Miriam Murcutt is a former journalist and editor with wide experience in the publishing industry. She has an MA in English Literature and now works full-time as a writer. She is the author of five books published in seven countries. She is also a volunteer interviewer for a Carnegie Library oral history archive and a member of the Authors Guild and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Miriam’s narrative non-fiction books include: Lost in Tibet (The Lyons Press); Along the River that Flows Uphill – from the Orinoco to the Amazon (Haus Publishing); A Room with a Pew – Sleeping Our Way Through Spain’s Ancient Monasteries (The Lyons Press); Greenland for $1.99 (Prestwicke Publishing). Her novels include: In A Town Called Paradox (Prestwicke Publishing), awarded the ‘Indie Books We Love’ designation by LoveReadingUK.
Richard Starks is an award-winning journalist, editor and publisher, and now a full-time author. He has written fiction and non-fiction in genres that include crime, horror, travel and true-life adventure. His books have been published in six languages. He wrote the novelization of one of David Cronenberg’s early scripts, and he has written for television. He is a long-standing member of the Authors Guild.
Richard’s narrative non-fiction books include: Lost in Tibet (The Lyons Press); Along the River that Flows Uphill – from the Orinoco to the Amazon (Haus Publishing); A Room with a Pew – Sleeping Our Way Through Spain’s Ancient Monasteries (The Lyons Press); Greenland for $1.99 (Prestwicke Publishing). His recent novels include: Money Doesn’t Talk, It Kills (Prestwicke Publishing) and In A Town Called Paradox (Prestwicke Publishing), awarded the ‘Indie Books We Love’ designation by LoveReadingUK.
Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks have aptly titled their fictitious town in the U.S. because the central theme of the book set 'In a Town Called Paradox' is one of conflict. The authors have explored the humanity of their main characters in depth, against the breath-taking but unforgiving background of the Utah landscape, and taken their readers right along with them. The story is about the relationship between two young people, Corin and Ark, who are both torn between love and resentment towards their respective parents for what they see as their betrayal and abandonment at an early age. But this is not simply a story in which a couple find redemption in their love for each other, it touches upon so many other conflicts that were rife in the 50s, when the book is set, and are still present today. We, the readers, are invited to consider the paradox of one person's 'truth' being another's 'fiction', just as in the movies, which feature prominently. Important issues are raised and examined...religious faith and the possibility of an afterlife, race discrimination, protection of the environment, sexual harassment and rape, homophobia, police corruption and euthanasia to name but several. This book will grab your attention from page one and will possibly have you re-thinking your stance on some of these issues but as the authors say, through one of their characters, 'We live in a non-deterministic world - one in which there are no certainties, only probabilities' but I hope that the probability here will be that you will read and thoroughly enjoy this book, as I did. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador