Troubador Glum

Released: 17/06/2015

eISBN: 9781784625719

Format: eBook

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A story of music, love and mental illness… but not necessarily in that order.


When Andrew would listen to contestants on The Talent Factor describe their experience as a journey, he would cringe. But, after finding and losing both love and success, he can’t think of a better word to describe his. Single, nearing thirty and still living with his mum, a clinically depressed Andrew braves the bullied children, single mothers and other unwell people singing Nessun Dorma, to find a new love, an old ghost and a difficult decision awaiting him. A story of music, love and mental illness, Glum is an irreverent, cynical comedy with a unique element. All of the songs Andrew performs within the story have been recorded and are available to stream or download for free at -

Although the book is called "Glum' it's not glum at all. I thought it was a very enjoyable book. Sometimes sad, sometimes frustrating but overall funny and very entertaining.

Are you a fan of tv talent shows? I watch them but with a degree of cynicism. I intensely dislike when they narrate the back story of the contestant, usually involving bereavement, unemployment, desertion or depression - sometimes all of them.

Well the main character, Andrew is 30 and has gone back to live with his mum. He writes songs and plays the guitar.. He's recently been diagnosed with clinical depression. When he tells his Mum she merely says "you're glum". When he tells his best friend Sam (who I found irritating but in a good and necessary way for the story), Sam thinks "that is so rock and roll" and that he should apply for the tv talent show.

Andrew applies (without telling anyone). and the rest of the story is about Andrew's journey during which he meets a girl he really likes but she is already with someone, we encounter quite a few hilarious characters, we get glimpses into the past where we meet a younger Andrew.

Andrew's mum is a lovely character too - she seems very soft and gentle, often gets her metaphors mixed up and her words, but is stronger than you realise and the love between her and Andrew is pretty obvious.

I'm not sure who would probably be in the target demographic - I suspect not me, a 61 year old female. When I started the book I wasn't sure what to expect. Nevertheless I really enjoyed this book.

by Janis Steele

Eilian J Richmond

Eilian doesn't much like writing about himself, much less referring to himself in the third person. But, he does like writing stories, and would very much like people to actually read them, so I'm, I mean, he, is sucking it up and doing as he's told.

Eilian, having spent large swathes of his twenties, jobless, loveless and prising himself from the clutches of religiousness and depression, has many experiences to process into stories that he hopes will make you laugh.

He fell in love with music and lyrics as a teenager, and with literature by extension as an adult. His first novel, Glum, reflects this, and he'd very much like you to go and read it.

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