Today is my stop on the The Loss of Some Detail blog tour and I am here today with a guest post from the author!
Title: The Loss of Some Detail Author: Mandi Martin Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 17th March 2020 Format: Paperback Source:: N/A Add It:Waterstones. Goodreads. Summary: Forget all you know, for all you know might well be false.
That is how is often seems to asylum worker James Grey as he tends to the patients abandoned to Oculus Mentis, an austere asylum lost to the world. His day to day quite literally forgettable.
Slowly the world around him starts to change. Plagued by lucid dreams, a haunting drawing and visions of a pleading female he feels his mind is dissolving.
Aided by the enigmatic Silas and silent Marianne he seeks to solve the mysteries that are tormenting him.
My Favourite Books
By Mandi Martin
I have so many books I adore that it’s not easy to pick just five but here are the first that spring to mind!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte I have lost count how many times I have read this novel and how many copies I have gotten through due to this.
The story contains all the elements I love in a novel. Emotions, good and bad, beautifully painted and haunting scenery and characters that are relatable.
Cathy and Heathcliff are both captivating and disagreeable at the same time, their clash of personalities making them addicting to read about, accompanied by the images of wild moors and ghostly mists.
Every time I read this I see something new, something I love in any book.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill I am very fond of gothic literature and this book was a real treat. Without being disparaging I struggle to find modern works that have the same flow and imagery as the old masters but Susan Hill replicated this in The Woman in Black.
A proper, haunting ghost story that really sent shivers down my spine. I made the fatal error of reading it before I went to bed and every creak woke me up, a mistake I won’t repeat quickly!
She manages to create a vision I can like to M.R James, another author I am very fond of, crafting a horror story without copious gore but nonetheless frightening.
The Lesser Key of Solomon by Anonymous This one is a bit different. I think people can tell I enjoy the supernatural and take also encompasses the ‘true’ tales also.
This is an anonymous book on the subject of demonology, divided into five parts.
The part that intrigues me the most is the Ars Goetia which details the names and symbols of seventy two different demons. I actually find I sometimes get inspiration from reading about such creatures and I just find it very interesting, not much more I can add!
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell A semi-autobiographic novel by an Irish house painter and sign writer this book creates a picture of social, political and economic Britain at the time socialism was beginning to gain ground.
It is a moving account of the hardships workers faced when they had little to no rights, literally working themselves to death in the hope of enough money to keep a roof over their heads. A picture of a harsh reality and class divide that was not really too long ago.
Even though times have changed and the working class have more rights it still rings very true today and inspires me to do more in the hope of helping others and also reminds me how fortunate we are even though there is still work to be done.
The characters are relatable and both likeable and detestable in their own rights and both they and the story narrated create so many emotions. That is one of many reasons I am very fond of it, a good book not only opens a new world but makes you feel also.
The Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton This may seem childish and very different from the others on my list but I thought I would include it as it was one of my favourite books as a child and still is. I read it even though I am in my thirties when I feel low or unwell, an easy read and a nostalgic one.
Some names and language today may be considered politically incorrect but since that was simply the way it was, we cannot sugar coat the past.
I used to have most of Enid Blyton’s books but this series always remained a firm favourite. The idea of finding a tree that led to another land, meeting unique and quirky characters sparked by imagination. I remember I used to look for tall trees and wonder if they really reached the clouds and if indeed something wonderful, or not so wonderful, was hidden in the furthest boughs.
I never did find a big enough tree, but that never stopped me searching and pretending, and the everlasting child in me still would like to discover it!
About the Author
I’m in my thirties and I live in Ryde on the beautiful Isle of Wight although I was born in Birmingham.
There’s not really a lot to say about me really. I have Aspergers and writing became my outlet, social situations terrified me so I spent a lot of time writing poetry, drawing and losing myself in worlds of my own.
I absolutely adore animals; I prefer them to people, so my two cats clearly get away with almost anything.
I live with my brother and my mother and spending time with them is another highlight of my day. Although, I could do without the trial of socks and others pieces the former leaves in his wake.
Weather and health permitting I enjoy walking and also looking around graveyards, it possibly sounds morbid but the history and the artistry fascinate me.
I also collect lapel pin badges, I think I have over ten thousand now but I couldn’t say, I gave up counting ages ago, it was taking too long!