19 Apr 2015

Review: “The Drowned Phoenician Sailor” by Lesley Hayes

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21245885“The Drowned Phoenician Sailor” by Lesley Hayes is a remarkable book and a real treat. Character driven and with focus on their development this is just my type of novel. The reader is allowed to get insight into the thoughts and background of the protagonists through the analytical and reflective narrative that provides substance and much food for thought.
A huge fan of novels that use psychology and / or spiritualist themes I was extremely happy to find both of these themes in this novel. We witness a few months in the life of Fynn/ Fiona during which she has contact with the dead, namely her sister and her psychologist, while she also meets a man and learns to loosen up a little. Partaking in her development has been a privilege, thanks to the sensitive and yet entertaining writing skills of the author. For me the most enjoyable parts were the many great discussions between the characters. It’s the sort of book to read with a pen in your hand to underline the many wonderful lines you wish to remember and write down later. Full of insight in human nature and psychology and full of warmth this is a treasure to cherish for me.

The book on Amazon UK and Amazon US 

Fynn is resolutely unromantic, a bit of a loner, and sceptical about life before death, never mind after it. And yet since she was fifteen her dead sister has been visiting her on a regular basis. Fynn doesn’t believe in ghosts so is she crazy? Three years after starting psychotherapy with Paul, she arrives for a session and finds him lying dead on the couch. But this is just the beginning… The same night she gatecrashes Paul’s funeral he turns up in his newly disembodied form and her dilemma takes a different turn… And when she meets the enigmatic Jack, washed up like driftwood on a beach in Cornwall, she begins to revise her jaded beliefs and expectations, discovering that life, and death, is far more mysterious and intricate than she imagined.

Lesley Hayes Lesley-Author

Link to my interviw with Lesley

Lesley Hayes was born in Deptford, in South East London, in 1948, and started writing almost as soon as she could talk. Her first story was published when she won a literary competition at the age of 13. Between 1966 and 1992 she was regularly and prolifically published in literary and women’s magazines, writing stories, serials and articles, and in 1986 had a novel published called ‘Keeping Secrets’. For the following two years she had a weekly slot on BBC Radio Oxford reading her short stories, and in 1999 a collection of linked stories called ‘Oxford Marmalade’ was brought out on audiotape, read by the actress Susanna Dawson. Her son and daughter, born respectively in 1969 and 1971, helped her throughout these years to keep her feet on the ground and her sense of humour alive and well and occasionally kicking. In 1990 she came to the conclusion that continuing to write about the fascinating vagaries of the human condition just wouldn’t be enough, and for the next four years she trained to become an integrative psychotherapist. Her long and successful career as a psychotherapist over the ensuing years took her away from fiction writing, but brought quite different rewards. It was a fork in the road she never once regretted taking, and she was aware of using many of same creative skills and insights. During the past five years the compelling urge to write fiction has again emerged, and she has given in gracefully to the inevitable return to her first love. Her novels ‘A Field Beyond Time’ and ‘The Drowned Phoenician Sailor’ are available on kindle, along with three collections of short stories: ‘The Oscar Dossier’,’Without a Safety Net’ and the aptly named ‘Not Like Other People.’ As you might expect, now that the genie has once again escaped from the bottle, more will soon follow.

Website: http://www.lesleyhayes.co.uk

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lesley-Hayes/e/B00HR65DES

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/157854.Lesley_Hayes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hayes_lesley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesley.hayes.author

written by
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.

3 Responses to “Review: “The Drowned Phoenician Sailor” by Lesley Hayes”

  1. Teagan says:

    It sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks Christoph. Hugs.

  2. P.C. Zick says:

    Sounds fascinating!

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