A Matter of Life and Death
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Why I wrote this book
Anyone who’s been to a funeral, had to plan one, is aware of society’s changing tastes from ‘stiff upper lip’ to ‘celebration of life.’ This book is for anyone who is going to die in the future - what sort of a send off do you want? In an age where everybody wants to be famous for fifteen minutes after they’re dead, the question is, has today’s society gone too far with its choreographed lamentation? Anyone interested in commerce, media, social media, marketing or politics will find resonance with the novel as well as readers who just like a good page turner served up with a dash of humour.
When asked Which three authors’ work would you compare your writing to? Paul said 'Evelyn Waugh, John Braine and David Lodge'.
When advertising maverick Farren Mortimer sets up AMOLAD to bring the funeral business into the 21st century his ideas capture the public's attention as he cashes in on the new zeitgeist of conspicuous public mourning. Appointed as the government's 'bereavement czar' it looks as if Mortimer can't put a foot wrong as he single-handedly puts the 'fun' into funerals. But commercialising death isn't without its problems; not everybody gives 'Mr Eulogy' and his slick marketing techniques their blessing. But who wants to bury Mortimer the most? Is it the anarchist graffiti street artist who has made AMOLAD a particular target for his ire? The self-seeking road safety campaigner with designs on Mortimer as well as his money? The award-seeking journalist who smells a BAFTA? Or someone much closer to home? As the government's inaugural 'People's Remembrance Day' bank holiday date approaches, will it be redemption or requiem for Mortimer? A Matter of Life and Death is an intelligent, humorous and fast-moving exploration of values and motives in today's reality TV age: society's 'mourning sickness', the power of marketing, media cynicism, anonymity as fame and the influence of Twitter. A Matter of Life and Death, where each chapter is headed with a song that could be played at a funeral, will appeal to adult fiction readers and fans of satire and black comedy - it picks up where Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One left off.
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Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing
1st November 2012