The End of the Pier is a striking, compelling debut and a sharply observed evocation of a dying world. The writing is superb, the characters unforgettable and the ending incredibly moving. One of the best debuts I've read. Highly recommended. Stav Sherez, Author of “A Dark Redemption”
A Tour de Force of observational writing. Convincing characters within compelling prose, laying bare the often seedy side of the variety/entertainment scene. It really got under my skin and I thought the ending was inspired. I found myself rooting for Martin (and Mandy). Loved it! Sara Elliott, Just Books
The End of the Pier lifts the curtain on the dark reality of summer season shows. The characters are recognisable but stripped of cheap sentiment. A great read. Tony Peers, veteran comedian, actor and producer
It took me back to our Variety days in the eighties and all that was politically incorrect, captured in an intriguing story. People I knew are so recognisable in the characters, from the stagehand, Martin, who could have been me in the sixties, to Gerry Neon, who could have been many a bill topper from shows of the past. A great read from start to finish. Ian Tough, The Krankies
Fantastic! Gripping. Nostalgic. Brought back memories. I was there! Kevin McFarlane, Technical Stage Manager, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
This is a truly compulsive read that takes you into the minds of the characters. James’ observations about the 'back of house' activities demonstrates a unique knowledge and understanding of the world of Light Entertainment in the seventies and eighties. For those of us who were there it is frighteningly accurate! Alan Cutler, Peel Entertainment
James is a Biology Teacher and lives in Otley, West Yorkshire with his wife and two children. This is his first novel.