See below for a press release, and some other useful resources. (To be honest, I would contact me instead though because the below is out of date.)
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Cornwall – uncovered
A new short story collection vividly brings to life the humour and the heartache of life in contemporary Cornwall
Fancy reading some comic, earthy stories about life in modern Cornwall? One Big Echo of a Much Nicer Place by Martin Philp is eleven tales that scratch away the false veneer of chic bistros and trendy surf-shacks to reveal a Cornwall that few from outside realise exists.
Reviews for stories in the collection are enthusiastic. ‘Very funny,’ says the Cornishman. ‘His stories invariably possess a great sting in the tail,’ says the West Briton. And Colin Wilson, author of cult 1950s tome The Outsider, states: ‘Martin Philp is a highly original writer of great talent. His odd blend of humour and tragedy must be quite unique.’
Published by Scryfa, One Big Echo of a Much Nicer Place is available in bookshops throughout Cornwall for just £7.50. Or you can buy it securely online from the One Big Echo website at the link below.
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Martin Philp is a journalist and copywriter from Hayle in Cornwall. Several of his stories have been published in Scryfa, a regular review of new Cornish writing.
One Big Echo of a Much Nicer Place is his first collection. He is currently working on a second.
He lives in Bangalore.
‘Jack Tremenyans hates Christmas… Barbara Morethek is only happy when she’s sad… Dandy Allcock just wants to be loved… Florence Bray can’t stand her best friend… and Archie thinks all the world has gone to shit… scratch away the false veneer of chic bistros and trendy surf-shacks to enter a Cornwall that few from outside realise exists… eleven stories of eleven unforgettable men and women.’
Martin Philp is a highly original writer of great talent. He has qualities that remind me of the best of Arnold Bennett, with a marvellous sympathy for ordinary people. His odd blend of humour and tragedy must be quite unique.
COLIN WILSON, author of The Outsider
Philp conjures a world inhabited by convincing characters. Sad, foul-mouthed and always authentic, his stories invariably possess a great sting in the tail.
THE WESTERN MORNING NEWS
Very funny. Read it at your peril and be prepared to laugh a lot.
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