Stan Abbott, who writes his fiction under the name Stan L. Abbott, began his career as a journalist in York and has written for many national and regional newspapers and magazines. For some years he ran a successful publishing business in the Yorkshire Dales and has also worked in the airline industry, and in tourism in the UK and Europe. He has edited several books and magazines and was the author or co-author of three best-selling books about the celebrated campaign to save the Settle & Carlisle Railway. The Episode is his first novel. He lives in Durham and the Lake District with his wife and a fluctuating number of cats.
Website address: www.stanabbott.com
Blog address: http://stanabbott.com/articles
You Tube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZGwKHWO90I
2019 – The Episode (fiction) – Buy online
2019 – non-fiction titles coming shortly on Amazon Kindle
Bipolar Disorder: Stand Clear Of The Revolving Door (April 2019)
Madness In Fiction: How Mental Health Has Featured In Literature (April 2019)
Stone Circles And Healing: Can Henges Heal? (May 2019)
The Line That Refused To Die: 2019 updated edition of the 1994 original (June 2019)
2015 – Space For Wonder: A Guide to Trekking the Mountain Frontier of the Pyrenees (Ed) 1991 & 1995 – The Great Railway Conspiracy (Ed) 1990 (three editions) – The Line That Refused To Die: The Story of The Successful Campaign To Save the Settle & Carlisle Railway (jointly with Alan Whitehouse) 1989 – Settle & Carlisle Country (Ed).
The story of one man’s descent into a brief period of madness and the surreal world he creates – Stan L. Abbott’s The Episode exudes a realism and fatalistic inevitability that some say brings to mind Canetti’s Auto da Fé or John Fowles’s, the Magus.
When a naïve Felix Merryweather finds himself unexpectedly reunited with a woman from his past he can’t imagine the bizarre chain of events that will follow, as he is drawn into the labyrinthine world of the reclusive entrepreneur, Lord Lindisfarne. It is a world born out Lindisfarne’s, then just plain Victor Turnbull’s, descent into mania following a freak accident.
The Episode explores the boundaries between the real and the imagined; between the known and the unknown; between the possible and the improbable. It gives a rare first person insight into how it feels when an individual finds the intellectual certainties that define our daily lives crumbling all around him.
A staggering 38 per cent of people in Europe are estimated to suffer some degree of mental illness or breakdown at some point in their lives. Adam Ant, Russell Brand, Alastair Campbell, Ray Davies, Stephen Fry, Paul Gascoigne, Bill Oddie and Catherine Zeta-Jones are just a few of those who have “come out” as sufferers of bipolar disorder.
That’s why The Episode is very much a novel of the Zeitgeist, telling as it does the intimate story of what the medical people call a manic episode. Statistics tell us that such episodes are likely to be repeated, leading to the classic symptoms of bipolar disorder, with its extremes of euphoria and depression. Buy online
Awards & Prizes: Gray Prize for Journalism; various editing awards
Literary Festival Appearances
Write Festival, South Shields, May 2019
Darlington Writers Festival, May 2019
Settle Storytelling Festival 2019
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers
Stan is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken extensively on the subject of the long, but ultimately successful battle to save the celebrated Settle & Carlisle Railway.
The Episode is Stan’s first novel and is a fictionalised account of the author’s own descent into mania following what he thought was a minor accident. The account is interwoven with a near-future mystery drama featuring characters who inhabit the delusionary world that he created while in hospital.
A great many people suffer from mental illness at some time in our lives, and the rich and famous are among the many who have “come out” about suffering from bipolar disorder.
The Episode speaks directly those who have suffered in this way, while also shining a light on temporary mental ill health in a narrative that is at time laugh-out-loud funny, but also informative across a wide range of issues.
Stan is delighted to appear at festivals on sensible terms and promises he won’t disappoint!
What readers are saying about The Episode
“To Read This Is To Experience Mania: Gripped from the first paragraph, I can barely put it down. Clever, suspenseful, laugh out loud funny, a cracker of a read.
“A Thriller With Depth – A compelling read that I didn’t want to end, although was dying to know what would happen. I thought it was a very original take on the topic of mental health and all the more interesting for having its roots in reality.”
“You Won’t Want To Put It Down – There’s so much in it that makes you think deep and it’s the finer details that are so thought provoking. There’s plenty of things that are funny and those you can relate to as well. A must read.”
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