Gabriel's Angel “is the perfect antidote to the glib platitudes of emotional quick-fix culture: tender, astute and very funny" - Christopher Brookmyre. Gabriel Bell is a grumpy 44-year old web journalist irritated by the accumulating disappointments of life. He and his girlfriend Ellie want to start a family but Gabriel has so few sperm he can name them and knit them flippers. So it’s IVF, which is expensive. If losing his job was bad enough getting run over and waking up to find himself in a therapy group run by Angels just beneath heaven really annoys him. And it doesn’t do much for Ellie either. Gabriel is joined in therapy by Kevin a professional killer, Yvonne, Kevin’s last victim, a rarely sober but successful businesswoman and Julie, an art teacher who was driving the car that put Gabriel in a coma. In a rural therapeutic community set in an eternal September the group struggles with the therapy. If they do well they may be allowed to go back to earth to finish their lives, or pass into heaven. If they don’t, it’s Hell or worse: lots more therapy.
Bluemoose Books is an independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Kevin and Hetha Duffy started Bluemoose in 2006 and as a ‘family’ of readers and writers we’re passionate about the written word and stories. Stories are transformative and as publishers we delight in finding great new talent. We don’t have the heft of a London publishing house with the zillions of pounds to promote our writers but we do manage through innovative marketing to get our books into high street bookstores and reviewed in the national press. If you’re looking for orange headed celebrity books, you’ve probably come to the wrong place. But if you want brilliant stories that have travelled from Hebden Bridge, across the border into Lancashire, down to London across to Moscow, Sofia and Budapest and soon into the United States, then Bluemoose is the publisher for you. KING CROW by Michael Stewart won the Guardian’s NOT THE BOOKER in 2011 and was a recommended read for WORLD BOOK DAY 2012. We have sold the foreign rights to three of our book to Russian, Hungarian and Bulgarian publishers. Three of our books have also been The Guardian readers’ books of the year: KING CROW, GABRIEL’S ANGEL and PIG IRON. There are some great reviews of all our books on this site, so I do hope you get a chance to read them. Each and every book is scrubbed and polished until it shines and sent out with love and pride… and from the feedback we’re getting, it seems our readers like our books too.