When I was 23 I had a job selling butterflies in glass cases. I sold on the road in 32 states. This novel was inspired by that adventure. 

When I was 23 I had a job selling butterflies in glass cases. I sold on the road in 32 states. This novel was inspired by that adventure. 

  The Aftermath  is set in 1946, in a devastated Hamburg.  Just one year after the war, a British family share a requisitioned house with its German owner and his daughter. A situation that has dramatic  consequences for all.

The Aftermath is set in 1946, in a devastated Hamburg.  Just one year after the war, a British family share a requisitioned house with its German owner and his daughter. A situation that has dramatic  consequences for all.

 The second novel was called  Jesus And The Adman.  It's a fable that explores the themes of ambition, fear and death.

The second novel was called Jesus And The Adman. It's a fable that explores the themes of ambition, fear and death.

  More Than Eyes Can See  describes a nine-month journey I made with my family in 2005 to places affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic.

More Than Eyes Can See describes a nine-month journey I made with my family in 2005 to places affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic.

 My first novel was called  The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones .  It tells the story of a boy's search for meaning and his spiritual awakening in the midst of a family break-up.

My first novel was called The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones.  It tells the story of a boy's search for meaning and his spiritual awakening in the midst of a family break-up.

Reviews

 

 

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones

'Brook's debut novel is one of quiet miracles...implicitly in the marvellous way he is able to convince us of the power of faith.'  Sunday Times

'A beautiful meditation on childhood...Brook's voice has been plucked from the babbling tongues of his country and made new.' The Times

'...you'll find yourself seduced by the quiet power of the Welshman's prose, the subtlety of his narrative technique, with its onion-skin layers of meaning, sympathy and revelation.' Time Out

'The accomplished patterns and Brook's easy style form a readable and poetic first novel.' Guardian

'Subtle and sublime. Brook's novel is far out of the ordinary run...' Western Mail.

Jesus And The Adman

'Sharp, neat and highly to the point...recognisably the work of someone who is practiced at expressing himself without waste. There's no denying the pleasure and energy of the pared-down narrative.' Mail on Sunday

'...meets criteria that many contemporary novelists have either forgotten about or simply can not satisfy. The structure is perfect, the characters credible, the plot compelling. There is a rare attention to words, with original and elegant turns of phrase....an entertainment that slides into something darker...the ideas are profound and troubling...' Spectator

'A throughly smart, crafty and delightful novel. It's also a bold one... terribly funny and, finally, both disturbing and moving.'  Church Times

...'funny, readable...assured and confident...Brook knows how to pace a story.' Literary Review.

'Among his most obvious qualities as a writer is his sheer readability.' Western Mail.

More Than Eyes Can See

'...sent to find and tell the stories...And tell them he does, with a light, deft touch. Without a trace of mawkishness or sentimentality, Brook sets it out straight... with heartbreaking simplicity.' The Independent. 

'He has taken our Western preconceptions and allowed them to be broken down and reformed for us.  Not a story about despair...but about how to live a life...'  Mail On Sunday 

'a remarkable book that brought me face to face with the realities on the ground...' The Catholic Herald

The Aftermath

'Brook's masterful novel...wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation, and his vignettes of war-ravaged Hamburg are superb.'  The Mail on Sunday.  

'Superb...conjuring surprise after surprise as it shows how the forces of politics and history penetrate even the most intimate moments of its characters' emotional lives.' The Guardian

'Brook's fine, moving novel...addresses weighty themes - forgiveness, familial loss - with a light touch ...brings to mind no less a novel than JG Ballard's Empire of the Sun.'  The Financial Times

'Brook's profoundly moving...beautifully written novel ponders issues of decency, guilt and forgiveness...the meticulous integrity of his prose builds a narrative of chastened humans turning back from the brink.' The Independent.  

 'Brook's excellent third novel is a captivating tale of love among the ruins, treachery and vengeance...Brook weaves a number of masterly sub-plots. Surefooted, impressive, The Aftermath does what all good novels should.'  Literary Review

'Brook is wonderful at evoking the atmosphere of this forgotten time...with a spareness matched to the harshness of that winter.  There is much to think about here...'  The Times. 

'The Aftermath is a reflective act of compassionate but tough-minded observation. This is a stylish, heart-searching and convincing story that... memorably refashions this period.' The Herald.

'This is a thrilling, sexy, beautiful book.' Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival. 

'Brook has evoked a much-overlooked episode of history where a new order must be established, and trust re-learnt. An extraordinary read.' The Daily Mail. 

'The writing of this powerful novel is beautiful, the scene-setting cinematic.' The Sunday Times. 

 'If history is written by the victors, The Aftermath goes some way towards redressing the balance, making a heartfelt case for the universal nature of humanity.' Sunday Express