Coming Soon: Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee
Midas PR are very pleased to be working once again with publisher Hideaway Fall on M Jonathan Lee‘s latest novel Drift Stumble Fall (12th April 2018, Paperback Original). Following on from Jonathan’s previous work Broken Branches, this new novel is a darkly humorous commentary on the fragility of family life, and a modern fascination with the grass always being greener on the other side.
Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richard’s existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.
Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bill’s world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richard’s bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other people’s lives are not always what they seem.
About the author:
The author of five novels, M Jonathan Lee is a tireless mental health awareness campaigner, working closely with organisations including Mind, Time to Change and Rethink and blogs regularly for Huffington Post. Having personally experienced anxiety and depression during his life, Jonathan draws on his experiences to inform his writing. Jonathan campaigns tirelessly to remove the stigma associated with mental health problems and as well as working with various charities, he is regularly speaks at local schools and colleges on writing and mental health and is currently spearheading a local outreach project in which local churches provide assistance to those affected by anxiety and depression. He is also a repeat guest on BBC Radio Sheffield talking about mental health. Before writing full-time, Jonathan held a senior position in a FTSE100 company. He lives in Barnsley, Yorkshire, with his second wife, five children, two cats and a dog.
Based in Yorkshire, Jonathan began writing seriously in 2006, shortly after the suicide of his brother, Simon, and his own struggle with anxiety and depression. It took nearly five years for Jonathan to write his first novel, The Radio – a black- comedy which deals with suicide which was shortlisted for The Novel Prize 2012 (for unpublished authors) and subsequently published in 2013. This was followed by The Page, released in 2014, a novel telling the story of a man coping with the death of his first wife on his first holiday without her. In 2015, Jonathan’s most personal novel, A Tiny Feeling of Fear was released and has since won a number of prizes including ‘Book of the Year 2016’ on TheBookReviewers.com. The novel deals with depression and anxiety first hand, forming the basis of the documentary short, Hidden, directed by Simon Gamble and released in 2016. Jonathan’s fourth novel, Broken Branches was published in 2017, telling the story of a family haunted by an ancient curse. Jonathan’s publisher Hideaway Fall is a new independent publishing house based in Yorkshire, aiming to support local and Northern based authors who write kooky, unique and astonishing fiction.
Praise for M Jonathan Lee
‘Original and inspired’ – Milly Johnson, Sunday Times best-selling novelist
‘Gripping, with clever twists, spine-tingling scares and heart-wrenching moments’ – Candis, selected Broken Branches as Book of the Month September 2017
‘An unusual and moving novel that will keep you thinking about it for days afterwards.’ – Culture Fly
‘A beautifully-written piece that sticks with the reader well beyond the last page. Not to be missed.’ – Reader Dad
‘It is moving. It is brave!’ – Northern Crime Review
‘Thoroughly compelling, totally captivating, and utterly brilliant book!’ – Emma The Little Bookworm
‘A gorgeous book about grief and guilt that will stay with me for a long time.’ – Bloomin’ Brilliant Books
‘I had every intention of just reading a couple of chapters, but before I knew it I had devoured the book in one sitting.’ – All About The Book Blog