The Conditions Series is easily the work closest to my heart. Conditions was my first ever novel and I packed it with the things that I knew and that I wanted people to know about. I am delighted to find the sequel CONDITIONED resonated so well with this reviewer:
Conditioned by Christoph Fischer is a well-written thought provoking story that does not disappoint. I have been following this author’s works for years and enjoying his stories, including this one that tackles all aspects of the human condition without glossing over. The characters from the prequel, Conditions, are revisited but this time I love how it starts with a wedding invite instead of centering on a death and funeral. The wedding and related events (involving a hospital emergency room and more than one of the plot’s characters) with all the multifaceted relationship issues unfolded at a fast pace making this a very easy engaging read. Without retelling the story let me say this, Fischer can write and tell a compelling story that engages and entertains. This one in particular takes it a step further in getting the reader to think, about tolerance and being judgmental. He challenges us to look at ourselves, beyond the façade of social machinations and opinions that separate and divide, into the depth of our humanness and how we all struggle to overcome the hard situations life throws at us. This story looks at the group of friends and doesn’t bring it to a neat and tidy happy ending for all, and that’s real, it isn’t how life goes. Some of us learn, grow, change, and shine, others continue to act out the same-old, same-old, and don’t seem to ever learn. It’s a really good read that resonates authentic. This is where Fischer shines.
CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.
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Why #alcoholism #domesticabuse and #codependency ?
It would be an exaggeration (maybe) to say I have been through all of those myself. But, it is something I know more about than I would care for.
In my youthful, hedonistic days I drank a lot and I saw some close party friends of mine lose control over their drinking and recreational pleasures.
Many also clang on to very unhealthy and literally damaging relationships. I sat with some at lawyers, police stations and A&E, only to see them return to their torturers.
I, too, stayed for far too long in one relationship that was, although not physically violent, very volatile and emotionally draining and abusive.
Looking back I can see that it could easily have become more destructive had we stayed together.
It took me years to recover and to trust people again.
I wanted to portray the thought and behaviour patterns that hold people in their self-made prisons, which is why I added some of the characters in the Conditions series.
I keep witnessing very bad relationships and have learned just how wide-spread a problem they are. Unless we all speak up and make it part of what is openly discussed and acknowledged, victims of abuse will think they are alone in this and have no hope. Unless we share what we know, witnesses to these relationships will not recognise them for what they are and will not know how to provide help and support.
The Conditions Series touches upon those issues (amongst others), hoping to bring them into the mainstream and the wider conscious.
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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.
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.