“A Life Singular” is a seven-part contemporary fiction novel series by Lorraine Pestell. It tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. Here is a synopsis of each book.
In essence a love story, the books’ central themes are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, the relentless passage of time and how each affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices before it’s too late…
Book #1 – A Life Singular – June 2013
What do you do when you lose the one who gave your life meaning? You write about it. You tell the world how amazing it is to love and be loved by someone so special, what love helps you achieve and how it makes you stronger.
Inspired by “La Rabouilleuse (The Black Sheep)” by Honoré de Balzac.
Winner of two awards for general fiction:
Book #2 – A Life Found – December 2013
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents…
Inspired by “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand.
Book #3 – A Life Entwined – July 2014
Fame and fortune beckoned. Jeff Diamond was a success, whatever that meant… Fans followed him everywhere, reporters and photographers hid around every corner and journalists recorded his many indiscretions. A whole different world to the downtrodden streets of Sydney’s south-west, where vices were satisfied by using people to one’s best advantage.
Inspired by “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Book #4 – A Life Lived – March 2015
So this was it… Lynn and Jeff, two celebrities driven to change the world together, had grasped their life singular with both hands and were not about to let go. They had the Midas touch, gifted through the virtues of reciprocity and a deepening understanding of right versus wrong.
Inspired by “L’Etranger (The Outsider)” by Albert Camus
Book #5 – A Life Tested – March 2016
Lynn Dyson and Jeff Diamond had become the celebrity couple with the Midas touch. With their son showing signs of fulfilling his sporting destiny and a daughter who was already driven to right the world’s wrongs, they were showered with accolades and adoration from every corner of the globe.
Inspired by “El Alquimista (The Alchemist)” by Paulo Coelho.
Book #6 – A Life Loved – December 2016
Lynn Dyson and Jeff Diamond had become the celebrity couple with the Midas touch. With their son showing every sign of fulfilling his sporting destiny and a teenaged daughter who was already driven to right the world’s wrongs, they were showered with accolades and adoration from every corner of the globe.
Inspired by “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez.
Book #7 – A Life After – December 2017
Their handbook for life was complete. Not a cast-iron guarantee, but a good start for anyone looking for answers. The rest was up to its readers to make their own life singular. Jeff Diamond sealed the envelope on his manuscript, content that he had fully accounted for the life that had brought him to where he was today. Alone.
Inspired by “Le Roi se meurt (The King is Dead)” by Eugène Ionesco.