The Ice Marathon by Rosen Trevithick

cover imageNone of my family has ever suffered from depressive mental illness, so I have no personal experience of coping with the effects. I have watched various television programmes and read celebrity accounts describing the alternating bouts of depression and hyperactivity, but I have never felt that I had any real understanding.
This extraordinary book has changed that.
Emma is an intelligent, funny, caring, raunchy young woman with just one problem – bipolar disorder. She has learned from bitter experience how to control it with medication and a life regime that includes plenty of sleep. Pregnancy means the medication must stop and childbirth puts an end to the undisturbed nights.
The author brilliantly puts the reader inside Emma’s head as her world falls apart. As we only see through her eyes, like Emma we don’t know who she can trust and who she can’t.
This is a stunning novella: cleverly-constructed, well-paced – and very informative. I read it in a single session and felt as if I’d been pulled through an emotional mangle.

I bought it for Kindle from Amazon. The Ice Marathon

Pompomberry House by Rosen Trevithick

cover imageThis is a delightful journey into the angst-ridden world of the indie author. No one escapes ridicule: the obsessively self-promoting, deluded ‘authors’; the ascerbic reviewer acting as the self-appointed guardian of literary standards; the traditional publisher bewildered by the rapidly-growing, amorphous enemy at the gates. But this is much more than just a funny book, nominally of the crime genre,¬†accurately aimed at some deserving targets; it’s an entertaining tale very cleverly structured using the obvious plot devices commonly found in novels of the common genres – so the whole dull, formulaic book industry is under fire. It seems to me that here we have a very talented writer hoisting the standard of what indie publishing should be about.

I bought it for Kindle from Amazon. Other formats are available. Pompomberry House