Based in Yorkshire, Alan Reynolds’ interest in writing came later in life following a successful career in Banking.
Setting up his own consultancy business in 2002, he has successfully managed HR and Training projects across a wide range of businesses and organisations both in the UK and internationally. This experience has led to an interest in psychology and human behaviour through watching interactions and studying responses. Leadership has also featured strongly in his training portfolios and the knowledge gained has helped build the strong characters in all his books.
He took up writing as a hobby and completed his first novel, ‘Flying with Kites’ in just three weeks in early 2010 and it immediately attracted a cult following on the ‘Authonomy’ website with some acclaim - one reviewer called it 'an important story that needs telling'. It has recently been awarded a bronze award in the Wishing Shelf 2013 awards.
His work subsequently attracted the interest of Fisher King Publishers who launched ‘Flying with Kites’ in September 2011.His second novel Taskers End was published in Dec 2012, his third, Breaking the Bank, April 2013 and his fourth October 2013. He has now completed seven novels.
Alan Reynolds has been a regular at book clubs throughout Yorkshire and the north.
Flying with Kites
When you have lost everything, how far would you go?
The war in Kosovo has already been relegated to the history books but in his debut novel Alan Reynolds reminds us of the brutality and futility of this tragic conflict.
In a powerful and moving account, we follow the plight of Katya Gjikolli an English teacher who is forced to flee her native village with her baby son after her husband had been captured by Serb forces and believed killed.
Echoing actual events, we are transported through the unforgiving landscape of a Balkan winter, sharing the horror of her brief capture and subsequent escape.
The flight to a squalid refugee camp in Macedonia and subsequent evacuation to the UK are vividly portrayed and we share her anxiety as she is resettled with another refugee and her daughter in a tower block in Newcastle. The story follows the two women’s differing experiences and how they cope with acclimatising to the new culture.
We learn too about the local population and how they are also trying to survive and make the most of their lives which become inexorably intertwined with the refugees.
When you have lost everything ...you have nothing to lose
If there is a thin divide between brilliance and madness, who is to judge our sanity?
The story opens with three criminal psychiatrists reviewing the case-notes and background history of Gerald Perry, a wealthy former forensic science student and diagnosed schizophrenic. We learn about his tragic up-bringing and the incident that lead him to be interned to a mental institution indefinitely.
When the decision is eventually made to release him, Gerald assumes a new identity and returns to his family home, Taskers End where he had been brought up by his beloved grand-parents. He soon discovers that in his absence they had died in mysterious circumstances and, using his forensic skills, starts his own investigation with devastating consequences.
Then there is the beautiful Maureen.
For everyone who becomes involved with Gerald Perry life will never be the same again.
Breaking The Bank
Alan Reynolds has blown the lid off the culture and practices in British Banking that led to the financial crisis of 2008.
The book is set in a fictional Bank in 1997 and follows the exploits of Martin Brazier the manager of a branch in the North of England. We learn at first hand about the pressures exerted by the bullying Regional Director and his relentless drive to achieve targets. The rewards for success are lavish with bonuses and incentive trips; the punishment for failure, humiliation and shame. The resulting behaviours - hedonism, greed and dishonesty are played out in a fast moving thriller which will have readers on the edge of their seats as the story unfolds.
The Sixth Pillar
There is nothing as tragic as man’s inhumanity to man; what triggers such hatred that some are prepared to give up their own existence to destroy another’s way of life?
In his latest action-packed thriller Alan Reynolds explores the conditioning of the jihadists as we follow a young Iraqi, Tariq and his quest for revenge and martyrdom. We also learn about the SAS soldier who has to live with the consequences of war and his own demons of conflict. He attains an odd solace in the isolation of working on a North Sea Oil Rig but these two worlds collide with explosive results.