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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, Mike Norris’s Reap Sleep Rock Repeat shares the story of Benjamin May appealing to return to the living as it tackles big themes including mental health, death and the afterlife.
Reap Sleep Rock Repeat
Mike Norris’s Reap Sleep Rock Repeat will instantly appeal to fans of Terry Pratchett’s ilk of humour, or those looking for something that can’t easily be pigeonholed into a literary genre.
What if your life was suddenly over and it wasn’t even meant to happen? From the moment Benjamin May is hit by a school bus that appears from nowhere he senses something is amiss. When that same bus turns out to be driven by a Reaper who resembles the front of a heavy metal album things get considerably stranger.
As it becomes clear that his death was an unfathomable mistake, the race is on for Ben to appeal his death before the most important figures in the Afterlife and return to the land of the living before it’s too late. However with people in high places with a lot to lose should he win, will Ben even make it back?
With anxiety and mental health a theme throughout, Mike Norris’ writing is striking a chord with those who have had first-hand experience of such issues, as he has himself. But far from morbid or morose, this novel is tender, uplifting and one that will prompt chortles galore.
Skilfully blending his tale of an untimely death with his lifelong passion for rock and heavy metal, Reap Sleep Rock Repeat is not simply a fun and riotous quick read, but one that you’ll find yourself recommending time and time again.
Mike Norris lives in County Durham with his wife Kayleigh, their daughters Eleanor and Imogen and their three needy cats. ‘Reap Sleep Rock Repeat’ is his first novel. When Mike isn’t pondering the inner workings of the Afterlife, he presents the popular podcast ‘My Classic Album’, where musicians share their love for their all-time favourite album.
Mental health is a huge passion for Mike. After struggling with depression and anxiety throughout his twenties and early thirties, Mike now supports others in his day job as a Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
Mike loves rock and metal (he also has a soft spot for the Corrs) and has spent the last 23 years cheering on his favourite professional wrestlers. Buy him a pepperoni pizza and an Apple Tango, and he’s yours for the night!
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