A Little Piece of Mind

By Giles Paley-Phillips

By the author of One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days

Poetry | Thriller
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A unique neo-noir psychological novel written in verse, inspired by the works of Raymond Chandler and filmmaker David Lynch.

The story evolves around Hobs, a young adult, trying to fathom the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of Jenni, the girl he's fallen in love with, and her associations with Mike Bilk, a local businessman who is running for office. As he journeys deeper into the dark underbelly of his idyllic suburban hometown he starts to lose his grip on reality, not knowing what is real, what isn't, and above all if there is anyone left he can trust.

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Praise for Giles Paley-Phillips's One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days
‘Oh God, a novel made up of poems about a teenage boy whose mother is dying and it captures so much sorrow and confusion. It’s BRILLIANT’ Marian Keyes
‘Giles Paley-Phillips has written a beautiful honest heartstopping bookpoem about grief. His enormous gorgeous heart is laid bare. Thoroughly recommended' Dawn French
‘This book is superb, moving and beautiful’ Nick Offerman
‘Giles writes with such elegance, he finds the very pinpoint of a scene and conveys it so precisely, it feels as though you are standing there alongside him. Just wonderful’ Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
‘Will resonate with anyone who has suffered a loss’ Julia Bradbury
‘A soul-stirring exploration of loss, grief, and hope; its raw melody will stay with me for a long time’ Susie Dent
‘A beautiful, perfect book’ Kate Mosse
‘A moving, honest and thought-provoking account of losing someone you love’ Natasha Harding, The Sun
‘Utterly heart-rending but also healing. You cry but you feel uplifted, cleansed’ Katie Fforde
‘Superb ... moved to tears several times’ John Simpson
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    Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. He neglected his education to pursue a career in music and spent a number of years performing extensively around the UK, including slots at the Glastonbury festival. His book & THE FEARSOME BEASTIE (Maverick Arts Publishing) has now sold over 70,000 copies and won The People’s Book Prize 2012 and The Heart Of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US, It was also Shortlisted for The Rotherham Children’s Awards 2012.



    The Summer of 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of The Fearsome Beastie produced by Slurpy Studios in collaboration with UCA and directed by Katie Steed and Jon Hunt and starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman.



    His third Book TAMARA SMALL AND THE MONSTERS’ BALL was Shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2013. THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT DINOSAURS (Gullane/ Parragon) came out in August 2013 and is illustrated by Roald Dahl Funny Prize Winner Liz Pichon. It was the first manuscript Giles ever wrote after being inspired stumbling across a book of nonsense poetry by Shel Silverstein. Shortly after this, his fifth book PRINCESS STAY AWAKE was released to much critical acclaim.



    His latest Book LITTLE BELL AND THE MOON was released in May 2015 to much critical acclaim, appearing on BBC Radio 2’s Anneka Rice Show and being selected to appear on ITV’s Bookaboo Show in 2016. It is shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2016 and longlisted for the North Somerset Children’s Book Award



    Giles’ debut adult verse novel One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days was released in March 2020 to huge critical acclaim. Giles has a huge online fan base, with now over 312,000 twitter followers and has made several TV appearances including Good Morning Britain, an author special of BBC2’s Eggheads and is a judge on ITV’s Share a Story. He also writes a regular book column for Title magazine.



    Giles still lives in Seaford, East Sussex with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Elijah and Sonny. He is a patron for Action Aid UK.



    Giles is co-host and producer of the iTunes No.1 and award nominated podcast Blank, and also A Little Bit of Positive alongside Julia Bradbury.



    A book titled Blank, How it’s fine to falter and fail and pick yourself up again is out April 2021 with Quadrille Publishing, based on the podcast Blank.



    Giles is a regular contributor to Aquila Magazine.

  • I'm trying to remember everything.

    what I saw...

    what I heard...

    what I smelt...

    my memories come and go…

    ...in waves

    when they come, they feel

    painful and uncomfortable

    when they fade, I feel

    relief...freedom...clarity

    what I remember

    what I saw,

    What I heard,

    What I smelt,

    All I remember is her

    right now

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