I live in London and grew up in the Paddington/Notting Hill area.
Writing, whether it be poems, articles, letters, short stories or full blown novels, is what I do to escape into a world of self-indulgent fantasy, where I can create, enhance and delete whatever thoughts and feelings I have – where no rules exist other than those I choose to follow. And if others enjoy my writing, then that’s a huge added bonus.
Hoodie is my first novel and is predominantly geared towards a general commercial market, but also falls squarely within the contemporary / young adult market.
Here’s what people are saying about Hoodie:
'A gritty, coming-of-age novel, powerfully written by this talented, new author.' The Wishing Shelf Awards
‘Wow! What a read! This is a superb book with everything thrown in the melting pot! Romance, drugs, crime, teenage angst and social commentary are cleverly interwoven to produce a superb book.’ Self Publishing Magazine
‘...a top novel...’ Paddington and Westminster Times
‘…clockwork orange with a twist…would make a good film…’ John F.
‘…a compelling dialogue and impressive depth of character development…a slightly surreal rites-of-passage…I particularly enjoyed the boys’ relationships with the girls, which felt suitably confused and hormonal.’ H. Davis, Freelance Script Reader
‘I have recently read your book 'Hoodie' with great pleasure. What a great book, with a breathtaking ending!’ Emma Brocklehurst
‘Brendon Lancaster’s first novel is written well and I found myself feeling for the characters. Everyone will be able to relate to some aspect of the flawed personalities. But it must be noted that my favorite part to this novel was the last chapter -Can You See Me, where the author incorporates a personal poem. I found it poignantly emotional and authentic as well as an original concept to arrange an entire chapter that way as well as provide a clear and perfect ending to the story. I give this novel four out of five HOTS’ Ami Blackwelder
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and could feel what must be the heartfelt sadness of a lot of teenage boys and girls. The loneliness of more than one character, although different personalities and different moral standards, gives not only teenagers someone to identify with, but a lot of broken adults. This is a book that I would happily give to my grandchildren to read and would hope that it would be used in schools giving students something educationally stimulating yet gripping that they and hopefully the tutors will associate with and maybe learn from.’ Jean Hassan
‘This is a great book and very well-written. The reader will want to it read in one sitting; I found it very difficult to put down. This is not a book for someone who wants fantasy and froth; in contrast it is brutal, gritty and honest. Hoodie is a book for and about today’s generation. It tells of dreams, consequences and coming of age. Hoodie is not a particularly likeable character, but his vulnerability in the fact of the harsh reality of life is endearing. We will all find something of the protagonist in ourselves, and while that may horrify some of us, if we are honest, we have experienced some of what Hoodie has too’ Self Publishing Magazine
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(3.83 from 6 reviews)
Ben (aka Hoodie) is a contemporary anti-hero, struggling to retain his integrity in a world of shifting values. His escapades provide a blend of up-to-date realism, dream-like escapism and gritty hard-hitting action, all while navigating a magical mystery tour of his mind.
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- Looking for Bianca: a short story
on May 21, 2014
I loved this! I could immediately connect with the character's intensity of emotion with ease. So much feeling is conveyed in so few words - very clever. And I love the turn of descriptive phrase. I hope Alexandra continues to pursue her rediscovered love of writing and look forward to reading more of her work.