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Back Road - Chris Gill
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to live a humdrum, nine to five existence before escaping into a
world of travel, beer, study, sex and cigarette smoke. Searching
for enlightenment, he instead began toiling with his ego,
obsessing about gaining recognition and glory for himself. Glory
on a nationwide scale, a worldwide scale!
Chris is an author who discovered his love of story telling whilst travelling in many countries during the nineties, when his passion for gritty realism developed through observation of real life and the opportunity to read more extensively.
Determined to continue his creative journey, upon returning to Britain, Chris then studied Politics and English at the University of York. In addition to his studies, he also wrote and produced various plays, one of which, ‘The Picnic,’ won a commendation for outstanding writing from the National Student Drama Festival.
After graduating, Chris was a Further Education teacher for ten years but never lost his desire to become a published author. Throughout this period, he matured as a writer by writing plays and short stories, before concentrating on what is now his first published work; the short, gritty, novel, ‘Back Road.’
Chris is currently working on his next title. He lives in Manchester with his wife, Fiona, and young son, Archie.
Definitely an author to watch...
Chris Gill has a knack for writing vivid, realistic and intriguing characters that walk off the page and make you part of their world. I really enjoyed becoming absorbed in their story, growing to care about the characters and racing to the finish to find out how the plot would conclude.
- Ella Overshott
Loved this book...
By the time I was half way through I couldn't stop. Great descriptive narrative. Also loved the paper it was written on..... good quality and smooth, a pleasure to handle. Looking forward to your next one Chris.
- Sara Gidman
I'll be sure to look out for his next...
This was recommended to me by a friend, and I have to say I found it a sure, snappy, and enjoyable read - especially considering this is the author's first published novel.
- Rupan M
You will enjoy the ride...
Poor Pete! Like a million and one other people, he has an existential crisis, decides he's a lesser human being and resolves to turn his life around. He can do more! He will become a good person, a worthy person. He will save mankind single handedly! In his quest to become a sort of 21st century Albert Schweitzer he gets a job working with vulnerable adults. Fuelled with his lofty convictions, he is able to spot the charlatans, those entirely out for themselves. However, with self-deprecating irony, the thoroughly unreliable narrator also reveals his true motivations. When Styles joins the school, her behaviour disconcerts him, and like a latter day Sherlock Holmes, he seeks the clues which will expose her for what she truly is.
Very good story, great characters...
The darkness is undercut by humour and some snappy dialogue. I would recommend it to everyone interested in the human condition. In fact, I would just recommend it to everyone.
- Andy Smith
I hear that the authors next novel is coming soon, hurry up!
Back Road has been described by
Chris Gill himself, as "Gritty Realism." The book epitomises
incredibly fluent and dramatic descriptive writing, coupled with
an existential internal narrative debate throughout, that draws
the reader in on a personal level to the protagonist.
Unexpected twist at the end...
In the wake of the Paralympic games
BACK ROAD is another timely reminder of how the vast majority of
us are so very fortunate to be 'normal'.
Very thought provoking...
It is a brilliantly written
book which made me think deeply into human nature.
- May Boothman
Excellent easy read, that has you hooked!...
A very descriptive story, about ordinary people, trying to do their best for others. When the boat is rocked by a newcomer, what will the outcome be? I think everyone will be able to relate to at least one of the characters
- Jay Jo
Chris Gill writes excellent, realistic dialogue...
He creates a believable world with
dilemmas we can all share. He weaves humour, philosophy and plot
effortlessly. Straight away, I engaged with the story and kept
turning the pages.
- Ruth Estevez
...you'll struggle to better Back Road...
This book is a fusion of fast paced
drama and bleak existential first person narration. For the
first half we follow Pete's dark thoughts as he tries to
reconcile his disappointing current life with the once bright
hopes of his future. Or is he contrasting the foolish dreams of
adolescence with the current realities of a fulfilled and caring
life. As we follow Pete through flashes of his past and alcohol
fuelled reminiscing both he and the reader must find their own
- Mark Mitchell
An enjoyable and thought provoking read...
Back Road is a down-to-earth exploration of the age old philosophical theme of egotism v altruism told in a Yorkshire accent. Pete is the deeply flawed protagonist locked in a constant battle with his ego and against his self-destructive darker impulses. His journey to self knowledge makes for uncomfortable and frustrating reading at times, largely due to the brutal honesty of the writing. However, this is beautifully counterbalanced by frequent moments of humour, tenderness and poetic insight. An altogether impressive achievement in a debut novel.
- Karen McKenzie
- David Roberts