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Stuart Bateman’s debut novel, Grind, is published as an ebook via Smashwords today.

 

What had be wanted to be when he grew up? Adam struggled to remember. Probably an astronaut or racing driver, the same as any other kid. But reality had put paid to those vague ambitions early in life. Average in every way, the opportunities simply hadn’t presented themselves. He’d done well enough in school and sixth form college, before drifting his way to a mediocre degree at a mediocre university. In this respect, Adam represented the British middle class everyman.

Now, in his mid thirties in a low-level management job in a large corporation, Adam Johnson is at something of a crossroads. Single and terminally bored, he’s concerned that life is passing him by, while all around him his friends and colleagues are busy living and experiencing the highs, the lows and the dramas of life.

Grind is what happens when Generation X drifts into day-jobs. With the ennui of Michel Houellebecq’s Whatever and the bleakness of Michael Bracewell’s Perfect Tense, Stuart Bateman’s debut novel captures succinctly the emptiness of everyday existence in the early 21st century.

 

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Get Grind for $3.99 here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504028

 

Amazon Kindle and print editions are planned for early 2015.

December 22nd 2014 will see debut novel by Clinicality Press co-founder Stuart Bateman hit the virtual shelves.

Clinicality Press, the home of clinical brutality, follow the publication of their second flagship anthology, ‘Clinical, Brutal 2’ with ‘Grind’, the debut novel by co-founder Stuart Bateman on 22nd December.

While he’s been content to lurk in the shadows since Clinicality Press was founded in 2008, contributing only to the two anthologies and ‘C.N.N.’ (2008) in collaboration with Christopher Nosnibor, Stuart Bateman hasn’t been idle, and Clinicality are now proud to unveil ‘Grind’, an incisive critique of life in the 21st century.

The book will first be published as an ebook via Smashords and available through Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Apple’ iBooks, amongst a host of major on-line outlets. A Kindle edition will follow later, with a print edition planned for early 2015.

About Grind

Grind follows in a number of contemporary traditions: the blank novel, the depressive realism of Michel Houellebecq, the office novel (as exemplified by Matt Thorne’s 8 Minutes idle) and echoes works such as Perfect Tense by Michael Bracewell. On the face of it, the narrative that follows Adam Johnson, an office worker in his mid-30s in a mundane low-level management position at a corporate giant, is neither clinical nor brutal. But Bateman amplifies the drabness of existence and amplifies it with a rare and elegant intensity to forge a work that dissects the grim realities of modern life with a sharp scalpel of existentialism. It’s a book that simultaneously celebrates boredom, and as such belongs to the domain of Lee Rourke’s The Canal, but at the same time paints a bleak portrait of life in late capitalist culture that belongs less to fiction and more to the domain of cultural commentary.

“Conventionally, the central character is just that. But in Grind, Adam is a nearly man, an also ran,” says Stuart. “I wanted to dismantle the conventions of the novel, but not by dispensing with character or chronology. Instead, I wanted to write a book that was accessible and in many ways overtly commercial, while undermining everything that’s consistent with commercialism and accessibility. Specifically, I wanted to dispense with the artifice of plot and the way conventional novels focus on an eventful period on the life of an interesting, engaging character. Adam is neither interesting nor engaging, and Grind charts a mundane period in a mundane life. Meanwhile, the drama unfolds around him in the lives of his friends.”

As such, Grind inverts all literary conventions when it comes to the notion of lead character and supporting cast, suspense, drama and character development. Instead, what Grind presents is not a work of fiction but a slice of life under late capitalism.

 

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About the author

Stuart Bateman is a quiet, shy and retiring born in Lincolnshire in 1975. His creative interests are diverse, although he tends to operate as a facilitator and behind the scenes technical advisor and refuses to engage in social networking. To date, his published works are C.N.N. (with Christopher Nosnibor) and pieces featured in the two Clinicality Press anthologies. He’s working with Karl Van Cleave and Vincent Clasper on a collaborative multimedia project scheduled for publication in 2015. Grind is his debut novel.

About Clinicality Press

Clinicality Press is a small, zero-budget publishing house based in the UK dedicated to the publication of non-mainstream books. Clinicality Press is the leading publisher of works that espouse clinical brutality, as its two flagship anthologies, published in 2010 and 2014 illustrate. This improbable genre – a hybrid form combining ultraviolence with medical terminology and precision – was conceived around the turn of the millennium by Christopher Nosnibor and Stuart Bateman, although it took them until 2008 to assail the world with their vision for ‘writing for the post-CSI generation’.

Although Clinicality’s emphasis is cutting-edge, postmodern and avant-garde works of fiction, our aim is to publish and promote the kind of texts most other publishers won’t touch.

We like it like that.

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Clinicality Press are elated to announce that Karl van Cleave’s collection of short stories, entitled Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions will be published as an e-book via Amazon Kindle and Smashwords on 28th February 2012.

Van Cleave made his Clinicality debut in the Clinical, Brutal… anthology in 2012 and has since featured in the Clinicality blogzine. Incisions… contains 6 short and brutal stories and is Karl’s premiere solo publication. Written in blood with no detail too unpleasant, Karl’s writing is not for those with a delicate disposition.

The six stories are as follows:

Blades
Broken Wings
Screw I
Screw II
Trauma
Appendix

We’re giving away ‘Blades’ as a free taster over at Smashwords.

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Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions will be priced at £3.99 on Amazon.co.uk and (approximately) comparatively on international sites. Links to follow: watch this space.

We’re not all bah, humbug here at Clinicality Press – although don’t think for a second that all the festive frivolities mean we’re going to be giddy with seasonal spirit. Life – and death – goes on, and when it comes to sticking the harsh realities in your face, few writers come more harsh in their realities than Karl van Cleave.

So we’re unveiling a second story from Karl’s forthcoming collection of stories, Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions via Smashwords. ‘Broken Wings’ is clinical, brutal and existential. And in the spirit of goodwill to all, we’re giving away the first downloads for FREE. You can get yours in practically any (virtual) format you can imagine by following this link.

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Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions will be published as an e-book in February 2013, with a print edition later in the year.

We’re proud to announce that our first publication of 2013 will be a collection of short stories by Karl van Cleave entitled Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions. It’s clinical and exceptionally brutal and we love it.

Karl contributed a brace of cut-up poems to our landmark Clinical, Brutal… anthology in 2010 and has also had writing featured in the Clinicality Press online.

Ahead of the book’s release, we’ll be putting a couple of the stories out as free e-books via Smashwords, with distribution to other channels  / formats including Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook and Kindle. The first of these, ‘Blades’, is available as of now and can be downloaded for free from HERE.

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Call us opportunistic arseholes if you like – we don’t give a fuck as long as we get some exposure and people by our books. And Clinicality Press is all about selling books. Actually, we’re all about great writing – not classically or technically great writing, necessarily, but exciting writing, writing that stirs things up and makes readers think and feel.

So we’re shamelessly proud to announce that July 2012 will see the publication of the expanded second edition of Christopher Nosnibor’s audacious anti-novel / (self)critical text This Book is Fucking Stupid. Subtitled ‘Fifty Shades of Shit’, it sounds the death knell of the postmodern era and will be available exclusively on Amazon Kindle.

Dates, prices and other minor details to follow. Stay with us…

The first edition of This Book is available as an e-book in every format you could dream of through Smashwords, currently priced at $2.99.

The self-sabotaging sales strategy for This Book is Fucking Stupid by Christopher Nosnibor steps up another notch at Midnight tonight as the purchase price is set to increase by another dollar to $2.99. Where will it end? Right now, we’re not saying, but while $2.99 is is still a bargain basement price for a work of literature that assaults and debases every literary and marketing strategy under the sun (while still containing a magnificently-crafted and touching story), it’s not as much of a steal as $1.99.

1st July 2012 will see the book’s price rise to $3.99, so now’s the time to purchase your copy (available in myriad ebook formats) as this bin-end continues its journey to classic collectible!

Download your copy HERE

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