today we have the pleasure to welcome Jon Rance, the author of ‘Sunday Dinners’ which was released just two days ago. We’ve read some Jon’s books and are really looking forward to reading his new book. ‘Sunday Dinners’ is currently just 99p for the kindle, and as always I will leave the buy links at the bottom of this post. Many thanks to Jon for visiting our blog today and hope you guys get to read some of his hilarious rom coms.
Firstly, a huge thank you to This Chick Reads for having me on your blog again. You’ve always been such a huge supporter of my work from my first novel, This Thirtysomething Life, until now and for that I’m very thankful. So why am I here? I have a new novel out and it’s called Sunday Dinners.
The two biggest questions you get asked when you have a book out is A: What is it about? and A: Why should I buy it?
What’s the book about?
The book is essentially a dramatic comedy about a fairly normal middle class family in north London sitting down to eat Sunday roast together. It’s a simple concept, but it has all the drama and comedy you’d expect from a family who only get together once a month. It’s also written from five first person perspectives so we get different character’s lives and all the comedy and drama that comes with that. Like all of my books the main theme is love. The backbone of the story is the failing marriage between the husband and wife and that provides the driving narrative force of the book. There’s elements of love in all the other stories too. From the youngest, Holly, who’s trying to understand her sexuality, to the middle child, Matt, who’s heartbroken but trying to move on, to Lucy, the eldest child, who’s in a relationship she shouldn’t be, and even the grandmother, Joan, who’s finding life hard without her dead husband. Sunday Dinners gives us all the highs, lows, secrets and surprises, unfolding at the dinner table.
I think the book is about something very British. It’s about the importance of family getting together and eating roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. It’s about what that means because to me growing up, it meant a lot. During the week and for most of the time, we’re all too busy to really sit down and spend time together, but for an hour or two on Sunday afternoon time stopped and we had the best meal of the week. It’s something uniquely British and I hope that shines through in the book because it’s something I wanted to really celebrate.
Why should I buy the book?
There’s a few answers to this question. It’s a really funny, dramatic novel about things that are important to us all; parenthood, marriage, love, life and, of course, roast dinners. It’s (hopefully) a really well written book that’s easy to read and will keep you turning the pages. It’s only 99p! It’s a book that will hopefully make you think and appreciate those Sunday roasts you spent with your own family. Lastly, it’s a book I’ve poured a lot into. I’ve spent almost two years on this novel trying to get it right because it was important to me. It’s a book I’m passionate about and I think if you read it that passion will come through. So please give it a go – you won’t be disappointed.
Sunday Dinners is out now on the Kindle and it’s only 99p.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jon Rance is the author of the novels: This Thirtysomething Life (which became a top ten Kindle best seller), Happy Endings, and, This Family Life. He’s also the author of the short story prequel, This Twentysomething Life. His latest novel, Sunday Dinners, will be out in late October.
Jon studied English Literature at Middlesex University, London, before going travelling and meeting his American wife in Australia. Jon loves comedy (especially sitcoms), the films of Richard Curtis, travelling and tea. He’s almost forty, which is a terrifying time, so his books might get a bit edgier and possibly angrier when it finally happens.
Jon writes comedy fiction similar to the work of Mike Gayle, Matt Dunn and Nick Spalding. One day he hopes to write an International best seller so he can afford to keep writing for a living. So please keep buying his books.