31 Aug 2015

Work in Progress Update: “Conditioned” – “Ludwika” – “The Bluff” (Healer 2/ Gamblers 2)

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Here is a short catch-up on my forthcoming novels:

CONDITIONED  (Conditions 2) – is back from the editor and I’m hoping to bring you a cover reveal and several preview posts throughout September. 

I chose a setting that unites all the characters from “Conditions “one year on and provides another snapshot. Some will have improved their lives, others will not. My aim with “Conditions” was to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. With the sequel, “Conditioned” I want readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and more at what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges.

displaced_people_-_refugees_20090918_1384020774My WW2 drama LUDWIKA about a Polish woman in Germany is doing well, too and has come back from the beta readers with fantastic feedback and encouragement. I hope to get this ready for a late 2015 / early 2016 release.

images (13)I very recently wrote those beautiful two words under THE BLUFF, my draft for a combined sequel to both The Healer & The Gamblers – a first draft, but it is a start.
Coming to an e-book store near you in 2016: The Healer / The Gamblers 2 (working title: The Bluff)
Arpan (from The Healer) has set up a spiritual healing school on Cayman Brac, a smaller island belonging to Gran Cayman. He thought he had closed the door to the past, but it is trying desperately to catch up with him.  Meanwhile his newest student Ben Andrews (from The Gamblers), brings new promise to the future of the school.
This is a playful thriller that ties up loose ends from The Gamblers and The Healer and will please those who grew as fond of the characters in both novels as I have.
images (16)Also with an editor is an African Adventure Story about a British lawyer turned writer, to be part of a charity multi-author anthology, scheduled for release February 2016.

21 Aug 2015

#Finland #histfic IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION is #free on #kindle for five days

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FREE For Five Days:  ISoaR Kindle Cover IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION Voted #Top50 Indie Book Worth Reading

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background. His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life. Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order. Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths. The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

Amazon Vine Voice Review:  Voted-Self-Published-Book-Worth-Reading small “Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller. He maintains a cracking pace. He has clearly researched his subject matter well. It is admirable how Fischer gets to grips with a complex set of political intrigues but yet keeps it simple and never descends into turgidity.

As a Finn myself with a keen interest in history, I waited for the author to trip up on fact. However, he never did. This is a feat, as many books have strange ideas about Finland. 83942_kuva

My interest was driven by the Finnish Civil War of circa 1917. I was impressed the novel also covers the Winter War, the Continuation War and touches on the interests of Denmark and Estonia viz a vis Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany.

The political intrigues and the characters different ideological viewpoints are well-handled.

Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of “writing in the miniature”. images (5)

I am not a great fan of “love interest” situations and the character Raisa almost fell into the danger of being somewhat two-dimensional, slightly redeemed as the book went on.

The relationship between main protagonists Zacharias and Ansgar is portrayed beautifully. Ansgar’s tale is a particular horror story all the more for it being one true of Nazi occupied Denmark and its collaborators. images (8)

The depiction of the ideologist Holgar Beck is also poignant.

Excellent read, cracking pace.

13 Aug 2015

Why a sequel to CONDITIONS?

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The short answer is: I left a few of the characters in the lurch and wanted to give them a much needed closure. Book_marketing2-lrg

Conditions has an ensemble cast, a group of friends and family who gather around Charles, a man with a mental condition. His condition and how people handle it  becomes the centre piece, even though the other characters have their own lives and problems, too. You can follow these links to read my character profiles for Charles, Elaine, Catherine, Martha, Tony, Simon, and Edgar.

Every life and individual situation is different and so it was important for me to show a snapshot of the lives and of the problems. To end ‘Conditions’ on a “and they lived happily-ever-after” note would have been simplifying the Conditions and unrealistic.  However, there were many specific calls to help Martha out of her ditch and to explore Simon’s life further.PhotoFunia-1406374f

 To not turn the sequel into a mere soap opera by continuing all sub-plots with new and sensational developments I chose a setting that unites all the characters one year on and provides another snapshot. Some will have improved their lives, others will not. My aim with “Conditions” was to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. With the sequel, “Conditioned” I want readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and more at what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges.

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adj.

1. existing under or subject to conditions.
2. characterized by a predictable or consistent pattern of behavior or thought as a result of being subjected to certaincircumstances or conditions.
3. acquired through conditioning: conditioned behavior patterns.
4. in a fit or suitable condition.
5. accustomed.

The book is being edited now and is set for a fall release.

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Conditions

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.

On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CONDITIONSCFF

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529337

On iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LL8nt

Nook Book Link: http://ow.ly/LMhGM

On Goodreads: http://ow.ly/C0Ziw

On Facebook: http://ow.ly/C0ZqX

06 Aug 2015

Two of my books honoured at the ReadFreely 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading

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The results of this years’ ReadFreely 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading Poll have just been released and I’m thrilled to announce that two of my books made it onto that list:

In Search of a Revolution came in at #26 1396723_341749826010367_6630772716168220504_oI love this cover.  It's great. and The Healer at #13 

Thanks to all who voted for me!

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This is particularly exciting since two years ago The Luck of the Weissensteiners came in at # 21

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Congratulations to some of my dear author friends who also made it to the final 50 out of 6000 nominations:

41 Love  A Foot Above Ground by Anna Celeste Burke 40 Pull the Trigger by Stefania Mattana 39 Our Frugal Summer by Sarah Jane Butfield 23 Spilt Milk by D.K. Cassidy 19 Cupcake Cutie by Lynn Cooper 11 Murder in Cottage 6 by Dianne Harmann

The Healer 10911330_10152481888797132_6034506825720280017_o When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her.  Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.  Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/thehealerthriller

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23662030-the-healer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHealerNovelbyChristophFischer?ref=hl

Book-likes: http://booklikes.com/the-healer-christoph-fischer/book,12975746

Rifflebooks: https://read.rifflebooks.com/books/388235

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION revolution_new

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.   

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.

Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order. 

Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

https://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfaRevolution?ref=hl

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25113498-in-search-of-a-revolution

https://read.rifflebooks.com/books/416436

05 Aug 2015

A warming review for CONDITIONS on the devilwinds.blogspot

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Since I cannot re-blog from blogspot, here is the link to the original post with the review of Conditions on the marvellous blog by award nominated author Inge H Borg

http://devilwinds.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/christoph-fischer-has-condition-and-its.html

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Here is the excerpt from her review:

Christoph Fischer has a Condition – And it’s Electrifying

My Review of Christoph Fischer’s

ConditionsCover for Goodreads

Only too often, readers seem to insist on a neat package to put a book to rest. Give them murder, car chases, gun fights, and sickly-sweet endings. Then they can forget the name of the author, forget the title…they’re done. Next!

Luckily, there are writers who won’t let us off the hook so easily. I have followed Christoph Fischer’s writing for some time now, so I am already a fan. But withConditions, he truly challenged me. It wasn’t a question of IF I would like it, but what did it bring out in me.

Granted, not much seems to happen on the surface. The fascination with the story are the subtleties about the interactions between Charles’s diverse friends, all with their own quirks, their own problems, but most importantly their own support of a friend who tries as best he can with a “condition.”

The writing, while subtle, brings out intense conflicts among them. The book, like life itself, doesn’t end in a neat package. Instead, to me, it made me wrangle with the one overwhelming condition that wove Charles’s friends together:Empathychristoph-fischer

It made me wonder: Would I have it in me to be such a supportive friend to someone with a “condition”? I am ashamed to admit: I am not sure. The question haunts me.

With me, Christoph Fischer achieved his goal: he made me think real hard about Conditions.

Conditions 

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.

On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CONDITIONSCFFBook_marketing2-lrg

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529337

On iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LL8nt

Nook Book Link: http://ow.ly/LMhGM

On Goodreads: http://ow.ly/C0Ziw

On Facebook: http://ow.ly/C0ZqX

I’m currently working on CONDITIONED, a sequel that is scheduled for release this fall.

01 Aug 2015

“In Search of a Revolution” reviewed by the Historical Novel Society

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I love this cover.  It's great.My novel “In Search of a Revolutionhas been honoured with a review by the Historical Novel Society.

Here is the link to the full review:

https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/in-search-of-a-revolution/

Here is a little teaser:
I was drawn to this book by the setting – I have read some Finnish folklore, and a little about contemporary Finland, but there are huge gaps in my knowledge of recent Finnish history. In that respect, the story is excellent. It traces the fortunes of Finland through the eyes of four representative individuals, spanning the turbulent years from 1917 to the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. During this time, Finns took up opposing political sides in the twentieth century clash between Soviet communism and right wing fascism. The nation’s wounds were slow to heal.

Although the author says he tried to avoid “a fictionalised retelling of history”, I felt the presentation of history was actually the author’s strongest skill…

Although I didn’t get top marks for all parts of the book, I am very pleased with the positive points of the review.

Many thanks!

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution83942_kuva

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.

Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the pJK002olitical landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.

Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

https://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfaRevolution?ref=hl

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25113498-in-search-of-a-revolution

https://read.rifflebooks.com/books/416436

 

27 Jul 2015

Call for beta readers: My new WW2 drama

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My next Work In Progress in a historical novel set in Poland and Germany during WW2.

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Ludwika is the story of a young Polish woman in Germany during and after WW2.

 

Hers is one of many stories of displaced people whose lives were so forcefully disrupted by German and Russian wrong-doings and International politics.

It is based on true events, filling in the (large) gaps where the facts could not be reliably established. My initial involvement (before writing the story) was to help Ludwika’s children find those missing parts in her life story.Lud 2 The (often frustrating) research to find answers to their questions helped to create this fictional/ fractional account of a life and my vision of a woman I have never met.

If you would like to beta-read my first complete draft and give me feedback on the story please contact me via twitter @CFFBooks or leave a comment on this post.

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26 Jul 2015

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Research: You’re Not Alone

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Have I mentioned that twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care? I probably did. Here are some more facts that you probably didn’t know. Just follow the pictures!

[100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The anthology is themed on relationships and includes tales from urban fantasy to stories that bring tears to the eye.]

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There are a lot of things you can do with this book:

Open a book group

Open a book group

Read the stories to your pet

Read the stories to your pet

Get a copy for everyone in the house

Get a copy for everyone in the house

Get a copy for everyone in the house

Get a copy for everyone in the house

They are handy as door-stoppers

They are handy as door-stoppers

Handy if you're small and are seated at a table for tall people

Handy if you’re small and are seated at a table for tall people

They are handy if you need to get to the cookie jar

They are handy if you need to get to the cookie jar

They won't go off in the fridge - I tried

They won’t go off in the fridge – I tried

A good alternative to midnight munchies

A good alternative to midnight munchies

Greta approves

Greta approves

Molly approves

Molly approves

Go on - it is for charity!

Go on – it is for charity!

You’ll find the book on your Amazon  via these links: http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winton

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25 Jul 2015

Venturegalleries: Authors Showcase The Gamblers

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Many thanks to venturegalleries for this kind blogpost
Authors Showcase: The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

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The Book: The Gamblers

The Author: Christoph Fischer

The Story: Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone.

As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

About Christoph Fischer:

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Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence.

After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Review by Brenda:

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer is another captivating piece of fiction by this passionate author. I love his authentic quality of writing and the candidness in his characters. There is an ease to the style of writing that makes you want to keep on reading once you start. This book was especially gripping as it kept me in suspense through all the clever twists and turns.

The human existence never gets old and this book explores it through love, loss, deceit and friendship. Trust is a big issue here and when money is involved anything can happen.

Ben, an accountant in a law firm had become an obsessed workaholic with few friends to speak of. His closest friends were people he knew from online gaming and chat partners. Not anyone he knew in person. He was a loner in London who had plenty of secrets up his sleeve.

Money can’t buy everything. Or can it?

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“The glory was coloured by the slight feeling that maybe this was too huge for him. The scale of this win was soon beginning to feel intimidating. Joy, panic and shock rotated in his head on a fast carousel. Adjusting to this was hard. Lately, he wasn’t particularly close to anyone and couldn’t share his sensational news…”

Review by Billy Ray Chitwood:

This was indeed an enjoyable read – I know just enough about gambling to get me in trouble. Mr. Fischer appears to me a student of human behavior, and The Gamblers does a very nice job conveying this, along with other books he has previously written.

Take a handsome, geeky introvert London accountant who lives modestly and gets his jollies from video game playing with a good friend. Then this handsome geek wins a 64,000,000 Euro Lottery, and you might think even a geek will do a few windmills. Not Ben Andrews! Ben shuns all the brokers who know so well how to manage his money, decides ultimately to give a million to Cancer Research and a million to Children Projects, and leaves the rest in the bank for a monthly payout of roughly 64,000.

He does splurge and moves into lovely quarters at Covent Gardens in the middle of London, then further decides to travel to his favorite city – New York. For some reason the big ocean-crossing jet upgrades his business class ticket to first class. Here, he is prevailed upon by a beautiful blue-eyed and curvaceous flight attendant who gives him tips on places to visit in New York City. Lovely Wendy shows interest and it is clear these two will meet again.

In New York Ben meets a handsome Russian gentleman by the name of Mirco. Ben and Mirco bond nicely over the NY stay, gamble, and pick each other’s brains…Mirco plays poker intuitively and Ben tries to put a formula together for betting. Mirco takes care of all the tabs the two run up, not allowing Ben to chip in and pay his part. The two become close friends as the tale progresses…Ben has not had too many close friends in his life.

Ben also runs into Wendy and has a rather flammable rendezvous in his hotel room…is it okay to hate a guy in a ‘book review’? Look, I saw the starlet the author wants to play Wendy’s part in a movie!

So, these three protagonists meet in London, Nairobi, and other exotic places for gambling and romance, Mirco still picking up the tab – hey, he’s a wealthy guy! Wendy moves in with Ben and some issues come up for Wendy about his gambling and her dislike for Mirco.

The novel moves sequentially along very nicely and intrigue follows chapter after chapter. It is a solid read and will be pleasant reading for romantics and risk-takers…and you surely don’t want to miss the ending!

22 Jul 2015

Oslo Times features IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION

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I love this cover.  It's great.I’m delighted to share with you this feature from the Oslo Times:

“This is a must read for all historical fiction lovers. The talented Christoph Fischer takes us on a journey spanning almost thirty years of history encased around the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. The novel reveals the political and personal self discovery of characters as the reader is sent back into an atmosphere and the mood of the time.

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life. Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the World order.

In Search of A Revolution was shortlisted by Readfree in the Literary Fiction category as one of the 50 self-published books worth reading, and it was one of the 7 finalists in the category.

The novel was shortlisted for Readfree.ly’s 50 self-published books worth reading, and one of  the 7 finalists in the literary category”. (Vote here)

– See more at: http://www.theoslotimes.com/book/in-search-of-a-revolution/#sthash.2jhSnfa8.dpuf

Find the book on Amazon 

Christoph Fischer is an Independent writer from Germany, based in the UK. cropped-christoph-fischer1.jpg

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his latest thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Find more about him on ChristophFischerBooks

Christoph Fischer is also a reviewer of independent books and on his recommendation pages on this site he features interviews and reviews of the books that have most captured his attention and appreciation by genre.

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