I’m really pleased to announce that my debut novel, ****, or, the Anatomy of Melancholy, has been released today. It took me a good couple of years to write the bugger, and now I share it with you all. It’s my first attempt at a full-length work, so it’s somewhat of an experiment on my part (although I’m glad to say the novel writing bug has hit and I’m thirty thousand words into my second novel – a whole different beast). As a first novel, **** is relatively ambitious in terms of style and topic, so I hope I’ve managed to realise my vision and come up with something passably engaging – you can all be the judge of that. If you’d like to know a little more about the book, here’s the blurb:

****, or, The Anatomy of Melancholy by Matthew Selwyn book coverReality is overrated. Sex, love, power, life: it’s gone digital. Why settle for a girlfriend with cellulite? Why spend every day working a dead-end job? These are the new days, the infinite days: plug in, get connected. Life is porn, porn is life, don’t accept anything less than the electric light show that is our digital reality.

At the end of every computer screen, a mind is being formed on the material coughed up by the web that connects us all: this is the story of one of the internet’s children, told from his own warped perspective. This is the millennial generation, the Y generation: we’re horny, lonely, afraid, and self-confident. This is our story, our reality.

Thrillingly inventive and powerfully engaging, ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy is a timely examination of life and masculinity in the digital age, a study of loneliness and mental decay, and a satire on the consumption of literature of disaffection. Brutally honest and darkly comic, it is a very modern novel about a very modern life.

Intrigued? You can find the book at Amazon now (US store | UK store) as well as iBooks and all the other major e-book retailers. It’s also available in paperback at Amazon, and shortly through other sources too (I hope some of the chain stores will pick it up once distribution to them has been sorted).

It’s an exciting time for me and I’m really looking forward to hearing different opinions on this, my first novel (as well as being petrified of the inevitable bad reviews that come – hopefully outweighed by the good – and how I’ll cope with them).