Time to Talk – Novel

Maxwell Frei sets himself up as a counsellor, and though his degree is not in psychology he has studied the subject and knows the score. Anti-depressants don’t work. As for the many therapies out there, they aren’t worth a row of beans. His attitude is simple: don’t listen to the experts, listen to the clients.

And everything goes well till one of them steps in front of a moving car and the police come knocking on his door. Now the focus of a criminal investigation, Max is scrambling to keep his secret from his friends in the art collective where he rents a studio while struggling to keep his girlfriend happy. But soon the questions start to pile up. It’s Time to Talk, but the more he says the worse it gets.

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The novel is set in Edinburgh, and the main characters often end up in cafés, usually because they have problems to discuss and decisions to make. For those who don’t know the city, the page Edinburgh Cafés gives a short guided tour.

Available in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Time to Talk – Paperback

Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (10 Oct 2013)
Language: English

Click here to purchase the paperback from Amazon

Time to Talk – Kindle version

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1178 KB
Print Length: 281 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Language: English

Click here to purchase the kindle edition from Amazon

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‘Poet and artistic adventurer Roderick Hart’s debut novel is a skillfully crafted and humorous exploration of the limitations of artifice and the importance of sincere human interactions, interwoven with a tale of intrigue for an intellectual crowd.’

‘Time To Talk is a charming and unpredictable story laden with quirky characters and sharp, playful writing.’
-Clarion Review

‘It is an intriguing reflection of human nature, albeit fiction, but each person is so well described that it is entirely believable and an enjoyable read.’
-Amazon review

‘Everyone should read this book, not only for its sparkling prose, but for the humorous skill with which the writer leads you through its maze of unpredictable but ultimately credible and satisfying events.’
-Amazon review

‘Within this story there is much debate about the serious subject of mental health and the treatments available, but all told with humour and insight that I found refreshing. It is rare to find such serious debates tackled in such a light conversational tone and accompanied by laughter.’
-Amazon review

‘Time To Talk is a captivating story you can’t put down. It’s well worth reading and I will be looking for more novels by this talented author.’
-Amazon review


6 thoughts on “Time to Talk – Novel

  1. Hi Rod, I’m very taken with this book after reading the first pages. I read on kindle and am wondering if I have to be on amazon prime (which I am not) to buy it. Look forward to hearing from you. Annika


  2. Hi Annika, as far as I know you don’t have to be on Amazon Prime to buy it, but you would need an Amazon account. Then you can buy a copy and download it to your device.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if it does not.


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  3. Thanks Rod. I do have an amazon account and have now bought this and look forward to reading it on the holiday. Just looked confusing as said prime next to the price. Take care.


  4. I managed to buy your book through Amazon Australia together with downloading the Amazon kindle.
    I loved reading it and just finished the last page this morning. It is a very funny tale and PG Wodehouse would agree. Very sharply written with great sense for characters and their foibles. Mr Frei seems to have developed the art of taking life with a grain of salt. At times I felt I was watching a play with the ‘warehouse’ being a stage.
    I hope it keeps on selling.


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