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Friday, January 13, 2017

Blog Tour: The Little Voice by @JossSheldon #review

Psychological Realism / Contemporary / Literary Fiction
Date Published: 23rd November 2016

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Dear reader,

My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They’ve pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they’ve left me questioning my whole entire existence.

But please don’t think that I’m angry or morose. I’m not. Because through adversity comes knowledge. I’ve suffered, it’s true. But I’ve learnt from my pain. I’ve become a better person.

Now, for the first time, I’m ready to tell my story. Perhaps it will inspire you. Perhaps it will encourage you to think in a whole new way. Perhaps it won’t. There’s only one way to find out…

Enjoy the book,

Yew Shodkin


Note to self. If I ever start hearing from a voice in my head called "egot" I should probably not listen. 

Yew is a very difficult character in many ways. I rarely understood or agreed with him. He was frustrating and hard to relate to. 

This novel comes off as less Fiction and more "memoir" or "biography". It is written in the first person narrative. 

This novel spans quite a bit of time. You get to watch this character grow and while he does not always grow in a good way, you do see change in him brought on by many different circumstances. 

I liked the out of the ordinary perspective we were given. If you take a step back and not think about yourself or what you would do in Yew's place, it does have some great takeaways. 

Who are you living your life for? Yourself? Or Someone Else? I think that is ultimately the lesson here. While Yew did not go about it in the best way, he was fighting to be true to himself and live for himself and for that I can commend him for. 

Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unshaven layabout, and good for nothing hobo. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London's beating heart. And then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.
Then, in 2013, he went to McLeod Ganj in India; a village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his first novel, 'Involution & Evolution'.
With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. So he travelled around Palestine and Kurdistan before writing his second novel, 'Occupied'; a dystopian 'masterpiece' unlike any other story you've ever read!
Now Joss has returned with his third, and most radical novel yet. 'The Little Voice' takes a swipe at the external forces which come to shape our personalities. It's psychological. And it will make you think about the world in a whole new way. As the Huffington Post put it, The Little Voice is probably "The most thought-provoking novel of 2016"...

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