London (PRWEB UK) 7 July 2011
A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom, by UK-based debut novelist James Howell, already has a growing army of online fans, even though it goes on general release for the first time this week.
So far 1,400 people worldwide have signed up to the Facebook fan page prior to publication by the independent Amygdala Press. With the novel launching in electronic formats and paperback, the story of the rise and decline of journalist Hannah Harker will reach a global audience and promises to be the underground hit of the summer.
Author James Howell said: “Hannah Harker will be loved by some readers, and hated by others, but her story will force everyone to look at their own life and confront some very uncomfortable questions.
“Her actions and the consequences will sicken many people, but the underlying motivation behind what she does is simply to live a happy and rewarding life instead of being trampled into dull mediocrity by rules, authority and social convention.
“Everyone is capable of achieving more than they currently do, and hopefully Hannah Harker will provide a twisted inspiration for people to wake up and start living their lives.”
Mandy Sullivan, Operations Director at Amygdala Press, said: “There seems to be a growing demand for novels about strong, complex and off-the-wall female characters and the word-of-mouth interest we have seen across social media for A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom has identified a very clear audience for us.
“The preview copies we offered Facebook fans sold out in days and the feedback has been incredible. People have been telling us that this is a story which gets into your head and stays there, whether you like it or not.
"Readers are really going to engage with the character Hannah Harker and we see this as just the first in a series of extreme and shocking adventures for her.”
Hannah Harker is bored. Her tedious job as a local newspaper reporter is grinding her soul to dust and she cannot find anything to interest or excite her.
Refusing to accept an average life of anonymity, she decides to tear up all the rule books and do everything in her power to find a cure for this boredom.
Free from the shackles of social convention and morality, she sets off down a dark and dangerous path that will change her forever.
A terrible tragedy of her own making sends her spiralling into meltdown and the lives of countless people get dragged into her twisted world.
Embarking on a brutal journey through Asia, she befriends arms dealers in Thailand, gangsters in Hong Kong and terrorists in Malaysia, while breaking the hearts of men and women at every turn.
As the clock ticks down to a shattering conclusion, the world can only pray that she self-destructs before creating the most staggering news event in history.
For more information visit http://www.disturbed-girl.com or call 0044 20 7193 3745