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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, inspired by personal experiences, Stories I Couldn’t Tell My Father by Steve Hayes, delivers drugs and the spirit world in a not-so-classic coming-of-age thriller.
Stories I Couldn’t Tell My Father
Steve Hayes’ thriller, Stories I Couldn’t Tell My Father focuses on teenage science genius, Tom, and his unusual granddad, Ben. Despite the age gap between them, it becomes clear that they have a special and developing bond, and drugs and clairvoyance play a vital part in the coming-of-age stories of both men.
Tom falls in love with Hali, a young clairvoyant with a lot of talent, while on an unpredictable road trip, but can he overcome his cynicism and learn to trust? And with a major drug dealer blackmaling Tom, will the high-risk strategies that Tom (potentially one of the greatest thinkers of our time) and his grandfather implement thwart his efforts?
Tom’s journey will make you smile while addressing some of the many obstacles we frequently put in our way when deciding whether or not we want to become adults. It examines the many possible starting points and unending finish lines that are hidden from our view.
In this debut novel, Stories I Couldn’t Tell My Father, Steve Hayes repackages a lot of his real-life experiences in a way that makes it a hugely enjoyable read and unexpectedly touching.
The author was born in New York City and moved to the UK 35 years ago. Working in corporate media in the US and the UK for many years, he’d wrote scripts for both video and live events. He decided to try his hand at writing a novel after retiring to Devon.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Hayes was a teenager in New York City, and as a rebellious young man, he wasobviously influenced by the drug culture of the time. He recalls his dad watching him get dressed to go to a friend’s wedding when he inquired as to whether this was the first of his friends to get married. When Hayes said “yes,” he asked how many friends’ funerals he had attended. Hayes responded, “I don’t know, maybe ten.” His fther asked, “You know that is not typical, right?” and Hayes credits that moment as the start of his awakening.
Another influential point in his life occured when Hayes was around sixteen. He was knocked out and stopped breathing, and he had the entire near-death experience. At the time, he was unaware of the profound impact it would have on his perspective on life, never even mentioning it again until he was in his thirties.
Hayes’ sister took him to a clairvoyant for his 40th birthday. He was brought back to the moment when he was close to death by the appearance of some of the people he had loved the most. He tried a variety of mediums over the course of many years in an effort to comprehend the phenomenon and developed an interest in what was going on. Because of this, he continues to use the conflict between science and spirituality in his writing.
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