Friday, 1 July 2016

My Top Ten indie books for #IndiePrideDay

I've been using the #IndieBooksBeSeen hashtag on twitter
for ages now, but didn't realise quite how much of a campaign was behind it until Canadian author Mark Shaw got in touch with me last week. He told me about the annual IndiePrideDay celebrations across social media sites which aims to make a big splash in promoting indie authors and their work across the world. You can find out more about today's event on the IndieBooksBeSeen website.

I have decided to support the Day by blogging a new indie authored story book review on Literary Flits and revisiting some of my favourite indie books over here. This post turned out to be more of a challenge than I had expected because I didn't realise I had so many to choose from. My intended Top Five swiftly ballooned into a Top Ten! I hope you enjoy discovering these books too. They're in no particular order, but I think give a good cross-section of all the indie books I have read.


Swans Are Fat Too by Michelle Granas

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'Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return.'


Not The End by Kate Vane

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'No one pays much attention to octogenarian sea swimmer Maud Smith, recently arrived from Portugal. But when she drowns and her body is washed up on a Devon beach, she changes the lives of three people she never met.'


Singled Out by Julie Lawford

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'Brenda Bouverie has come on a singles holiday to Turkey to escape. Intent on indulgence, she’s looking for sun, sea and distraction from a past she would give anything to change. But on this holiday no one is quite who they seem. First impressions are unreliable and when the sun goes down, danger lies in wait.'


The Narrowboat Lad by Daniel Mark Brown

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'At the age of 25 during the summer of 2012 Dan found his ideal home, the fact that it was nearly 100 miles of canal away from his workplace, friends and family gave him a rough and ready introduction to what it meant to own a boat as his first task was to travel the slow way home... in his home.'


Nemesis by Louise Marley

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'Fifteen years ago Natalie found her sister lying dead in a lily pond. Now she’s written a book based on the murder. In every interview she gives, she talks about the diary her sister kept, which lists her lovers under code names. Natalie’s intention is to lure the murderer into the open but, as she’s about to find out, you can’t pick and choose which secrets are revealed - and which ones stay hidden.'


Shadows Of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

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'1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense. When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.'


The Secrets Of Islay by Robert Kroeger

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'The story begins with seven people enjoying a single malt tasting in a distillery on Islay, a small Gaelic-speaking community in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Their challenge is to solve the puzzle, "quid est veritas." One of the group, Caballo Blanco, a re-invented version of the original, has an idea that might unearth answers: to stage a golf tournament and marathon on the island. The golf and marathon are successful but do the seven find the answers?'


The True Picture by Alison Habens

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'True – Vera, Picture – Icon: Veronica might be a myth but in ‘the true picture’ she is a glamorous dye-dealer from ancient Tyre, an ex-temple dancer with a dark past, who gives up the purple trade, a towering hairstyle and all her jewellery, to follow Jesus to Jerusalem in around AD 33. Her story is closely based on gospel history but with a quirky modern twist!'


Anhedonia by Nico Reznick

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'As his self-destructive behaviour escalates and his self-loathing deepens, Alex is relentlessly, savagely cross-examined and berated by the voice of his own conscience, which speaks to him in the sneering, righteous tones of a retired TV news show host. When Edie, a former grief conquest, shows up out of his sordid past, Alex is not sure if she’s here to save him or destroy him, and he can’t decide which is the more terrifying prospect.'


Niedermayer And Hart by M J Johnson

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'Jim Latimer reads of fellow photographer John Loxton's suicide in a daily newspaper. An old friend offers Jim an opportunity to take over Loxton's next assignment. He enters the orbit of Niedermayer And Hart, porcelain dealers with elegant headquarters in Hove. Jim's friends Ruth and Erich sense something isn't right and try to warn him. He is brought face to face with a terrifying manifestation of evil that had its inception in mediaeval Acre.'


As an FYI, all the Buy links are affiliate links so I would get a few pennies should you click through and purchase a book. If you agree with my SmallSteps blog post and are looking to BuyBritish, then Waterstones is a British business and many independent British bookshops list their stock via Abebooks although the website itself is owned by Amazon. The Amazon Catch 22 irony doesn't escape me - many indie authors only publish their work as ebooks and find Amazon to be their most successful selling venue. Yet from a BuyBritish perspective, Amazon is an American-owned company that doesn't pay its full UK tax liability. Amazon also now owns The Book Depository.
If you would like to ShopLocal then localbookshops.co.uk lists independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland who may be able to order physical copies of some of these books for you.
Kate Vane, Julie Lawford, Daniel Mark Brown, Alison Habens and Nico Reznick are English authors. Louise Marley and M J Johnson are Welsh.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for including Singled Out on your Top Ten Indie list - I'm really chuffed! And it's particularly special to receive a recommendation from you, as I know what a prolific reader you are. So much appreciated... And I think I'll take a closer look at some of the others you recommended now too!

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    1. Please do :-) So many great indie books out there!

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  2. Thank you, Stephanie! I'm thrilled you've chosen to included Nemesis -and it's in such great company! x

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    1. You're so welcome! Love a good indie book :-)

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  3. I love that you are supporting this! I'm definitely going to add some of these to my summer reading list, great post! Have a safe and happy 4th! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Thanks Kim! I thoroughly enjoyed looking back through all my indie reads and remembering good books :-)

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  4. I haven't read any of these! I don't read a ton of indie books though, even though I'd like to read more. S

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    1. Swans Are Fat Too sounds interesting!

      Sorry I sent the above message before I was done by mistake lol!

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    2. It's annoying when that happens, isn't it!

      Swans Are Fat Too was a chance purchase for me so I was especially happy when the book turned out to be so good

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  5. Anhedonia by Nico Reznick is currently free on Amazon for a limited time. Buy it here: http://amzn.to/29roqMF

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