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About the Author: John Flannery

John Flannery was born in 1963. He was brought up in Manchester but he now lives in Fleetwood. John studied Housing Studies at the University of Westminster and graduated in 1992. He decided to become a writer of fiction in 1986 but he did not start writing in earnest until 1995. In 2010 he self-published a collection of short stories entitled Toby's Little Eden and Other Stories that was greeted by a huge tidal wave of public indifference that still overwhelms him to this day. In 2012 he self-published a small collection of short stories called Our Little Secret and Other Stories. He has also published a collection of stries entitled Our Little Secret and Other Stories, a debut novel called God's Gift, and a novella called The Place. In September 2013 John published a novella called Billy Atherton. In November 2013 John published another novella entitled Joshua's Withdrawal. His second novel, Prime" was published in early 2016. The books are all published on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, iBookstore, and Kobo.

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2003 following a series of very darkly comical psychotic episodes. But thanks to the excellent care and support of his family and mental health professionals he is now stable but unable to fully function in society. He now struggles to write fiction .....very.....very.....s l o w l y....

The blogged version of Billy Atherton has been viewed by around 500 people. See it at: http://billyathertonnovella.net/

John is working on his third novella which will be self-published at some point in the future...if he's still alive... and sane. He is also in a constant battle with himself against the overuse of ellipsis in his work. Like many writers, John loves cats but he has decided not to get one because he can't even properly look after himself never mind a temperamental moggy! John hopes that you will enjoy reading his work.

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Paperback, Published in Jul 2010 by Lulu.com

ISBN10: 1445777940 | ISBN13: 9781445777948

Page count: 326

The first story in this collection of short stories, The Ghostwriter, is about a very successful thriller writer who seems to be possessed by the spirit of Charles Dickens. This leads him to battle his inner demons and question his atheistic attitude. The second story is called Something To Do and features an ordinary man who decides to become a writer. His quotidian task is complicated by slightly obsessive thoughts relating to an old flame. The third story entitled Toby's Little Eden focuses on a strapping young man who is happily dormant and isolated in his beautiful garden in North London but the arrival of a new young housekeeper leads him to reluctantly come out of his shell. Found Wanting is about a man who seeks to gently nudge his wife back into prostitution but is he pushing at an open door? The final story, Carlington Park G.C. is really a series of comical sketches featuring the groundstaff of a new golf course in North Manchester.

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