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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jesus and the Adman (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Aftermath (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing of Butterfly Joe (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

More Than Eyes Can See (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Godbothering (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Rhidian Brook is a renowned Welsh author of historical fiction, adult fiction, young adult, and nonfiction novels. He has written several successful books in his career and is particularly famous for his debut novel called The Testimony of Taliesin Jones. Brook is also a well-known broadcaster and screenwriter. He was born in 1964 in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Brook studied at the Churcher’s College located in Hampshire and passed out in 1982. His first book has won three prestigious awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1997. The book was adapted into a movie of the same and starred Ian Bannen and Jonathan Pryce in the lead role. Brook’s second book, Jesus and The Adman, was released in 1999 and was followed his third book called The Aftermath in 2013. This book has been translated into as many as 25 foreign languages. It has also been developed into a feature film that comprised of Alexander Skarsgard and Keira Knightley as the lead characters.

In addition to writing successful novels, Brook has also penned a few short stories, which have featured various literary magazines and journals, including The New Statesman, The Paris Review, Time Out, Punch, and others. A few of his short stories have also been broadcast on the program called Short story by BBC Radio 4. Author Brook’s first commission for TV was broadcast on BBC1 in 2005. The show, Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, had Timothy Spall in the role of the main character. Brook has also written for the BBC series called Silent Witness. It was broadcast between 2005 and 2007. He has even worked on a factual drama called Atlantis in 2008 for BBC1. Brook’s first feature film, Africa United, was released in the United Kingdom in 2010. After this, he adapted his book The Aftermath for his friend Scott Free. The adaptation released in March 2019 under the production of Fox Searchlight. Currently, is working on the adaptation of his 4th novel, The Killing of Butterfly Joe, for a movie.

Author Brook has written articles extensively for papers such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Observer. In 2005, Brook presented a BBC1 documentary called Nailing The Cross. While broadcasting a BBC World Service series in 2006, In The Blood, he recorded the journey of his family through the pandemic of AIDS. He even wrote a book about this journey and published it in 2007 under the banner of Marion Bayers. Brook has been regularly contributing to the BBC 4 show Thought for the Day from 2000 onwards. As of now, Brook resides in London with his beloved wife and two kids. He claims that he took to writing fiction for the first time in his mid-twenties. Before that, he employed as a copywriter. When Brook suffered from a viral infection, his condition became so bad that he could not return to work for a period of 2 years. But, he utilized his time wisely by trying his hand at writing fiction. At first, he tried writing a novel and a few short stories. Brook participated in a short story competition with one of his short stories and tasted success. This motivated him and increased his self-confidence to continue writing.

Eventually, Brook returned to his day job, but he continued with his writing stint in his spare times. Later, some of his short stories got published in magazines like Punch, Paris Review, etc. Soon after, Brook came up with his first novel and successfully published it in 1996. His career received a great boost after his debut novel went on to win three literary prizes. And after writing a couple of novels, Brook got busy with broadcasting assignments with the BBC. He helped develop many shows for the BBC and even traveled with his family to countries like India, China, and Africa. Brook’s latest novel is inspired by his own former business of selling butterflies inside glass cases in America. Author Brook is grateful to all the fans for liking for his work and appreciating his efforts. He is looking forward to writing many more interesting novels in the coming years and entertain the readers with his unique style of writing. Brook intends to write for as long as his body allows and exciting thoughts keep coming into his mind.

An exciting book written by author Rhidian Brook is entitled ‘The Aftermath’. It was released by Random House Canada in 2013. The book is set in Hamburg in 1946 and features the central characters in the roles of Colonel Lewis Morgan, Edmund, Rachel, and several others. This stunning book is based on people’s fiercest loyalties, their deepest desires, and their transformative power to forgive. Initially, it is described that thousands of people remain displaced in Hamburg after the war comes to an end. Col. Lewis Morgan is given the charge of supervising and rebuilding the devastated city and carrying out the de-Nazification of the city’s defeated people. He is provided with a lavish house situated on the banks of river Elbe.

Lewis is joined by his wife Rachel and his only alive son named Edmund. Rachel grieves the loss of his other children. The lavish house belongs to a German man, who lives there with his daughters after the death of his wife. Instead of forcing the original owner and his daughters to move out, Lewis Morgan decides that the two families will live together and share their sorrows. He also promises that no harm will come to the owner from his men. Lewis tries everything in his capacity to make the city a peaceful place to live again. He hopes that people will confront their real selves in the claustrophobic and charged atmosphere and will try to overcome their feeling of enmity.

Another excellent novel penned by Brook is known as ‘The Killing of Butterfly Joe’. It was published in 2018 by Picador. This novel consists of the essential characters as Llew Jones, Joe Bosco, and others. Its story is set in the 1980s in the United States. The book opens by mentioning that Llew Jones wants to visit America and write down whatever he experiences. He comes a butterfly salesman named Joe Bosco, who appears to be infuriating as well as charismatic. Both Llew Jones and Joe Bosco get along very well. They take up the journey of visiting different American states together and come across various adventures. One of their adventures goes out of control and results in the imprisonment of Llew. With his friend gone, Llew Jones needs to tell his side of the story if he intends to obtain freedom from jail.

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