Living Room Stories featured featured in The Guardian Books Blog as an excellent example of self-publishing. 'The handmade book ... is the true masterpiece.'
'I think what’s special is the sense of fragility he conveys. His characters, and his images, are all on the cusp of fading from view altogether. They are sous squeezed almost dry, yet in his stripped back grey prose the colours and hopes of what has leeched away return to haunt us long after we finish reading. The emotional power comes because we know these are characters who have lost but have never given up – and they wear that struggle in each word, as though Andy’s prose is a wrinkled skin covering them. His images, too, are of spaces in half light, on the border between desert and city, between construction and decay – places and things on the verge of not being. His work is made of layer after layer placed almost on top of one another to create something of utter simplicity.' Dan Holloway (eight cuts)
'What a collection this is. It would be no exaggeration to say that I have not taken pleasure out of a reading ‘experience’ quite like this before. I think that this was helped by reading each story aloud while listening to the corresponding piece from Arnalds’ collection. Harrod’s work should be regarded as a new form that calls on influences from literature, poetry and music. This project is a stunning marriage of the three, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.' Rory O’Sullivan (Sabotage)
‘They are largely about love and relationships and also happen to be very good. … Light is my favourite. A glimpse of a marriage with a tremendously romantic and moving final line.’ Scott Pack (Me and My Big Mouth)
Living Room Stories is an experiment - to write to music. They contain seven moments in the life of a couple, inspired by Ólafur Arnalds Living Room Songs. The stories explore loneliness, troubled pasts and hurtful behaviour, yet they are cut through with hope and love. Love is key to these stories; without love I fear we are nothing. Each story is a memory and I encourage interaction with these memories, read, pause, drift and picture.
For the handmade and kindle releases I have reordered the stories into a linear retelling of the couple's time together. However each story, which I see as a memory is on a separate card, these individual cards encourage interaction with these memories. There is no set order, there was the blog order and the liner handmade and kindle editions order, and most importantly there is the choice for the reader to develop their own order.
The first edition limited to 25 copies sold out in 36 days. Living Room Stories reached these counties:America, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Scotland and Sweden. Thank you to you all for buying it.
The second handmade edition is now available, limited to 50 copies. There will not be a third edition. Copies are available for £6.00 plus postage. The cover is a new transparent print (right). Each of the stories are printed on individual double sided cards with accompanying art or photography, housed in a seven inch record sleeve. Each copy is signed.
Included with the kindle edition are two interviews which explore my process of writing Living Room Stories. Though the interviews I also explain the space I inhabit which informs my themes and my approach to writing, photography and art.
Living Room Stories at Amazon.co.uk for around 97p.
Living Room Stories at Amazon.com for around $1.50.
Also available via the French, German, Italian and Spanish Amazon sites for around 1.15euros.
If you are interested in reviewing or interviewing please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or @decodingstatic on twitter.
Review by Dan Holloway on the Guardian Books Blog
Review by Vivienne Tuffnell on Amazon UK
Review by Kenna on Amazon US
Handwritten Review by Scott Pack at Me and My Big Mouth
Review by Scott Pack at Me and My Short Stories
Review by Dan Powell at Dan Powell – Fiction
Review by Rory O’Sullivan at Sabotage
Review by Anne Stormont at Write Enough
Interviews and thoughts
The Undercover Soundtrack – Andy Harrod
Interview with Berit Ellingsen
Interview with Anne Stormont at Write Enough
Interview with Dan Holloway at eight cuts
Edinburgh eBook Festival Undercover Soundtrack
Sabotage Reviews: eight recommendations of self-published works
Superb Self Publishing – the Motherlode for Overgrounding
The Cynical Self-publisher Anatomy of a Great Self-Published Book
Dan Holloway's 10 Thoughts for World Book Day
eight cuts Recommendation
beginnings on A Window to My World
Mensis Liber Winner's Post includes image of original artwork for the second edition cover
Winner of the original artwork for the first edition cover
eight cuts Analogue Christmas Presents includes Living Room Stories
Guest Post on Nik Perring's blog
Mensis Liber Giveaway