Christopher Sewell is famous. He used to be an ad executive with a wife, a drink problem and not much more. Now he’s serving a life sentence for the murder of Felix Carter, who used to be a famous pop star with an acting career, a drink problem and the world at his feet. Why and how Chris killed Felix is a mystery. Until, that is, he agrees to give a single interview from prison. Just the one, mind. You know what these celebrities are like… A sharp and delicious satire about stardom, and the way the media attempts to both satisfy and inflame our obsession with success.
"Holmes is a very funny storyteller... Sleb is an enjoyable and well-executed novel" - The Times
"A great read". - Glamour
"A fascinating insight into the nature of celebrity and obsession". - Red magazine
"A thoughtful character study, as well as a gripping psychological thriller." - Independent on Sunday
"Not only a brilliant satire on the shallow times we live in, but also a moving portrait of the disintegration of one man’s life." - Western Daily Press
"A brilliant satire on celebrity and the media, and a moving portrait if the disintegration of one man’s life." - Aberdeen Evening Press
"A funny and enjoyable book." - Sunday Express
"Clever, sharp, funny." - The Bookseller
"Funny, touching and often terrifying... Brilliant characterisation and a cunningly devised plot." - The Big Issue
"SLEB is terribly clever... Its most impressive quality is the rage and confusion of the grieving Sewell, and the shame and self-delusion of his descent into alcoholism... Painfully accurate emotion." - Heat
"Darkly enjoyable debut." - Play
"[SLEB] is not only a brilliant satire on the shallow times we live in, but also a moving portrait of the disintegration of one man's life" - Hello!
"It is safe to say that this will be one of the most enjoyable debuts of 2002" - Barry Forshaw, Publishing News
"Ingenious twist... Holmes has a great line in drunken, rage-filled monologues which collapse into pathos." - Literary Review