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About Paul Bisson
Paul Bisson hails from the Channel Island of Jersey. Various photographs and some semi-reliable witness testimony confirm that he spent his twenties in North London, before heading home to his beloved rock where he continues to teach English and play guitar. Always a scribbler, he has contributed stories to various local anthologies, written three novels – Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds (2013), Marigold Dark (2015) and Soledad (2019) – and is currently vice-chairman of the Jersey Festival of Words.
Come say hello to @LeBiss on Twitter, or for a more general sift of his wares go directly to www.paulbisson.com.
It’s down to one man to put things right. Unfortunately that man is Marigold Dark, part-time private investigator, occasional buffoon and full-time drunk. Setting out to discover the link between these events and the shadowy figures that are threatening his daughter, our hapless detective soon finds himself a wanted man. Now Marigold must call upon a rogues' gallery of contacts to piece together the details of his latest case and confound his enemies, all the while battling the greatest threat of all...himself.
'A racy dystopian thriller,' Oliver Bullough, The Guardian
'A wonderful book...hilarious and tragic in equal measure,' Kris Marshall, Death in Paradise
A very funny, tense and surprisingly moving read...impossible to put down,' David Sellars
A modern-day reimagining of Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men for fans of A Boy Made of Blocks and Bad Education.
Life at the bottom of the ladder has taken its toll on Stephen Green’s latest English class. As the new term breaks over Campbell College he’s struggling to inspire the Students That Time Forgot, aka The Lifers.
Enter cheery oddball Callum Child and his long-suffering friend Ben Foster, who join Stephen’s small group of misfits after Callum is thrown off his course for sexting. Sick of bumping along on the bottom Ben has an idea for making money via Youtube, and soon he and the Lifers find themselves in possession of that most deadly of creatures: a plan.
It isn’t long before things take a turn and Stephen is forced to intervene to thwart disaster. As his marriage and career begin to crumble around him he finds himself championing Callum and the Lifers against a broken system and their own nature... but at what cost?
'I loved this book...cuts to the heart of why (most) teachers do what we do, despite all of the challenges and frustrations. Highly recommended!' Dr Emma Kell, How To Survive in Teaching
'A modern take on a literary classic...a sophisticated and compelling read' - Dreena Collins, The Blue Hour
'Fresh, honest and real...immensely entertaining' - Amazon Reviewer
'a touching and soulful story' Jed Tales, Amazon reviewer
'sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious' Jimston, Amazon reviewer
They woke up this morning...
Famous Texas bluesman Coyote Jack has agreed to join The Bluebirds for a one night gig at their UK home venue. Freshly dumped by his fiancee, singer Charlie French hopes that this is the start of bigger and better things for him and his friends. Alas, the band's blues have only just begun. A series of misfortunes threatens to clip the Bluebirds' wings, and as their eccentric guest staggers from one embarrassing calamity to the next Coyote Jack's credibility is called into question.
Have mercy! - it's not the Texan's fault. The airline lost his damn guitar, the Stetson wouldn't fit in his luggage, these middle class white kids don't know diddly about the blues...it's no wonder old Coyote's flustered. Right?
There’s another problem. Charlie’s band – and therefore Charlie’s world - is about to fall apart. Guitarist and old friend Rupert Rathwell-Stubbs is secretly plotting his escape from the Bluebirds, his place among top London act The Molten Few assured if he can pull off one final betrayal of his friends. The demands of motherhood have been proving too much for bass player Anne Marie Pinto, and now the discovery of her husband’s infidelity is about to knock her flat. Unaware of his role in Rupert’s devious designs drummer Oz Watkins awakes smitten with his latest conquest, achingly aware that she’s fallen for the Rock God he no longer wants to be.
The blues, the real blues, are about to hit the Bluebirds. Hard.
Spanning a single Saturday afternoon and culminating in a riotous musical climax the novel traces the disintegration of the band and the gradual unmasking - and redemption - of the clownish Coyote Jack. Forced to face their respective truths the Bluebirds find themselves struggling to make sense of their lives, their loyalties and the blues itself as the clock ticks down and a full house gathers…
'Quirky, witty and original' - Glover Wright, author of Aurora
'Brilliantly executed' - John Hanley, author of Against the Tide