Thirty Seconds Before Midnight

What happens when the old money runs out and the new money rolls in? Welcome to Bestwood, a dilapidated estate in the wilds of the English countryside where Herbert, a giant land tortoise, presides over the tatty menagerie. The zookeeper, Bob, and his daughter Stella are mystified when rock legend Dave Palmer arrives with his twin sons; that is, until they announce their plans to reinvent Bestwood as ‘Palmer Springs – Where Hope Is Eternal’ – a luxury refuge for creative souls – and no place for a menagerie.

This contemporary retelling of the classic Greek myth, Orpheus and Eurydice, takes sex, drugs and rock and roll and mixes them up with doses of evolution and pantheism swinging between comedy and tragedy.

Thirty Seconds Before Midnight is published by Carapace and is available in print and digital formats from,,, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, the Apple iBookstore, IndieBound, the Sony Reader store and Scribd. For Amazon multi-region stores, try this link.

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