From Under Dark Clouds

A burnt-out British celebrity runs away to hide in a sleepy Greek mountain village. But can he keep his head down until the clouds blow over, can he fuck!

The first episodes that see our hero arrive in Greece until his election have been taken down and are now only available as an eBook. It includes extra material, never published on the blog. 

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  1. This is a masterpiece of witty rhetoric and social comment, set amongst the backdrop, of what is, a truly dire political scenario.
    I laughed out loud at the courgettes and the large carnivores. I felt sad at the felling of trees for firewood, definitely a non-fictional situation.
    This is not my usual genre of literature. I am a crime thriller kind of gal and am very pleased I was (mildly) persuaded to give this one a go. I am now hooked.
    I have been to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where I fell in love with Sonny Kapoor. I have now visited a mountain in Greece and fallen in love with a simplistic, naïve, idealistic, socialist.
    I believe this is a talented author in his infancy, one who I hope will give us a lot more of his humour and insight.

    1. Thanks, Ann
      Masterpiece does put the bar a bit high but I'll try not to disappoint.

  2. If this is not your sense of humour or mentality, you won't get it. It's mine, and I do and I loved it, but then I'm a fan anyway so I'd better remain anonymous!

  3. Entertaining and interesting read. The prose is reminiscent of Woody Allen during his peak era (and before he became publicly creepy) with a bit of "Hollywood" Buchowski thrown in to the mix. It tells the story of a Russel Brand-like celeb who moves to a mountainous Greek village in order to get his act together and somehow finds himself running for mayor.
    Although it is amusing and at times laugh out loud funny, the underlying sadness is ever present, as the story is set in debt ridden Greece and every character, the narrator, the crowds, his collaborators, the state and even his poor wife are sad, tired people.
    At this very moment, being Greek and nibbling at my fingernails, waiting and praying that our government will do the right thing and tell our creditors to go eff themselves, it did me tones of good to read a humorous, satyric but tender novella re my sad, exhausted country.
    I say keep it up mr O'Regan.

    1. Nice comparisons, Vicky.
      I'm living this story both in my own abstract world and the bleak reality. The one is therapy for the other.
      Being British gives me an innate ability to see humour in grimness but the darkness keeps reering its head.
      Keep enjoying the story.

  4. And as Ann said above, if this is not your sense of humour or mentality, it is fine by me, but these are my opinions and beliefs and I will not get in to any conversation with people disagreeing with my review of this book or my political mindset. So trolls and haters, don't bother.

    1. If you're going to troll, direct it at me and make it witty.
      Thank you for your understanding.


  5. I discovered this story with the episode called 'hobnobs' it made me laugh so i subscribed and though no more about it. Then i got a link for this book with the newsletter and read it.
    I've never read anything like it, each chapter is like a blog post and the protagonist writes first person. It's pretty deranged in the beginning but you follow the mental state of the the writer.
    it's dark at times but also very funny. I am Greek and it satirises what's going on now which is pretty mad. like one of the other comments, i'm now 'hooked'.
    I've now read most of the other episodes and it makes sense now. The story moves quite fast and each episode is like complete but it progresses, i could see it as a TV show.
     I read that the burnt-out celebrity in the story is like Russell Brand, the writer is British so it might be true.
    I can recommend it if you like British humour and satire or are interested in Greece.

    1. Thanks, unknown.
      Glad you enjoyed it. I must say I really enjoyed writing 'hobnobs' one of those episodes that told itself to me!

  6. This unnamed, cross-culturing celeb lands in after the burnt-out first attempt to make a name for himself, and starts worrying about the natural-disaster-size phenomenon of a mountain peak being hidden by a titanic cloud which nobody seems to notice in the middle of national turmoil. The hot-headed tribe teetering on the brink of bankruptcy seems to suffer civic hierarchy, obsolete bureaucracy and ostensive political order. His isle-in-rain-bred spirit is evidently aroused with the listing of environmental crimes, infestations, occupations, fires and corruption by this dormant people. A natural idealist acting upon his curious societal instincts, he gets himself elected Mayor while discovering the effects of tsiporo, and the wife gets trained into an experiment of balance and sobriety. Yes, they have kids.
    Classy and detailed diction of humane consideration; a striking perception of interpersonal conduct in a tight chain of current events and disruptive political circumstances. Mastering his conscientious understanding of human nature, the unnamed hero necks a Bushmills and rides the Vespa to take matters over without ever losing sight of the hilarious inflections of the narrative. Two boys of 'sublime sanity', two cars, a local primary, a curiosity of addressing the Press in red golf pants and a bouncing marker of social responsibility that drags him out of bed every morning. And a garden. And a supermarket. An IT guy. A well-assembled secretary and a janitor naturally. And the first confirmation of truth: the 'shady Socrates'. A new habit of reflecting on Mayors' tasks -though lately robbed off his desk. Plus, learning to survive 'screwed-up instant coffee', specially after a night out to bond the team, fulfil personal vanity and work for the greater good. And look for the Vespa.

    A witty showpiece of sincere appreciation of human conduct. Seriously recommended -a must-read!

    1. Thanks, I definitely have some very literate readers, Kudos to me. Glad to see you are all getting so much from it.
      I'm working on the Podcast now then compiling Part 2 where things get even more bazaar.
      keep reading and keep enjoying.


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