Troubador Don’t Ask

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800462540

eISBN: 9781800469549

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A DNA ancestry test opens up a Pandora's Box of secrets. 

When Elsa Watson takes a DNA ancestry test out of idle curiosity she little imagines the devastating consequences she is about to unleash. 

Two families become reluctantly entwined as inconvenient truths and long suppressed memories resurface. 

A #whodunnit with a difference, Don’t Ask visits the glam rock Seventies, Britpop, Operation Yewtree and #metoo within its alternating past and present chapter structure.

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A light yet enjoyable read for anyone who wants to detach for a bit and set foot into another world unlike their own. Paul Carroll sets a scene you feel you know intimately.

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A quick and easy read that I found myself picking up after a long day to unwind. The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer.

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Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll has been drawn to ink and the written word since launching a rock fanzine in his late teens.

Born and raised in Leeds, Paul crossed the Pennines in the mid-70s to study English Language and English Literature at the University of Manchester.

Chasing a job in journalism he stumbled into the world of PR and ten years after starting his career set up his own PR consultancy, Communique PR, in Manchester.

These days, Paul concentrates on his writing.

Paul's books are full of dark humour and satirical takes. His writing has been compared to that of Ben Elton, Nick Hornby and Jonathan Coe in tackling serious contemporary issues in a highly engaging and entertaining way.

Don't Ask (Matador 2021) is Paul Carroll's fourth novel, following A Matter of Life and Death (Matador, 2012), Written Off (Matador, 2016), and Trouble Brewing (Matador, 2017).


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