Elshender: A Tale of a Poor Man

How convenient was it to have access to an almost endless supply of labour, free labour – slaves by any other name? How just was it to put a man to trial, when that man had no right to speak in defence of himself in court? Just how many of the countless ‘convicts’ sent to the ‘new world’ by the British legal system were actually guilty of the crimes they were accused of? More

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About Matthew Simon Alexander

Matthew Simon Alexander sits in a chair most days, wistfully staring out of the window between the frenetic tapping of keys a̶n̶d̶ t̶h̶e̶ i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶c̶h̶a̶n̶g̶e̶ o̶f̶ c̶o̶f̶f̶e̶e̶, t̶e̶a̶, b̶i̶s̶c̶u̶i̶t̶s̶, d̶r̶i̶e̶d̶ f̶r̶u̶i̶t̶s̶, a̶n̶d̶ n̶u̶t̶s̶. When he is not writing for pleasure (?), he is researching David Foster Wallace’s corpus as a PhD candidate at University of Liverpool (which is also pleasurable, but in different ways). He is a pretty effective househusband, and was (in reverse chronological order) an (or a, if one prefers) hairdresser (and probably still is, to some extent), a builder’s labourer, and a cashier in a bank (a̶l̶o̶n̶g̶ w̶i̶t̶h̶ a̶ h̶o̶s̶t̶ o̶f̶ d̶e̶m̶e̶a̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ j̶o̶b̶s̶ a̶n̶d̶ o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶s̶ h̶e̶'d̶ r̶a̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ n̶o̶t̶ g̶o̶ i̶n̶t̶o̶). Matthew plans to write an essay on his one, great (but as of yet, still untested) theory: ‘Money: Humankind’s Greatest Fallacy’ (or something like that).

Matthew writes from the perspective of a man from a poor, working-class Northern England setting… Moved to write from the experience of being alive (a̶n̶d̶ a̶l̶l̶ t̶h̶a̶t i̶t̶ b̶r̶i̶n̶g̶s̶)… Bemused by life in general…

He has previously published an experimental, disturbing novella dealing with the difficulties of narrative voice: The Way of the World. He has also published Elshender: A Tale of a Poor Man, a fictional account of the life of Matthew’s great-great-great grandfather, James 'Elshender' Alexander. Elshender was described as “The Modern Rob Roy” by the Edinburgh Advertiser, 13th November 1840.

His latest project is a contemporary satire set in a Western-industrialized society not too dissimilar from the one that exists in the United States and Western Europe today. Lone Star State (Book One) contains three main narratives:

Robyn, a gender ambiguous street-worker in Austin, Texas, lives life for the moment in an attempt to forget the many and regular traumas of the past;

Chip Brewsky and Dale Turdlewand, multi-trillionaire tech-company CEOs, believe that they need to buy a country in order to escape from the clutches of oppressive U.S. tax legislation. However, each experiences things which lead to their own respective epiphanies - forcing them to rethink their plans;

...and finally, Mia and Alan Pleasure, sadistic, psychotic and highly dangerous drugs barons who operate out of Manchester, UK., and who happen upon a highly addictive new drug that looks set to make them a fortune as contemporary Western society’s obsessive relationship with consumption and the pursuit of pleasure and ‘happiness’ reaches dangerous, and disturbing, new levels.

Lone Star State: Welcome to the Pleasuredome… is a taster of the new work.

Lone Star State (Book Two) follows in due course…

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