Saturday, October 18, 2014

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

Would your grandmother like this book?

I’d like to think so. There is one scene where characters talk about sex, but my grandmother was quite liberal and very supportive of her grandchildren. I think the book can appeal to all age groups. We all have family and we all know people who are different.

What is your elevator pitch?

A book about two estranged brothers and an inheritance dispute set at their mother’s funeral. The book features a variety of odd and colourful characters, all with their own problems. The funeral and the wake serve as catalyst for some of them, group dynamics and individual qualities show a range of options how to deal with difficult situations and human conditions.

How did you come up with the plot for Conditions?

The book is inspired by one specific funeral that I attended and my speculations as to why family relations had broken down so dramatically. The UK has a different legal and underlying moral system to that of Germany when it comes to inheritance and that gave me further ideas for the plot. 

How is this book different from other books in this genre?
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Why is your book cool?
Because I kept it in the freezer for the last four years.

About the book:

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 
The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. 
Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

About the author:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. The Luck of The Weissensteiners was published in November 2012; Sebastian in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel Time To Let Go. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalization.

Connect with Christoph:
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Buy his books:
Conditions | The Luck of the Weissensteiners | The Black Eagle Inn
Time to let Go