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Graven Image: a Novella [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Williams
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It knocks the wind out of you, reality does...

Brothel bouncer Leon shouldn't be here. A week ago he stepped over the line, maiming a violent VIP punter. But he can't stay away. Not with his daughter Kelly being so young and vulnerable. If he can sort it out with Graven, take the punishment he knows he is due, maybe they can call it a debt paid. But when Kelly goes missing Leon realises what kind of debt is due.

All is not as it seems in this fast-paced novella from the author of Stairway to Hell and the acclaimed Royston Blake series.


"The Nerd urges you, dear reader, to get your hands on some Graven Image toot-sweet, to let Leon take you on a journey through both the dark alleys of his hometown and those of his diseased brain. Granted, Leon's gonna give you a laugh now and then, but mostly he's just making sure this intense crazy train never slows for a second lest he get a horrifying moment to reflect."
- Nerd of Noir, Spinetingler

"Blends a blistering storyline with deep-lying themes of redemption and guilt, of men trying to do the right thing in hard circumstances, and manages to be thoroughly realistic, despite self-delusion on the parts of the narrator. On this evidence, the future of British crime writing is very bright indeed."
- Doug Johnstone, Big Issue Scotland


"So original that other writers must be gnashing their teeth in jealousy"
- The Guardian

"Charlie Williams has created a stunningly original noir world of his own"
- Jason Starr

"Deserves attention for sheer originality and complete disregard for conventional plot"
- Sunday Business Post

"Possibly the best British writer working today. He is the ideal adult humourist - someone whose jokes kick for the gut and often say far more than you realise upon a first reading - and he is also an astute modern commentator, someone with something to say about the darkness that is modern life"
- Russel D McLean

"Even through all of his offbeat humour, there is no mistaking that Charlie Williams is a writer who has something to say"
- Nicholas Blincoe

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Sit somewhere comfortable and hold on tight. --Guardian

About the Author

Charlie Williams is the author of Stairway to Hell and the Mangel trilogy of books, set in Worcester. His short stories have appeared in good crime magazines and his short film, Ark, appeared at Cannes (OK, in the short film section). He lives in Worcester and knows about sauce.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 202 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbous Moon (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZR0CHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Worcester in 1971, Charlie Williams has written seven novels that have been published in five languages. Most belong in the crime category but there is often overlap with horror, sf and just plain weird, with no real game-plan to fit into any genre at all.

The Mangel series (DEADFOLK, BOOZE AND BURN*, KING OF THE ROAD, ONE DEAD HEN and MADE OF STONE) are all narrated by Royston Blake, head doorman at the premier nightclub in a hellish small town. Each was written so it stands alone and can be read independently of the others. The Guardian said of them "this is gloriously funny stuff and so original that other writers must be gnashing their teeth in jealousy".

STAIRWAY TO HELL is about a pub singer who finds out his body hosts the transmigrated soul of David Bowie, courtesy of some 70s voodoo by Jimmy Page. Although fiction, the story was based around true events. Go to and check the Stairway to Hell page for more on that.

Other works include GRAVEN IMAGE (a novella about a brothel bouncer with a debt to pay) and YOUR PLACE IS IN THE SHADOWS (a collection of six short stories).

All of these books have received great reviews, some of which you can read here on Amazon. But steer clear if you hate swearing or love political correctness.

* original UK title: FAGS AND LAGER

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 6 Jan. 2012
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In Graven Image, Charlie Williams pushes his canny feel for life's absurdity in a different direction to his fantastic Mangel books. This punchy novella is gripping, exciting, funny, experimental and very, very moving. Simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graven Image by Charlie Williams 23 Oct. 2012
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Only a short paperback, but a brilliant tale with all of Charlie Williams usual wit and banter. Well worth the asking price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars wtf!! 22 Aug. 2013
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i tried and treid to understand where this book was going, but i got to be honest i was left a little in the dark, i really have no clue as to what it was a bout or why !! i am sure not all his books are like this so will definitely try a different one.
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