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How’s the book doing, Chris?

The front cover of the Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax

Sort of all right, thank you. Well, I’ll let you make your own mind up:

  • over 30,000 sales (by early 2016)
  • #1 in Political Humour (UK)
  • #2 in Humorous Fiction (UK)
    (those are its highest rankings on Amazon)
  • UK – 4.3 stars (out of 5) from 413 reviews
  • US – 4.2 stars from 160 reviews

Lately I’ve been finding it a bit more difficult to maintain my habitual pessimism (about the book, at least). Sales started to increase in late April, after I changed my description and categories on Amazon. When it started to tail off in September, I put the Kindle price right down, and that helped a lot. But the most important thing is that I’ve had some really kind Amazon reviews and  emails about it – all from generous people going out of their way to make me feel better. I’m very grateful to them.

Here are my press reviews:

Not many books make me laugh out loud, but The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax is one of them” – Stylist magazine

You can’t help being tickled” – The Guardian

Shevlin was rightly picked up by the literary agency that represents the likes of David Nicholls” – Metro magazine

What I’m getting at is that you might like it. If you’d like to buy it, click one of these links:

Kindle ebook     |     Amazon UK (£1.99)     |     Amazon US ($3.99)

Paperback     |     Amazon UK (£7.99)     |     Amazon US ($9.45)

If you’d like to review it, I’d be extremely grateful. Here are the links for that:

Amazon UK     |     Amazon US

Anyway, thanks for visiting my website. You might want to scroll down the page for my blog, or look at one of the relatively popular posts on the right. Alternatively, click ‘read the whole thing’ below to see the blurb and some more of the things people have said about the book.

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Stylist review

Well, here we are. I cycled and Tubed all over London this evening trying to get an early copy of Stylist, only to find that my housemate had one. Here is the (extremely nice) review from their Book Wars section at the back of the magazine. I’ll start with their verdict – but read on for the full review.

(You can also read the review of Perpetual Astonishment on Stylist’s website.)

The verdict: read the comic gem The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax

Exuberant is the word that comes to mind when describing this book. It’s one of those reads you can take an age to get through – simply because you find yourself re-reading joyous passages of comedy and revelling in the carefully constructed characters. One scene involving a murderer, a gym manager and a copy of The Cat In The Hat left one of our reviewers giggling helplessly. It’s a rare book that does this. Utterly recommended.

(And here’s the rest of the review…)

The Perpetual Astonishment vs Comfortably Awkward

Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, independent publishing is in the spotlight, so we’re putting two new self-published titles to the test

The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax

Stylist.co.uk’s online writer Anna Brech backs The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax by Christopher Shevlin

Not many books make me laugh out loud, but The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax is one of them. Like Comfortably Awkward, it stars a hapless and bumbling lead – Jonathon – who is struggling to come to terms with life in the urban fast lane. But while I found Albert Ferenzo’s never-ending neuroses over corporate life in New York grating, Jonathon’s foot-in-mouth persona is wonderfully endearing and acts as a perfect launch pad for the rest of the story. Continue reading

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How to self-publish

I’ve written a short guide that I hope will be helpful to people – like me – who want their novel to be available in paperback and on Kindle, looking as much like a professionally published book as possible. The process has been much more complicated and confusing than I thought possible, as well as being a fair bit more expensive than I expected. But I set out to do this properly, and I’ve tried to stick to that. Continue reading