‘From the Viewpoint of a Starling’ New Comic Novel by Somerset Author

starling picMove over Tom Sharpe! This book comments upon the human condition and society in a small, largely working-class town through its lead characters,some aspirational and some just plain weird. It had me laughing out loud in parts, especially when one of them slips through the broken river wall and slides slowly down the embankment regretting she hasn’t read any Tolstoy! The music gigs, the mad punk rocker and a host of other great characters all add to the mix to give an excellent Five Star read (Shaun O Byrne ).

From the Viewpoint of a Starling is a new book written by Somerset author, Alexia Bartlett. Set against the backdrop of a small disintegrating town, it is a dark, comic tale of hope and ambition.

Revolving around music as a main theme, the story seeks to reflect both the comedy and tragedy of life in rural Somerset. Alexia, who lives in Ashcott, has been inspired by local events and said “Whilst the location and story are fictional, I took inspiration from the collapse of the wall at West Quay in Bridgwater, and the removal of the old “Cellophane” chimney. In addition, the huge amount of art and music in the area provided an element of hope against this kind of background. The story became a depiction of sub-suburban life and a comment on the place that defines us.”


Alexia Bartlett – twice Labour candidate

Alexia, a former Labour Candidate for Sedgemoor and Somerset, began writing the book two years ago, with the aim of contributing proceeds to local charity Himalayan Children. She said, “As a teacher at Richard Huish College, I actively support the education of young people. This Taunton-based charity is vital in its work of developing the lives of students who might not normally have access to furthering education skills.”

Published under her maiden name A. C. Vernon, the book is available from www.buntybussell.com It is priced at £4.99 and 100% of the money raised will be going to the charity.

Alexia Bartlett:

Tel: 01458 210715

email: buntybussell@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/acvernonbooks


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10 years ago

Really enjoyed this book. I was born and bred in Bridgwater and could relate to this story.

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