59 Years Four Days

59years4dayscover1 (2)You can buy my new novel in kindle form here and in paperback here.

Here are some reviews, most of them taken from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant
By Lorraine Mon 12 October 2015

“Loved the pace of this book – if you like your novels all-immersing this is for you. Manages to be intimately about one man while simultaneously taking on a wide range of contemporary social, political and economic global realities. Poignant, relevant and addictive – can’t wait for Hickman’s next.”

5.0 out of 5 starsThoroughly enjoyed this novel
By Piers Stannuson 31 July 2015
“Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Well written and original; I almost missed my tube stop on a couple of occasions.”

5.0 out of 5 stars
By rd72on 22 May 2015
“A very enjoyable and topical read, gripping to last the last page!. I hope there’s more to come from Alex Hickman.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. Twice.
By Mr Nicholas J Hartleyon 19 May 2015
“I have read something quite extraordinary. This really is a vital masterpiece of our time, about our time, in our time. Hickman has somehow written something psychological and human within a history, while by its structure creating a tragedy. It is a socio-political commentary of today not just then (how horribly relevant the growing presence of the ‘African’ who awaits his wife and child on a boat out at sea; how remarkably relevant the economy and Europe feels in the pre and post election obsessions). I am so pleased to have read it. I will read it again.”

Heidi: “Hi Al, I’ve just spent the last 20 minutes sobbing as I read the final pages of your book.
Wow, what a read! A great book by a truly talented man. Well done you….. I will be spreading the word of you and your great creation!”

5.0 out of 5 starsA highly readable and timely novel
By Andrew Carmichaelon 27 March 2015
“This well-paced and poignant novel is set against the backdrop of the financial crisis and Europe’s faltering attempts to bring it under control. Alex Hickman skilfully explores the psychology and ambition of the baby boomer generation through the protagonist Simon Tindall, whose boundless energy, self-confidence and fortune from birth, take him effortlessly from the City of London to the committee rooms of the European Parliament. There are clever cameos from Tony Blair – the epitome of the baby boomer generation and incapable of concealing his delight and urgent need for influence and power. But it is in Simon’s decline and introspection that the author really demonstrates his ability to communicate moments of anguish, love and loss – you get a strong sense that Hickman knows his character to the finest detail, successfully drawing the reader into this once indestructible man’s urgent and intense final chapter. A captivating read that leaves you wanting more.”

Alistair: “Hi Alex , I really enjoyed your book. You write brilliantly. It was thought provoking and it kept me intrigued and interested all the way through. I used your opening few pages  about the baby boomers at two dinner party’s and both times it was well received . Always risky when your drunk and trying to capture other pissed people’s attention , but I got away with it ! Good design with the cover also. It deserves to be read. Best regards , Alistair”

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
By Harryon 19 March 2015
“A wonderful achievement: compelling, relevant, thought-provoking, elegant.”

5.0 out of 5 starsIn creating such a perfect thumbnail sketch of the strengths and many weaknesses one …
By John C Hulsmanon 12 March 2015
“In creating such a perfect thumbnail sketch of the strengths and many weaknesses one man, Alex Hickman goes a long way toward explaining the strengths and many weaknesses of an entire generation: the maddening baby boomers. A deceptively ambitious work, perfectly realized by both first rate writing, and sympathetic but spot-on analysis. The shrewd political scenes alone make it worth reading, but as a wonderful explanation of a generation, it is without peer.”

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent
By Christina Scott Stinaon 5 March 2015
“Really enjoyed reading this book and will promote it through book group friends as a really clever and interesting read.”

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
By Clara Tuckeyon 19 February 2015
“Absolutely brilliant! Well written, thoughtful and very topical.”

5.0 out of 5 starsA stimulating read…
By Benjaminon 19 February 2015
“Really enjoyed this!”

Five Stars
By P C K HARDY on 4 Sept. 2015
“This is beautifully written and a great read, I loved it.”

Five Stars
By Razeen Sally
“This book is a page turner. Alex Hickman writes with a flowing pen. His plot is simple without being simplistic. The pace is quick, since the action takes place over a few days. And the descriptions of characters and situations are pointed and vivid. My favourite scenes, strangely enough, are Simon Tindall’s solo early morning runs in London, New York, Brussels and Frankfurt. The book’s main attraction is its psychology of a now almost extinct type: the outwardly successful New Labour Man, a child of the Sixties mugged by adult reality, born for fun and self-indulgence, acquiring the trappings of wealth and power, but still with social-democratic inclinations to “change the world” to make it fair and just. Simon’s life-passion is European unity, and the pre-Iraq Tony Blair his knight in shining armour. New Labour Man doesn’t have the sense of responsibility or the tangible achievements of the wartime generation before him. First his knight loses his shining armour in the bloody quagmire of Iraq; then his European dream lies in tatters in the wake of the GFC and Greece’s imminent exit from the Euro. But, ultimately, one is drawn to Simon’s attractive qualities as he seeks redemption in the simpler virtues of love, family and friendship before his time is up. This novel of millennial British-European politics deserves a wide readership. Do spread the word.”

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