Two short novels straddling the five years between 1989 - 1994, "Disorientation," the first, is a crude, rude and rapidly paced novel that charts the life and times of "John" from May to August 1989 after his return from working in Israel, to London and then through to his departure again for Thailand four months later. Taken from a typewritten manuscript produced over the summer of that year, "Disorientation" records one young man's splintered existence, fractured past and uncertain future. While events beyond his control redraw the world's political, geographical and economical maps, his everyday life remains unchanged and forever daunting, day-to-day survival the only objective, a life skating on the edges of survival, flirting with dangers, strangers, drugs, drink, casual work and casual sex. "A Teesside Voice," set in 1994 in London at the dawn of mobile communications, is a strident commentary on Thatcherism. Rob Barlow, a Class-A drug-dealing northern immigrant to the capital, is inextricably tangled up in this highly lucrative but dangerous business. Money is designed to buy things yet it seems Rob, who has thousands lying around his unfurnished luxury apartment in London's Chalk Farm, only uses it to make more. Despite living in a decadent, material world where everything has an over-inflated price, Rob exists on less than the essential: drugs, cigarettes, rent, booze, taxis and luck. He has no friends - only customers, and they pay him to take the risks they daren't. Emotional contact is reduced to brief sexual exchanges, human contact to voices on telephones and, when one voice in particular starts to threaten him, his anaesthetized world unravels just enough to offer a splinter of redemption, but at what price?
- Paperback | 234 pages
- 152 x 229 x 18mm | 454g
- 22 Mar 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Tony Stowers
Tony Stowers was born into a working class family in North East England in 1963 and left secondary school at age 15. Often in trouble, his saving grace was a passion for reading, writing and acting. At 18 he decided he'd be a writer and actor. From that moment on he hasn't stopped. Though returning to part-time education to increase his skills and knowledge and spending three years full-time at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama from 1985 - 88, he has never received a formal degree-level education. A published poet and performance poet, he also lived in London for 11 years, Darlington for 4 years and Gateshead-Newcastle for 4 years and has lived in France since 2006. He has written 25 theatre plays and both they and his performance skills have been reviewed by Time Out, The Stage and The Guardian in the UK. He has run two professional theatre companies as Writer-Actor-Director, employed up to 50 actors and artists, toured in the UK and Europe and published 15 books. He mostly concentrates his writing on his own life experience and often with a working class perspective. His style is workmanlike, absent of frills and too much over-ornamentation. Self-taught and largely self-educated, he now teaches English in France and continues to write. Six of his plays have been translated into French.