Leaving Sadie - A novel by S.J. Coules

Do you ever question the decisions you've made - how your life has turned out?

Henry does. He questions a lot of things, be it his job, the plays he writes, his smoking habit, or - more importantly - his relationship with Sadie. When he decides it's time to address the latter and take action, things don't go exactly as planned.

He seeks refuge in his work (cue smoking), and in the company of the mercurial Oscar-winning actor Miller Moore, who's set to star in Henry's next play - if he's sober enough to put a coherent sentence together. But Henry's thoughts regularly return to Sadie, who's dealing with a family crisis and a potential job offer that could move her across the country.

For Henry, leaving is always a possibility; be it a thought deep in the back of his mind, or a word right on the tip of his tongue. But little does he know, he's not the only one contemplating taking off.

The debut novel by screenwriter S.J. Coules (A Day Like Today), Leaving Sadie is a tale of love, family, friendship, the arts, and ambition in the unpredictable 21st century.

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You know how I was gonna self-publish my novel?

You know how I was gonna self-publish my novel?

September 18, 2018

Well, if ever I felt like a liar . . . Earlier this year I excitedly announced that I would be self-publishing my debut novel, Leaving Sadie, in June. Then, as the month approached like a freight train bombing along the tracks towards our tied-up hero in an action movie, I realised that I needed […]

Gallery

Gallery

August 16, 2018

A short story . . .     Gallery   It was Raymond’s suggestion. I understood art about as much as I understood Chinese, so I was never inclined to visit art galleries. I like the colours, I appreciate the skill; the talent involved. I understand that there’s talent. Well, most of the time—as Bob […]

Morrissey’s still got it.

Morrissey’s still got it.

August 12, 2018

I’m a massive fan of Morrissey, and I get a good chuckle when I hear people opining that he’s past it; his music apparently being mediocre at best; his lyrical prowess now a thing of the foggy past. Nonsense! Steven Patrick Morrissey is still one of the most gifted lyricists around, and one Mozza song […]

Valley Trail – Tracks and Carver

Valley Trail – Tracks and Carver

August 10, 2018

When I was up at Nita Lake (near Whistler, BC) a few months ago I went for a walk along the Valley Trail. I came across these train tracks and found myself wanting to wander from the trail and follow the tracks to wherever they would lead me. Alas, I didn’t have enough time to […]

ATTN, ISBN, and Other Abbreviations — Thoughts on an Author’s Road to Self-Publication

ATTN, ISBN, and Other Abbreviations — Thoughts on an Author’s Road to Self-Publication

July 21, 2018

Earlier this year I set my sights on June for the release of my debut novel Leaving Sadie. That, it turns out, was a tad ambitious. From last-minute rewrites and cover alterations, to figuring out where to publish and getting an ISBN (a barcode) – there’s a lot more to self-publishing than I had initially […]

Book Cover Reveal!

Book Cover Reveal!

May 10, 2018

Getting the cover for your novel right is a tough task. Here’s where I’m at.

Review of my feature film ‘A Day Like Today’

Review of my feature film ‘A Day Like Today’

May 6, 2018

  The Dublin Inquirer’s glowing review of the feature film I wrote ‘A Day Like Today’ – something to come back to every now and then 😉 “Walsh, screenwriter Shane Coules and the entire cast and crew of the production have made something very special.” https://www.dublininquirer.com/2016/03/23/a-day-like-today-reviewed/

The greatest bookstore of them all?

The greatest bookstore of them all?

April 30, 2018

A recent trip to MacLeod’s bookstore.

The Twitter Machine

The Twitter Machine

April 12, 2018

With love and trepidation…

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