About the book

A is for Angelica is my debut novel, published by Legend Press and available in paperback in the UK. The ebook is available on Amazon in the UK and US, and on the iBookstore.

In 2014, A is for Angelica won a Coventry Inspiration Book Award in the Word of Mouth category. 

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Cover design by Jonathan Wilkinson

Cover design by Jonathan Wilkinson



The blurb

‘My life is different now. I don’t go to work. I don’t have an office. I stay at home, hide behind curtains and make notes. I wait for something to happen.’

Gordon Kingdom struggles with the fate of his seriously-ill wife while patiently observing and methodically recording the lives of those around him: his neighbours.

He has files on them all, including:

  • Don Donald (best friend and petty thief)
  • Annie Carnaffan (lives next door, throws footballs over the fence)
  • Benny (the boy who paints with his eyes closed).

And then Angelica, the new girl (42) on the street, with her multicoloured toenails and her filthy temper. It’s when she arrives that Gordon’s world of half-truths really begins to unravel.

Faced with a series of unexpected events and a faltering conscience, he’s left with an impossible decision. Because in the banality of everyday life, what would you do if the unthinkable happened? 


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Praise for A is for Angelica

A first novel that confidently moves from dark comedy that’s genuinely funny to even darker despair that grows from moving to harrowing. Really impressive.
— Daily Mail
Presented in uncomplicated, unembellished prose, this is a brilliant and adeptly written debut novel, loaded with poignancy and feeling.
— Time Out
A brilliant, dark comedy with beautiful moments of pathos.
— Nathan Filer, Costa Prize Winner 2013
A is for Angelica and MF is for Meticulously Funny. It will make you laugh out loud and feel bad about it afterwards.
— Simon Crump, author of My Elvis Blackout and Neverland
A is for Angelica is a bold effort, and Broome’s uncomplicated prose pulls us through some potentially morbid subject matter with dexterity and humanity.
— Now Then Magazine
Iain Broome’s debut novel is an emotional twister that’s so good you won’t mind your feelings being manipulated as you won’t see it coming.
— The Bookbag
Basically, if you don’t laugh and cry over A is for Angelica in almost equal measures then bears don’t deposit their personal waste in wooded areas and I’ll only read this book once.
— The Bookbag
Iain’s magnificent and compulsive microscopic dissection of life in the suburbs was a joy to read from cover to cover, and is not only the best book I’ve read this year, but is also on my books for life list too.
— Tom Gillespie
There are no misplaced or wasted words in this smashing debut. Broome will no doubt be a rising talent to watch in literary fiction.
— Sinead Keegan
A is for Angelica is poignant, extraordinary and easy to read. Ideal for anyone.
— Louise Miller, Around the Red Map
I think this is a haunting and powerful first novel ... a book I shall certainly read again.
— newbooks