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About Harry Lang
I wrote my first book, Parabolic, when on gardening leave from my previous career in advertising 9 years ago. It follows AJ, a young man diagnosed with stomach cancer who runs away from his illness with his friend Bench, trying to make sense of his impending death and live a semblance of a full life in the months he has left as he travels around the world.
I wrote my second novel, Try Morality, in 2014. It's a collection of intertwined stories all related to moral quandaries and how right and wrong can never be considered as simple as black and white.
You can read my articles on marketing, gambling and esports here:- https://medium.com/@BrandArchitects
My favourite books and authors, and the inspiration for my own writing include the following greats:-
100 Years of Solitude, the Diving Bell & the Butterfly, The Diceman, Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Louis De Berniere's trilogy, Giles Milton, David Mitchell, Douglas Coupland, Harlan Coburn, Brett Easton Ellis (except the last one I read), William Blake, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Irvine Welsh and Haruki Murakami.
I hope you enjoy reading my books and please leave a review - it all helps!
Thanks in advance,
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On how you act".
Try Morality is a novel of ten stories, each themed around many and varied moral quandaries. Starting in the trenches of Thiepval in World War 1 you'll meet Chappy Snowden, a man for whom life is worth considerably less than the value of a friendship. You'll then move to a post-apocalyptic future where Ishmael’s role as a Moral Guardian among four hundred survivors is to ascertain where mankind’s moral compass should point.
Next, Soren Kam - an SS Officer escaping Berlin with his lover Luna and friend, fellow Nazi Obersturmführer Herman. It’s Luna’s moral choices that Ishmael is asked to observe and arbitrate in the future.
You’ll also get to meet these characters and more along the way:-
A father destroyed by the rape of his teenage daughter, intent on the most hideous revenge imaginable
Lucy Foulds, a pensioner poet unable to unburden herself from childhood abuse
Grant Schwartz – a gambling entrepreneur who wants to take down the Billionaire classes
Oswald Cunting Dory, a Tourette’s sufferer with OCD trying to get his friends out of a stereotype
The director of R&D for British American Tobacco – enacting a lifelong plan to end big Tobacco
Simon Pendecker – a British spy turned deep cover estate agent. He’s James Bond, if Bond were an utter bastard
‘Try Morality’ is David Mitchell meets Douglas Coupland with a smattering of Julian Barnes and the subterfuge of Irvine Welsh.
Try Morality is fun in parts, sad in others and occasionally drops into the dark, where at its core it holds a moral ambiguity that is the essence of everyone’s lives.
Meet AJ - he's 26, having a blast and certifiably dead from cancer within the next few months. He's also an atheist, so his hopes for a party in the afterlife are slim to none. He's stolen the money raised by friends for his chosen charity in the hope of living a life before it all ends. This is his story.
Meet Bench - AJ's friend, cohort and the kind of irresponsible wanker parents dread. He's AJ's backup as the pair disappear around the world.
Meet Polly - AJ's ex girlfriend. To most people, he was punching well above his weight anyway.
Meet Matty - AJ's best friend. He's not that pleased with what the guys are up to, but knows that AJ needs to work out what he's going to do with his life, what's left of it.
This is Parabolic. AJ's life story in it's tragic brevity. Follow his spiral into debauchery and excess as he struggles to work out how to finish his existence on his own terms.
Parabolic reminds us all how important even the tiniest things can be.