My novel: “The Decision”

I’ve written a novel. It’s called “The Decision”. It’s now available for sale – direct from me at the moment. Like to know what it’s about? Here’s a summary;

“The Decision” is a novel about politics, the environment, relationships and the conflict of loyalty between family and cause. It is set in 2027, in a post-Brexit, post-UK England, in which an authoritarian government has taken power in a parliamentary coup supported by the establishment, after three chaotic years of socialist rule. The environment has taken a significant turn for the worse, and rising sea levels have led to a decision to flood the Fenlands – a return to its marshy origins. A war between NATO and Russia staggers on in the heartlands of the Ukraine, a useful tipping ground for refugees and the unemployed.

The narrative revolves around a kidnap attempt at Wembley before a major football final. The would-be perpetrators are an underground group which goes by the name of HOPE – the Holistic Organisation for the People and the Environment. They are led by Charlie Mowbray: in his early thirties; a late starter in the world of left wing protest, but charismatic enough to rise quickly to the top. “The Decision” is his story, and the story of his family: parents James Arnold and Olivia Mowbray, siblings Will and Susan. Will is a journalist, stuck near the frontline of the war in Ukraine. Susan is a civil servant, torn between her distaste for the Authority and her sense of duty. She, like all of her family, becomes embroiled in Charlie’s adventure.

Charlie regards himself first and foremost as an actor, not a political leader. He is inspired, at school, by Henry V, and his leadership journey follows a similar pattern. It is he who must take The Decision.

I’m charging £6 in sterling plus £2 postage in the UK; £5 postage for the rest of Europe. Elsewhere will depend on the country. Dollar equivalent: $8.35 for the book, based on the 25 April exchange rate in the Economist. Euro equivalent: €6.85.

If you’re interested in buying a copy, just email me with your address, at I’ll reply, confirming the cost and with details of the account to which you can send the money. Once I’ve got the money, I’ll send you a signed copy. Afterwards I will delete your address from my emails and will not retain it anywhere. The book is professionally printed and bound.

It will available online at some point, but I’m just going to see if I can find a regular publisher first. So this is the first edition – the Director’s cut!

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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2 Responses to My novel: “The Decision”

  1. Dood says:

    Congrats again, John – it’s not a small thing to write a novel. And I should know. (Not that I’ve ever written one.)

    I have thirty pages to read this evening to finish it, and I’ve really enjoyed it. Will feed back – of course.

  2. Congratulations, John!

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