16 Oct 2014

FANTASTIC REVIEW of my new novel “CONDITIONS”, out now #mentalhealth #asmsg #release

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My new book  “Conditions” has just gone live on Amazon. The novel is a gentle drama about mental health, family, a funeral and friendship. Although my fifth book published it is the very first one I wrote, many years ago. Here is what S. Rose had to say:

“Like a lighthouse beacon on a treacherous coast, Christoph Fischer’s novel illuminates the darkness of man living with a mental disorder.

Charles has a noticeably atypical mind, perhaps mild autism and most certainly bipolar disorder. Since childhood, he has struggled to exist in a world created by and for “normal”, or what some call neuro-typical people, a world he cannot always understand and which most people take for granted. 

The strain on his family has left its mark; his own brother doubts that Charles truly has a legitimate illness, and bitterly resents him for having taken up too much of their mother’s attention and resources while they were growing up. As the story begins, Tony has long been estranged from Charles, and the situation seems intractable.

Even in 2014, mental illness is still highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized. Often, there seems to be two main reactions to those suffering mental illness—either withdraw in fear and disgust, or challenge the notion that sufferers of psychiatric disorders are legitimately ill, and rather blame them for their problems. At the basis of these misconceptions is ignorance, shrouded in fear.

I heartily applaud Fischer’s contribution towards enlightening people without preaching; in helping us take an in-depth look at mental illness and its toll on sufferers, as well as their families. Even more importantly, he has put a lovable face on a stigmatized group, and left us feeling hopeful that with love, understanding, and proper medical care, mentally ill and autistic people can not only lead a full life, but enrich our world with their creative gifts.

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When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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8 Responses to “FANTASTIC REVIEW of my new novel “CONDITIONS”, out now #mentalhealth #asmsg #release”

  1. David Lawlor says:

    Great review, Christoph – thoroughly well deserved

  2. Angel Sefer says:

    Another amazing review for a very talented author!

  3. Jennifer Theriot says:

    Christoph, I applaud you for taking the subject of an illness, giving that illness to a character and writing a story about it. Seeing statistics of those affected by mental illness spattered over the pages of newspapers magazines and television don’t really make you stop and think ‘what if?’ and ‘why’?

    You have this inordinate gift for picking a situation, telling a story that the reader can connect to – grab on to the story – pull at your heart strings and really get a feel for what it’s like to suffer.

    I wish you all the best with this new one my friend..I’lm one clicking today

    • CBook5901 says:

      Thank you Jennifer. Coming from someone who can write fun stories and be serious at the same time, that is a great compliment and endorsement for me. Many thanks and all the best with your work, too 🙂

  4. Chris Rose says:

    Great review, Christoph. And such subjects always make for the best reading.

    And it’s also a subject I’m well-versed in to boot, for reasons to numerous to mention.

    Definitely another one for my hit-list 🙂


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