Troubador Trouble

Released: 28/07/2017

ISBN: 9781785898341

eISBN: 9781788030458

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Novel


Trouble follows the story of old college friends (and one-time college sweethearts) Richard and Mina – as they meet again at a London party, four years after he deserted his social circle to make a new life in the country with his sculptress wife, Diana. Tentatively, then with increasing passion, they begin a long-distance romance – one which threatens both Richard's hard-won idyll, and the home and family to which Mina has devoted herself. Moving, honest, and often unexpectedly funny, Trouble depicts in forensic detail the destructive effect of an intense affair on two likeable and recognisable couples on the cusp of their forties. Narrated by a slightly older and wiser Richard, the novel recalls his difficult year of living dangerously – together with the bliss, and the torment, of falling for someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with... This accessible roller-coaster of a novel is an urgent update from deep inside the hearts and minds of modern men and women. Whether describing the landscape around Richard and Diana’s remote croft, or the pleasures and routine predicaments of adultery on his visits south, the dazzling prose of this assured debut expertly explores the hidden complexities and compulsions of contemporary lives. Trouble is literary fiction, which will have wide appeal with all those who enjoy novels about romance and relationships.

Jonathan's first collection of short stories is published this month...

Critical responses ahead of publication have been overwhelmingly positive:

“Fantastically heady stuff - provocative and confrontational – utterly compelling.”
(Jeremy Sheldon, The Literary Consultancy, The Bibliophiles)

“Beautifully written.”
(Joanne Reardon, BBC Radio Drama, on Second Wind)

“A superb depiction of rural life and relationships, with an astonishing sense of place.”
(Joanne Harris, author, about A Spell in Winter)

“A fine, moving story.”
(Joy Hendry, Editor Chapman magazine, about The First Touch)

“What an eye for landscape, and for the day-to-day minutiae of farming life...”
(Judging Panel, Real Writers Awards).

Ebook: 94 pp ISBN 978-0-935396-0-2
Available to download from: Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and all major ebook retailers...

Publication date: 12th May 2016 (Pre-publication orders from: 30th April)

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Jonathan Dodds

As well as being the author of award-winning short stories - some of which appear together for the first time in his collection from Postilion Press, A Spell in Winter - Jonathan Dodds has also written a novel, Trouble, which will be published in June 2016.

Jonathan worked in publishing and bookselling for fifteen years, and more recently has been running a successful property company, but currently devotes "as much time as possible" to writing.

He has spent periods of his life in Yorkshire, where he grew up, in London, Brighton and in Scotland. Over the last twenty years, he has divided his time between Sussex and his family's Scottish croft.

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