Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Wonderful review of my debut novel released by Orenda in March (That’s where I’ve been all this time…)

Bibliophile Book Club


*My thanks, as always, to the legendary Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for this review copy*

About the book:

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinationsof complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll…

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About Matt Wesolowski

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Wesolowski started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous magazines and US anthologies. Wesolowski's debut novella ‘The Black Land‘ a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 by Blood Bound Books and his latest horror novella set in the forests of Sweden is available in 'Dimension 6' magazine through Coeur De Lion Publishing. Wesolowski was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at 'Bloody Scotland'; Crime Writing Festival 2015, his subsequent debut crime novel 'Six Stories' will be available through Orenda Books in the spring of 2017 View all posts by Matt Wesolowski

2 responses to “Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

  • Colleen O'Hea

    My book club has chosen your book, do you have any discussion questions that you can share?

    • Matt Wesolowski

      Hi Colleen, thank you for choosing my book. I have put together a list of potential questions below, I hope your book club enjoys it!

      1. How long did the format of the book take to get into? How difficult/easy was it to follow a podcast transcription?
      2. Were the individual voices of the characters distinguishable? Who was your favourite interviewee and why?
      3. How did you experience the fictional Scarclaw Fell as a setting for this story?
      4. Did you have any inkling about what was going to happen at the end? If so, at what point did you guess?
      5. Derek Bickers maintained that his ‘hands-off’ approach to the teenagers’ drug and alcohol use was conducive to keeping them safe.
      ‘If we’d lost our rags, kicked off with them, they would have still done it but further away.’
      Do you think if Derek and Sally had been more strict with the teenagers, Tom Jefferies’ death could have been prevented?
      6. Do you think Derek, Sally and the rest of the parents missed any red flags to do with Brian or Tom when either of them joined Rangers? If so, was this deliberate? Why?
      7. With a great more awareness around Autism and mental health, do you think if the teenagers had met Haris Novak today, would they have treated him any differently?
      8. If Brian had told the others that it was Tom Jeffries who had terrorised his father, do you think they would have treated him or Tom any differently?
      9. How did what happened to Tom Jeffries change Harry Saint-Clement Ramsay’s outlook?
      10. Does something still walk on Scarclaw Fell?

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