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Alex Pearl

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Back in the distant mists of time, Alex spent three years at art college in Maidstone; a college that David Hockney once taught at and later described in a piece for The Sunday Times as the ‘most miserable’ episode of his life. Here, Alex was responsible for producing – among other things – the college’s first theatrical production in which the lead character accidentally caught fire. Following college, he found employment in the advertising industry as a copywriter. He has turned to writing fiction in the twilight years of his writing career.

His novella, Sleeping with the Blackbirds – a black, comic urban fantasy, was initially written for his children and published by PenPress. It was longlisted by the Millennium Book Viral Awards 2018 and selected by the Indie Author Project in 2019 for distribution to public libraries across the US and Canada.

Alex’s debut thriller, The Chair Man is set in London following the terrorist attack in 2005. Self-published as an e-book, paperback and hadback, it was a Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2021.

His comic murder mystery, A Brand to Die For is set in the advertising world of 1983 and is, he thinks, only the second murder yarn ever to be staged in a London advertising agency; the first being Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers back in 1933. The sequel One Man Down will be published by Roundfire Books.

During the Covid epidemic, Alex conducted 100 author interviews in an attempt to delve into authors’ backgrounds, motivations and working methods. He self-published the interviews under the title 100 Ways to Write a Book and all author proceeds go to PEN International.

Alex’s claim to fame is that he is quite possibly the only person on this planet to have been inadvertently locked in a record shop on Christmas Eve.

Other Awards

Millennium Book Viral Awards 2018  Longlisted  (Sleeping with the Blackbirds)

Wishing Shelf Book Awards  Finalist 2021  (The Chair Man)

Books by Alex Pearl

  • Random Ramblings of a Short-sighted Writer Random Ramblings of a Short-sighted Writer


  • A Brand to Die For A Brand to Die For


  • Sleeping with the Blackbirds Sleeping with the Blackbirds


  • The Chair Man The Chair Man


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