The Craft Room

The Craft Room

by Dave Holwill


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Sylvia doesn't want to kill anyone.

She just wants a little space, a room of her own.

A room where she could make things with her grandchildren, if her ex-daughter-in-law ever lets her see them again.

A room that feels more and more like a pipe dream since her husband retired.

Her mother's recent fall down the stairs could have provided enough money to help her middle-aged son move out, move on with his life and free up her spare room.

But Mum is just one more name on a very long list of people getting in the way.

If only she'd fallen a little further, faster, harder.

But Sylvia doesn't want to kill anyone.

The Craft Room is a darkly comic tale of sex, crepe paper, murder and knitting in a sleepy Devon town.

'A very entertaining, you-didn't-know-you-needed-it-until-it-was-here, combination of Serial Mom, Rambo and Blue Peter' - Julia Palooza

'Dave Holwill manages to combine Hyacinth Bucket with The Purge in The Craft Room, which is a chillingly funny look at a post mid-life crisis from a woman who has a lifetime's worth of suppressed anger to take out on everyone around her.' - Bookshine and Readbows

'Anyone who enjoys the comedy of the likes of The League of Gentleman will be in sync with this book. Those of a squeamish or prudish nature should probably give it a pass, but they will be missing a treat of a read... I really, really loved this book. It completely appealed to my macabre sense of humour and my delight in any book that goes off at a bit of a tangent from well-worn literary tropes.' - A Little Book Problem

'This is dark comedy at its finest. The writing is brilliant and kept me turning pages.' - Laura's Interests

'The Craft Room is a completely original and addictive read that I fell in love with. I raced through this book as I couldn't wait to find out what the hell was going on in it. I laughed my way through and I gasped in shock and delight as events unfolded.' - Katie's Book Cave

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781973974673
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2017
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Dave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry - moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).
After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.
His debut novel, Weekend Rockstars, was published in August 2016 to favourable reviews and The Craft Room, his second (a very dark comedy concerning death through misadventure), is due for publication in 2017. He is currently working on a third about the complications of living with your estranged father when you're in love with your best friend, or the complications of living with your estranged son when his best friend is in love with you - depending on which bit it is.

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