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.
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.
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Time to Talk – Paperback
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (10 Oct 2013)
Time to Talk – Kindle version
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1178 KB
Print Length: 281 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’