Alex Pearl


Alex Pearl is an extremely short-sighted and slightly shambolic author living in leafy North West London with a wife and overindulged cat. 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds', his first published work of fiction, was first published by Pen Press in 2011. It was longlisted for the Millennium Book Awards 2018 and selected by the Indie Author Project for distribution to public libraries across the US and Canada. In 2014, his short story 'Scared to Death' was published by Mardibooks in its anthology 'The Clock Struck War' to mark the centenary of the First World War. 'The Chair Man' published by Fizgig Press in 2019 is a thriller set in 2005 and is quite possibly the world's first thriller to feature a tetraplegic protagonist waging war on international terrorism. It was a Finalist in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. During the Covid epidemic, Alex conducted a series of 100 author interviews, which he published in book form under the title '100 Ways to Write a Book.' All author proceeds are being donated to PEN International. 'A Brand to Die For' is his third work of fiction. His only other claim to fame is that he is almost certainly the only human being on this planet to have been inadvertently locked in a record shop on Christmas Eve.

Smashwords Interview

What are your two favourite books, and why?
Ooh, good question.
In no particular order, I'd choose 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee because it is so beautifully written from a child's perspective. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and you really do care about them. And Lee's ear for language and dialogue is second to none. It's a touching and deeply moving book that will stay with you for a long time. I read it years ago, and I'm writing about it now. So there you are.
Second up, I'd pick 'The Book Thief' by Marcus Zusak. Set during the second world war, this tale revolves around ordinary German people living through extraordinary times. Written in a fairly unconventional style, this book soon envelops you like a warm blanket. It's populated by a lovable cast of characters, and yet you know throughout that death is hanging in the air.
Do you remember the first book you ever read?
I think the first book I ever read was 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King, and I remember really enjoying it. In fact, I read it again recently, and I could see why I enjoyed it all those years ago. It's beautifully written, and is an engaging tale about a little boy who discovers a caveman living in a chalk pit close to his grandparents' house.
Read more of this interview.


Sleeping with the Blackbirds trailer
This is the short film shot for the book by the award-winning advertising photographer and director John mac.

The Chair Man
This extract from The Chair Man is read by the author

The Chair Man
Another extract detailing the murder of Qssim's father from The Chair Man read by the author.

A Brand to Die For
The Prologue from A Brand to Die For read by the author.

A Brand to Die For
Reading of an extract from A Brand to Die For - The Porkers - read by the author.

A Brand to Die For
A reading from A Brand to Die For - Brian's neurotic Jewish parents - read by the author.

A Brand to Die For
An extract from A Brand to Die For - Peter Cook's phone-in - read by the author.

A Brand to Die For
An extract from A Brand to mDie For - Doctor Who presents - read by the author.


A Brand to Die For
Price: $3.55 USD. Words: 51,780. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Angus Lovejoy and Brian Finkle are an unlikely duo, but their mischievous and sardonic view of the world makes them a brilliant creative team at ad agency Gordon Deedes Rutter. Everything goes swimmingly until a bizarre murder rocks the agency and ripples out into the national media.
The Chair Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,790. Language: British English. Published: March 16, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
As a survivor of a terrorist attack in London, Michael Hollinghurst is now a wheelchair user seeking retribution online - but will soon become a sitting target.
Sleeping with the Blackbirds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,870. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hideous parents and school bullies are making Roy Nuttersley's life a misery. So for comfort Roy looks after the birds in his garden, and in return the birds hatch a series of ambitious plans to protect their new friend. But like so many things in life, these go hideously wrong and the lives of both Roy and his arch tormentor, Harry Hodges, are turned upside down - but in a surprisingly good way.

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