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Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde #BookReview

Backstories by Simon Van der Velde

Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves, they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth?

These are people you know, but not as you know them. Peel back the mask and see.

‘Humanity shimmers at the heart of every tale…and it is this that resonates, long after each mystery has been solved.’ – Caroline Ward Vine, winner of the Costa Prize.

‘Ingenious idea, brilliantly executed’ – Daily Mirror

My Review

This book is a series of short stories focusing on violent, traumatic and life-changing events that have actually happened to different celebrities, musicians and other famous people. Each story is a mystery and you’re eagerly listening out for clues so you can figure out who the story is about!

I was lucky enough to listen to and review the audio version of this book. None of the stories is longer than about 16 or 17 minutes, some are under 5 minutes. I found these excellent to listen to on my commute to work in the morning, getting the brain cells ticking over while solving my own personal mystery.

These micro in-depth character studies of people who we think we are already familiar with are fascinating. Once you have figured out who the story is actually about, you are left pondering about the person themselves. How they have been affected, what are they like today and is this an accurate portrayal of them.

This is a wonderfully unique idea and I am so pleased that it’s been explored.

Even better – Backstories 2 is due out soon!!!

If you’re a fan of short razor-sharp fiction and mysteries, you cannot afford to this this!

About the Author

Backstories – Crimeculture

Simon Van der Velde has worked variously as a barman, laborer, teacher, caterer and lawyer, as well as traveling throughout Europe and South America collecting characters for his award-winning stories. Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) in 2010, Simon’s work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including; The Yeovil Literary Prize, (twice), The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Prize, and The Harry Bowling Prize – establishing him as one of the UK’s foremost short-story writers.

Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with his wife, labradoodle and two tyrannical children.

You can follow Simon on Twitter @simonvdvwriter

To get your own personal copy click here.

This book is dedicated to the victims of violent crime, the struggle against discrimination in all its forms and making the world a better place for our children. That is why 30% of all profits will be shared between Stop Hate UK, The North East Autism Society and Friends of the Earth.

Thank you so much for reading.

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