The proof copy of my new novel Conditions has arrived today. Bringing us closer to the planned publication of October 16th

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My dear friend and talented designer Daz Smith has come up with this great cover, based on a key scene in the book.

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CONDITIONS – the blurb:

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 

The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.

Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

The book is on Goodreads for now, publication planned for mid-October 2014

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The first review is in, too:

“Christoph Fischer has done it again, in his great tale, Conditions. A writer of great warmth and depth, Fischer draws the reader in from the first sentence, where the rhythmic bleep of the life support machine sounds like a countdown. The reader is drawn into that hospital room and tension builds with the introduction of characters. The chapters move along like a journey through life, a clever ride through all and what it is to be human. On the backdrop of a funeral, two estranged brothers come together in what is sure to take the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. The challenge of a good writer is to elicit those emotions in the reader and Fischer does not disappoint as he describes in brilliant dialogue and scenes conflicts over material things, mental suffering, prejudices, and the anxiety over all that funeral setting engender and give rise to. A quick read that embraces a couple of weeks, with the characters developing to resemble family the reader can relate with; the tough guy with the soft interior, the odd ball that is difficult to be around, all the flavors and shades inhabited by the rest of us out here. Conditions is a book not to be missed.”
Paulette Mahurin author of “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap” and “His name was Ben“, released this week.

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“Conditions” will be a strange and special occurence for me. I am going back to the very first book I’ve ever written.  Five years ago I was working on  a training manual when I decided to experiment with writing fiction.  The planned short story grew quickly and when it reached 36 pages and showed no sign of ending I abandoned the course and continued writing.  I put it aside and wrote my other novels. “Conditions” had a lot of the typical errors that a first book can have and I never was sure if I would ever be able to publish it. Ever so often I returned to it and made changes and improvements. The book underwent plenty of re-writes and edits but now I feel it might resonate well with some of those readers who liked “Time To Let Go”. 

I used to go to a lot of funerals when I was in my teens and might have developed a morbid fascination at the dynamics and processes involved. I also loved “Six Feet Under”, a TV series set in a funeral home. 

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I grew up as a bibliophile in a very macho and sports orientated environment  and always bonded more with the odd characters and outsiders rather than the prom queens and sports heroes. Over the years I have met and befriended many other “misfits”. In this respect the novel is probably the most personal book to me. The events and characters are all a figment of my imagination.  Re-telling something that has happened already has never had an appeal to me as a writer.

I imagine Tony somewhat hardened boxer type with a light gentle touch and Charles like Alan Cummings, Johnny Depp or even Benedict Cumberbatch in some of their more eccentric roles. The story has been likened to The Breakfast Club – I don’t know if that’s true as I have not seen that one yet. I am toying with a sequel for this book already since it all takes place only in the space of two weeks. I hope to have the book ready for publication in October 2014.

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