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My second novel – EggHead by Lawrence Estrey – is now available in paperback on Amazon.com and should soon appear on the co.uk and European sites.  Presently, readers can access the e-book version anywhere.

EggHead falls into the categories of Teen Fiction/Young Adult and addresses what happens when a fourteen-year-old boy makes a decision that has widespread consequences.  As a result of his actions, he has to leave home.  Three years on, central character Egghead finds himself in a remote village off the North Sea, estranged from his family and drifting into further danger. 

Like my first novel Secrets, EggHead has a strong element of psychological thriller and is told in the first person. 

Three questions people often ask me:

  • Is EggHead a sequel to Secrets?   No. 
  • Why did you choose EggHead for the title?   To reflect the choice of an adolescent central character.  His mates call him Egghead because his head has an egg-like shape. 
  • Does EggHead have a happy ending.   I wouldn’t like to give the plot away, but I can safely say that the final chapter ties up all loose ends. 

Meanwhile, my first novel, an adult thriller – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey – is available in paperback and as an e-book  from Amazon.  Check out the reviews on the dot co dot uk site.  

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

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Just over seventeen weeks have passed since I smoked a cigarette, apart from the occasional cigarette I’ve dreamt about!  

I use various methods to help with the psychological effects of withdrawal: small amounts of the Nicorette Inhalator (which really helps, in my opinion) and a number of relaxation techniques. 

One of the most effective technique, I think, is the Progressive Muscle Relaxation devised by the late Edmund Jacobson, a psychiatrist and doctor, famous for telling the general public that they must relax (1934).  In PMR, the client or recipient tenses, then relaxes groups of muscles on the understanding that if tense muscle cause stress and vice versa, then the opposite must also be true – i.e. relaxed muscles lead to a calmer mind.  I’ve practised PMR at home by listening to an audio file for about three months and have noted distinct changes in posture, breathing and general muscle health (it actually feels good as well).

I also practise diaphragmatic breathing several times most days and have found this an excellent way to build up the lungs and chest after years of heavy and chain smoking. 

 

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The first paperback copy of my second novel arrived in the post yesterday and I intend to spend this afternoon and evening reading through it. 

In EggHead, central character Wayne’s existence comes under threat when an unwanted stranger enters his life.   Desperate for a solution, the fourteen-year-old boy takes steps to deal with the problem, but his actions backfire, leading to further difficulties and danger.  The novel, originally intended for teenagers and young adults, falls into the crime/psychological thriller genres and is set in the north of England like my debut novel Secrets. 

At present, readers can order EggHead as an e-book by visiting the Amazon page.  Hopefully, the paperback version will be available by the beginning of December.

In the meantime, my first novel, an adult thriller – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey – is available in both forms from Amazon.  Check out the views reviews on the co dot uk site.

Sample Chapters

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

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I took these photos in Highgate Wood, North London, on Monday afternoon, expecting to take advantage of the shifts and changes in light, but instead the shutter speed slowed down considerably due to the denseness of the trees, creating a certain amount of camera shake, which meant I had to discard many of the photographs.

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Waiting for the proof copy of my second novel, EggHead by Lawrence Estrey.  It should arrive around Tuesday or Wednesday, and I’m already queasy from nervous excitement. 

EggHead, a psychological thriller, explores what happens when an adolescent boy from a stable environment secretly seeks out his estranged father and a serious crime occurs.  Forced to go on the run, central character Wayne (“Egghead”) struggles to cope in a north east coastal village where he becomes increasingly isolated and drawn into further danger… 

The novel, set in Manchester and the Newcastle area, was originally intended for teenagers and young adults, but crosses over into mainstream fiction.

Currently, readers can order EggHead as an e-book by visiting the Amazon page.  Hopefully, the paperback version will be available by the middle of the month.

 

Meanwhile, my first novel – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey – is available in both forms from Amazon, including reviews.

Sample Chapters

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

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I took some more photographs on Monday afternoon and used a few for my online black and white photography collection.  The process was relatively easy once I’d chosen the most suitable shots – convert to grayscale in GIMP, work with Levels and adjust Contrast/Brightness to get the best results.  I think there’s a special Fill stage for printing, but I haven’t got the hang of that yet. 

Old Railway Line Parkland Walk, North London (a great place for walking a dog):

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I’ve developed a keen interest in black and white photography over the years, but up till recently I tended to edit original images taking into consideration tonal range, color balance and saturation before converting the images to black and white, then fiddling with the channel mixer and/or applying an unsharpen mask.  Naively, I assumed that the editing work would contribute to the final result, even though the conversion to black and white would mean the loss of all color information – hence, counterproductive. 

Then, I read about a different approach, and I’ve been working on the original images in grayscale, making the necessary changes for light and contrast.  For whatever reason, I’ve found the photo editing software GIMP more effective than Photoshop when using this method.

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