Today I’m writing a promotion for Michael Murray’s novel, Leefdale.
As well as being the author of Magnificent Britain, Julia’s Room, and the best-selling detective novel, A Single to Filey, Michael has been my other half for over forty years.
Leefdale was published as a Kindle ebook earlier this year. The novel explores how both individuals and a community respond to change. Its themes are concord and discord, inclusion and exclusion, the liberating power of Art and the complex nature of Love.
It’s a long free sample because Leefdale is a long novel, over 300,000 words. My iPad estimates that Leefdale has twelve hours of reading time. Great for readers who like to get lost in a book for a good few hours.
Leefdale is busily preparing for the 2001 Magnificent Britain Gardening Competition. Major Howard Roberts is obsessed with gaining the fifth consecutive gold medal for the village. Unfortunately, the sale of The Old Rectory and its exemplary gardens threatens his hopes and those of many of Leefdale’s residents.
Sleepy, picturesque Leefdale soon becomes a place of petty, bitter conflict which attracts the attention of a boorish political reporter and the national media who are, coincidentally, in pursuit of a much bigger story.
An estate agent with unconventional domestic arrangements; the taken-for-granted wife of a Tory politician; an emotionally traumatised drama therapist and an overworked and frustrated artist are just some of the diverse characters whose lives become entangled and dramatically changed following the sale of The Old Rectory.
I hope you’ll have time to visit the Leefdale book-page, read some of the free sample and hopefully find yourself hooked. You might need to know that there is a little strong language in the novel but nothing that you won’t have heard before!
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