … Gripping, thought provoking and a tad controversial from the off, this is a real page turner!
At approximately 09.00hrs on the 15th June 1996, an unassuming white lorry was parked on Corporation Street in the city centre of Manchester, England; it contained over 3000 pounds of high explosive.
At 11.15hrs the same day, Manchester witnessed the detonation of the largest device on the British mainland since the Second World War … The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack.
Based around actual events, LETTERBOX tells the story of Liam Connor, an ordinary boy brought up in Manchester by a seemingly ordinary family. He goes to the local school, loves football and has a best friend called Sean … an ordinary life!
Unbeknown to Liam, his father, Michael Connor, harbours a dark historic secret, following a life a lot less ordinary … as a furtive, yet high ranking soldier within the IRA.
For most of his life, he has dabbled with writing various pieces – from poems to short fictional stories – but this was always just for fun. However, following advice from a good friend he decided to have a go at writing a novel. Thus, his first novel ‘Letterbox’ was conceived, a fictional take on the infamous IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996. It took him over a year to complete but while doing so, he found it to be one of the most satisfying and interesting paths he had ever followed. It came as no surprise that the writing bug subsequently became firmly embedded within him.
P.A.Davies’ second book – George: A gentleman of the road – was published in May 2013 and is a true story about one of Manchester’s homeless. His third novel – The Good in Mister Philips – is an erotic novel (arguably set to rival Fifty Shades…!) and his fourth – Nobody Heard Me Cry (Dec. 2015) – is again a fact-based tale about Manchester’s darker side. The thriller ‘Absolution’ (Oct. 2017) is his fifth novel.
To label P.A.Davies’ writings would be difficult because his works range from thrillers to touching novels to true-to-life tales embedded in a captivating story, making P.A.Davies an imaginative and versatile storyteller.
P.A. Davies on Social Media:
FB Author Page: bit.ly/padavies
- What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike (if anything)?
I like the fact that – in my mind – I can go off to any place or any time and have carte blanche to write whatever I want about whomever I want. My only dislike is that there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do what I love.
- Do you find time to read, if so what are you reading at the moment?
I do find time to read but that time has waned over recent years. I’m reading the final instalment of Jeffrey Archer’s “Clifton Chronicles” at the moment although I must confess, not very quickly.
- Which author(s) has/have had the biggest influence on your writing? Or: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Jeffrey Archer and Stephen King have been my greatest influences in writing, as I love their ability to create suspense or twist a tale; shock and delight. Very clever authors.
- Where do you get your ideas from?
Personal life experiences and a head full of magic.
- Do you have a favourite scene/character/story you’ve written?
I think my favourite story would be “George; A Gentlemen of the road” predominantly because of my close involvement with the main character. It’s quite personal to me.
- What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given?
Ironic as it seems, I haven’t actually been given any advice on writing.
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. Write from your heart but not necessarily from your life. It is important and personal to you but it is difficult to get it just right for your readers. By all means, use real life events, situations and feelings but let the story come from your imagination.
- What’s been your proudest writing-related moment?
Staging a book-signing event for Letterbox AND George in Waterstones, Manchester and actually having people turn up to buy my books.
- If your book came with a theme song, what would it be?
It does, sort of! If you watch the promotion video for Letterbox on my website (www.padavies.co.uk/media), it’s accompanied by a haunting tune that was composed by a very close friend of mine and fits the flavour of the book perfectly.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
A brilliant “page-turning” thriller based on actual events.
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