Neil Carpenter


Neil Carpenter was born in 1950 in Cornwall. After reading English at Cambridge, he had a variety of lecturing jobs in England and abroad before returning to Cornwall to teach English in schools.
Since retiring, he has published his first novel, ‘Killing You Softly’, that reflects a lifetime’s interest in politics. With luck, it also puts into practice what he spent years trying to teach students of English.

Smashwords Interview

What’s 'Killing You Softly' about?
The novel is set in 2014 when coalition policies are biting more deeply across the country. In a small village community, three teenage girls, unsure of themselves sexually, struggle with both their adolescence and their attempts to understand the political changes around them. Their perspectives are influenced by their fathers: one is a GP, Colin Goldsmith; one is a Lib Dem MP, Tom Andrews; and one is a laughable but unscrupulous ‘adviser’, Martin King, used by the Tories.
Two of the girls, Becky Goldsmith and Sarah King, gradually realise how privatisation is affecting their community. Becky sees the consequences at home when her father is targeted as a result of his opposition to the changes in the NHS.
Why is the book set in Cornwall?
I’ve chosen Cornwall as the location partly because it’s where I live but also because it provides a setting that readers should find easier to relate to than the remote Westminster background that has often been used for political fiction in the last few years.
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Killing You Softly
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 87,150. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Why is a Cornish surgery changing? For two teenagers, Becky Goldsmith and Sarah King, the truth slowly emerges: privatisation. And the first casualty is Becky’s GP father, driven from his job by trumped-up allegations. Who is behind it all? A chain that starts with Sarah’s father and ends miles away in the heart of government. A donation from sales of the book will be made to Keep Our NHS Public.

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