Emily Scialom

Welcome to my website, please take the time to read the reviews and watch/listen to my interviews. Also, I would be happy to meet with you personally at my forthcoming events and hear what you think about my books. If you haven’t read my books yet you can purchase them here from Amazon, or it is available in Waterstones as well as in many independent bookshops.

My New Book

The Rivers

Available Now

The Rivers’ is the title of my second novel. It is a love story. “We all live precariously. We all have powerful experiences which involve only absolute bliss and love. We never really talk about it. The lives of these people all have colour and vibrancy.

The Rivers of The Cam and The Thames flow freely through Cambridge and London, as do the lives of this plethora of characters. While Elizabeth Dalston and John Cross form a loving marriage, a sea of alternative romantic dynamics emerges from the chaos of 21st-century Britain. Amidst a backdrop of philosophic and emotional turmoil, these two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form.

Investigate them. They are incredibly troubled people who need to learn not to cause trouble for others.

The relationships between Elizabeth, John and other lovers are beautiful and intricate, which inspires the perception that true love, fate, passion and spirituality are the forces we live by.”

“Soft words softly spoken
Memories slide open
Like a childhood dream from long ago
A light shines in your eyes
And your beauty is hypnotic
Yet it’s a watch that’s swung in sadness
Your life’s been like the night’s
Always broken by the day
You’ve got a funny old mind
You think that all life’s born to shine
It’s such a beautiful thought
From a beautiful mind.”

The River Cam inspires one local author. That’s Cambridge’ speaks with a local author Emily Scialom about her new romance novel, The Rivers.

London Book Fair New Title Showcase, Olympia, West London
10th March – 12th March

I’m really excited about appearing and promoting my new book “The Rivers” at this annual event which will take place in March 2020. Celebrating it’s 49th year anniversary, it sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the Fair, so what better place to present my book to the wider public. Hope to meet you there. But you don’t need to wait till then to read my book you can purchase it from Amazon, Waterstones or any independent bookseller.
www.londonbookfair.co.uk

 

CULT CLASSIC Author

So Far . . .

The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’, my first novel, is about a man who has a Near-Death Experience and writes a new religion in a state of complete insanity. It was published August 25th 2016 and is available today from Amazon, Waterstones and Olympia Publishers.

The Rivers’ is the title of my second novel. It is a love story. “We all live precariously. We all have powerful experiences which involve only absolute bliss and love. We never really talk about it. The lives of these people all have colour and vibrancy.

Investigate them.

They are incredibly troubled people who need to learn not to cause trouble for others.

The relationships between Elizabeth, John and other lovers are beautiful and intricate, which inspires the perception that true love, fate, passion and spirituality are the forces we live by.”

I am now working on my third novel. It is a philosophical novel entitled ‘The Existence of Good’.

And Me . . .

I was born in Hackney, London in 1984. After ten years of my childhood spent in the spiritual heartland of Glastonbury, my family and I moved to Cambridge. There I completed my studies at Hills Road Sixth Form College and then went to Liverpool University to complete my BA in Communications, Media and Popular Music. I was a nationally published poet as a child. At seventeen I was internationally published. Subsequently songwriting led to my forming a band and the limitations of poetical verse then caused me to embark on writing novels, the first of which was The Religion of Self-Enlightenment.

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This book is really an echo for desire for peace in the world and how we can achieve it.

Jewish Telegraph

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A cult sensation, with positive word of mouth causing it to sell out at bookshops across the region.

Cambridge News

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A Cult Classic.

That’s Cambridge TV

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This book is a classic of
Near-Death Experience literature.

The Oracle – Glastonbury

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I could not put this book down. I was immediately hooked and read it cover to cover.

107 Endeavour FM – Chris Moore DJ

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If you buy one book in your life make it this one.

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This book helped me.

Meet & Listen to Emily

Tuesday
10th March –
Thursday
12th March
2020

09:00 – 18:30

London Book Fair New Title Showcase

Olympia, West London I’m really excited about appearing and promoting my new book “The Rivers” at this annual event which will take place in March 2020. Celebrating it’s 49th year anniversary, it sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the Fair, so what better place to present my book to the wider public. Hope to meet you there. But you don’t need to wait till then to read my book you can purchase it from Amazon, Waterstones or any independent bookseller.

 

October
2020

Dates TBC

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

This is far more than just your average literature festival – it’s the ideas bit that makes the difference, and it’s got hundreds. 8 days of inspiration covering literature, drama, music, comedy, dance, current affairs, creative writing and spoken word. All the ingredients for a fabulous festival – and I have been invited to attend. How wonderful, I’ve never been to Rochdale before, so I am really looking forward to going.

 

Saturday
16th November
11:00 – 14:00

Canterbury

Waterstones Canterbury

My first visit to Waterstones Canterbury was a great success. It was so nice to see so many of you come along to meet me and buy signed copes of my books – some even bought both of them – The Religion of Self-Enlightenment and my new book The Rivers. A big thank you to you all!

 

Thursday
10th October
5pm

Aberdeen

Blackwell’s Aberdeen

Blackwell’s in Aberdeen played host to my book talk. It was great that so many of you turned up to see me and hear about / and buy my two books. My last ‘Meet Emily’ was on the sunny south coast of England, this book talk was way up north in Aberdeen and the weather was great meaning I could spend some time on the beach! It’s so nice to travel around and meet such lovely people and have a chance to talk about my books, The Religion of Self-Enlightenment and my new book The Rivers – where a sea of alternative romantic dynamics emerges from the chaos of 21st-century Britain. Amidst a backdrop of philosophic and emotional turmoil, two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form.

 

Saturday
21st September
12:00- 14:00

Eastbourne

Waterstones Eastbourne

Back again at Waterstones Eastbourne which once again was a great success. This time to sign and meet on what was a sunny day on the south coast, with both The Religion of Self-Enlightenment and my new book The Rivers. The manager couldn’t believe it as every customer seemed to have a copy of one of my books!!! Take a look at some of you who bought my books – so many others didn’t want their photos taken – that’s fine. I’m looking forward to the feedback from everyone of you that bought my book photo or not.

Monday
26th August
15:15PM

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire provides information and entertainment from and about Cambridgeshire. I will be appearing to discuss my second book “The Rivers” – The Rivers of The Cam and The Thames flow freely through Cambridge and London, as do the lives of this plethora of characters. A sea of alternative romantic dynamics emerges from the chaos of 21st-century Britain. Amidst a backdrop of philosophic and emotional turmoil, two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form.

95.7FM (North of the County) and 96FM (South of the County) and 1026AM and on Digital. Listen online too via bbc.co.uk/radiocambridgeshire or click the LISTEN button.

 

TBC

Radio Interview on Brighton & Hove Community Radio

Brighton & Hove Community Radio is a radio station on the south coast of South East England. I will be appearing to discuss my second book “The Rivers” – A sea of alternative romantic dynamics emerges from the chaos of 21st-century Britain. Amidst a backdrop of philosophic and emotional turmoil, two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form. Please check back for full details once the date and time has been confirmed.

Saturday
17th August
12:00- 16:00

Eastbourne

Waterstones Eastbourne

July’s event at Waterstones Eastbourne was a great success, with all copies of my book The Religion of Self-Enlightenment selling out. Only trouble was, they forgot to order in copies of my new book The Rivers! So, I have been invited back to talk about and sign copies of my new book The Rivers! I look forward to meeting potential readers to talk about this modern day love story where two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form. See you in August on the sunny south coast.

 

A big thank you to just a few of the lovely folk from Eastbourne that bought my new book“The Rivers” and first book “The Religion of Self Enlightenment” – it was delightful meeting you all.

 

Wednesday
24th July
16:40pm

Radio Interview on Cry Community Radio Youghal

Cry104fm Community Radio Youghal is a radio station in Cork, Republic of Ireland. I appeared on the Drivetime Show to discuss my second book “The Rivers” – A sea of alternative romantic dynamics emerges from the chaos of 21st-century Britain. Amidst a backdrop of philosophic and emotional turmoil, two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form. Please take the time to listen to my interview with Cry104fm’s Eanna Dowling about love, sex and spirituality.

Saturday
20th July
12:00- 16:00

Eastbourne

Waterstones Eastbourne

Following the successful promotion of my book The Religion of Self-Enlightenment in March and June, I have been invited back to talk about and sign copies of my just launched new book The Rivers! I look forward to meeting potential readers to talk about this modern day love story where two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form.

 

And just a few of the lovely folk from Eastbourne that bought my book “The Religion of Self Enlightenment” – a big thank you, it was delightful meeting you all.

 

Wednesday
17th July
11:30am

Radio Interview ‘Phil Rowe’

Cambridge105fm Radio is a radio station in Cambridge. I will be appearing on the Phil Rowe Show. Phil Rowe presents a mix of music and conversation on a Wednesday morning. Featuring the Mystery Year and at 11.30 an interview with Emily Scialom who will be discussing her second book “The Rivers”. A sea of alternative romantic dynamics emerges from the chaos of 21st-century Britain. Amidst a backdrop of philosophic and emotional turmoil, two lovers manage to explore the depths of their love in its wildest form.

Saturday
1st June
12:00- 16:00

Eastbourne

Waterstones Eastbourne

Following the complete sell-out of my book The Religion of Self-Enlightenment in March, the lovely folk at Waterstones Eastbourne invited me back, with more copies this time! Once again I was there to sign copies of my book, chat about what brought me to write it and also give glimpses into my new book ‘The Rivers’ which is available now from Amazon, Waterstones and many independent booksellers.

 

And just a few of the lovely folk from Eastbourne that bought my book – a big thank you, it was delightful meeting you all.

 

Tuesday
April 2nd

London

Hatchards Waterstones –
King’s Cross/St. Pancras

Another complete sell-out, yes, all copies of my book The Religion of Self-Enlightenment sold, how fantastic. A big thank you to everyone that came along and made my first London signing such a success. Below is Viola who bought the very last copy.

 

Thursday
October 10th
5.30pm

Aberdeen

Blackwells Aberdeen

From the Eastbourne on the south coast to Aberdeen in the far north, I am pleased to announce that I will be with the lovely folk of Scotland at Blackwells on Thursday 10th October to sign copies of my book ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’. I look forward to meeting those who have read my book as well as those who have yet to read it. I will also be able to give you glimpses into my forthcoming book ‘The Rivers’ which will be published later this year.

 

Friday
March 8th
14:00-16:00

Eastbourne

Waterstones Eastbourne

A complete sell-out, yes, all copies of my book The Religion of Self-Enlightenment sold, how wonderful. A big thank you to all the lovelies that came along and made my Waterstones Eastbourne signing such a success, so much so that they have invited me back, next time on a Saturday – and with double the copies. Watch this space! Below are just three of you that bought my book, Jo who bought a signed copy even before the official signing began and Chris, who bought the very last copy.

 

Thursday
October 4th
18:00-19:30

Cambridge

Waterstones ‘Local Author Showcase’

The Waterstones Cambridge ‘Local Author Showcase’ was a great success and the feedback from all those that attended was very positive. It was so lovely meeting those who have read my book ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’, as well as those who have yet to, and be able to discuss it with them. Should you prefer a printed version then you can purchase a copy here.

 

Mon-Thurs 16:00-19:00

Date to be confirmed

Radio Interview ‘Drive Show’

107 Endeavour Radio is a radio station in Boston, Lincolnshire. I will be appearing on the Drive Show hosted by Chris Moore DJ. Chris has recently read my book “I could not put this book down. I was planning to read it over the weekend, but I was immediately hooked and read the book cover to cover this evening”

Thursday
June 21st

Cambridge

Poetry Reading, Wandlebury

An eclectic mix of poetry from 5pm until 9pm. Come along and join WordSpoke in celebrating the summer solstice, at the stable blocks in Wandlebury Country Park. I should performing at around 7pm.

Making People Smile

As part of my “The Religion of Self-enlightenment” book giveaway

Lynn is taking ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’ on holiday with her and will leave an Amazon review in her own good time 🙂 Thank you, Lynn!

Alex is the luckiest man alive! He is, in fact, the first man I’ve given ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’ to. I hope he will enjoy it!!

Tom is an excellent cashier and a wonderful person! Here he is with his free copy of ‘The ROSE‘!

Heeere’s Alison! She has a free copy of my “cult sensation” debut novel, ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’, in her hands! Lucky her.

Jane was just talking about spirituality and yoga before I pounced on her with a FREE copy of my debut novel, ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’! I hope she enjoys it.

Raj is thinking of writing a book himself and is about to travel to the Middle East. What a perfect reader!

Dearest Ami loves her free copy of ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’! It was awesome to meet you 🙂

Ann and Richard are creative types who have been happily married for many years. I would say that they accepted a free copy of ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’, but they actually insisted on giving me money for it! Thank you to these lovely people. 🙂

Pamela’s a lovely lady who is going to give my book a read.

Hannah wins a free copy of ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’ for her reading pleasure – after exams, of course!

Here’s the lovely Jenny with her FREE copy of ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’! She “loves a bit of self-enlightenment”

Giving away my book in the name of love. Thank you to the lovely Amy, who is taking the book back to Sweden.

I will post a picture of everyone I ever give a book! Here is the delightful Caroline, who is giving a copy to her husband, Stuart!

Here’s the charming Sinead with her free copy of ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’! She’s all about the word ‘enlightenment’… 🙂 Lovely to meet such a wonderful woman.

Amy’s happy with her free copy of ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’!

Here is Rosa. The acronym for the book is ‘The ROSE’, which we found synchronistic!

Emily’s taking her free copy of my “cult sensation” (Cambridge News) novel, ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment‘, to her book club tonight!

And let’s not forget my newly published “The Rivers” book giveaway

“I’m happy about existence again!” says Riina, after I gave her a copy of ‘The Rivers’.

Reviews & Interviews

A Manifesto of Peace and Love

Emily’s surname is pronounced ‘Shalom’, meaning ‘Peace’, which is entirely appropriate for the message she conveys via this wonderful book. Strangely the first chapter reminded me of Candide, due to the protagonist’s almost noble (if wrong-headed) determination to not engage with the world. But when that world is shattered, and the curtain is pulled back to reveal…. (well, I’ll not ruin the plot)…. The reappraisal of the meaning of life, and everything is simply stunning. And inspiring. Shalom, Emily, this is a gift to the world.

If you have to buy just one book in your life, let it be this one

I’m not usually one for books. I get very bored of them very quickly, and it has been well over a decade since I’ve managed to finish a book. This book broke the mould for me, big time. Not only did I finish the book, but I also read it in one sitting. I was enthralled from start to finish and felt like I had gone on some spiritual journey by the final page. There were many moments in the book that made me go, “Someone’s put into words how I feel!” And plenty other moments that made me go, “Huh… I’ve never looked at it that way before…”

If you have to buy just one book in your life, let it be this one. I say this wholeheartedly: You owe it to yourself to go on this incredible journey.

Powerful, thoughtful and just WOW!!!

A talented, brave and deeply sensitive author, Emily Scialom writes with brutal honesty, beautiful prose and a wisdom far beyond her years. An exquisite book that makes you think, challenges your existing attitudes, stretches your mind and nourishes your soul. Love this book and can’t wait for more from this amazing new talent!!!!

The Catcher In The Rye; Minus The Nihilism

The Religion of Self-Enlightenment (The Rose) is a timely, and classic novel that I hope will pass into the realms of fictional legend; one day soon. If I had to describe this novel to a potential buyer, than I would describe it as “The Catcher in the Rye” minus the nihilism of the key protagonist in said novel. Whilst it can be argued that the nihilism portrayed from the protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye is only a by-product of youth. The key protagonist Carrick in The Rose, displays none of these attributes at around the same age, and if he does in the slightest; it is only when reflecting back over a former life.

It is for this reason I am convinced that the reader of this review, will understand when having read The Rose that Emily B Scialom must be repenting for her sins from a former life as the writer J D Salinger, and the consequences of having written a novel such as The Catcher in the Rye. With this in mind I am convinced that, if Mark Chapman had of read The Rose rather than the catcher in the rye he would not have shot John Lennon.

Five Stars

Brilliant read. Would recommend to anyone.

I read it in one sitting!

I loved this book. Carrick’s struggles to find an authentic and validating way to self-identify and thus interact meaningfully with the world were as deeply moving and intensely heartfelt as anything I’ve read. The developing relationship between Carrick and Paul was beautifully portrayed.

A very interesting first book, both of ideas, and absolutely on-point characterisations, from a very promising author.

An awesome read. I recommend it to you wholeheartedly

This is one of those books that you pick up, glance at the title, and tell yourself that you will read it over the weekend. As the Italian Officer in ‘Allo Allo’ says, ‘what a mistake to make!’, I can assure you that once you have read the first few pages of this novel, your ability to put the book down will be temporarily incapacitated. The reader is immediately hooked; drawn in to the strange and surreal world of the main character as he strives to make sense of the incomprehensible thoughts and actions which haunt him, with ‘haunt’ being the operative word on so many levels. This is a thoroughly fascinating , thought provoking and exciting read. The author has hit on a winning formula here, which should propel this literary offering into the realms of well deserved success. There are strands of T.S Eliot’s ‘Prufrock’ subtly woven into the plot; as Carrick moves towards his ‘eureka’ moment, Strikingly, it is also as if Carrick has the starring role in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, whereby the knowledge he so clearly needs is presented in the metaphorical form of an obelisk. The constant theme is the ambiguity of life: the conceptualisation of the human condition and the sheer frailty of just about everything associated with it: the human spirit in a broken form, but not defeated. It is this sense of juxtaposition, so delightfully delivered by the author, that makes this book an awesome read. I recommend it to you wholeheartedly.

By JESS CHAFFEY

EMILY Scialom, author of The Religion of Self Enlightenment, has released her second novel, The Rivers. The rivers of Cam and The Thames flow freely through Cambridge and London, as do the lives of this plethora of characters.

Filming with Mirva for That’s Cambridge TV. The River Cam inspires local author Emily Scialom. That’s Cambridge TV interviews Emily who talks in depth about her new romance novel, The Rivers.

By SIMON YAFFE

It tells the story of Carrick Ares, who grows up without a belief in anything, but experiences an existential crisis.The only person to help him is a psychiatrist.Together they explore Carrick’s theories about life and he proceeds to write a new religion, The Religion of Self-Enlightenment, which becomes the expression of his ideology.

By MELISSA

The Religion of Self-Enlightenment by Emily Scialom follows Carrick Ares before and after a near-death experience. We meet him just before the accident and get to know him as he was. Before he died, Carrick coasted through life, careful to have no opinions, to have just the right responses to everything so as not to offend anyone, with no real depth to his thoughts or emotions. He was emotionally immature and lived superficially.

Emily Scialom’s debut novel The Religion of Self-Enlightenment packs a punch. At less than 200 pages, one might expect this book to be a quick and easy read. One would be very wrong. Right away, Scialom sets up the world and worldview of main character Carrick with stunning, raw detail.

By MIKE SCIALOM

Waterstones held the first of a regular series of authorial gatherings this month, which saw local writers present their work to the public. “We really wanted to highlight local authors and give you a chance to meet them.” The authors then had eight-minute slots to talk about their work and read excerpts.

By ALISTAIR RYDER

Her novel has taken critics by storm, with many drawing comparisons between her tale of a man who starts his own religion after a near-death experience with revered works of literature such as CATCHER IN THE RYE.

By ZENA AL MASKARI

Emily Scialom’s debut novel is the compelling tale about a certain Carrick Ares’ experience with death and is also one of the strangest books I’ve ever read – but for all the right reasons.

By ADRIAN PEEL

Cambridge author charts the flow of spirituality with new book. Religion is something that inspires Emily. “I gave my life to God about five years ago,” she notes. “I’m not a conventional religious person in any sense of the word.

THE BOOK CORNER

Lose yourself in one of our top reading picks from the MBS circuit. Carrick Ares grows up without any particular beliefs in anything. Yet when he suddenly dies in a car accident, he experiences what he feels to be the afterlife.

By MATTHEW CALLOW

The Religion of Self Enlightenment tells the story of a man, Carrick Ayres, who has a near-death experience in a car accident and come back to want to know the truth of life. He writes a new religion in order to improve our conscious wisdom.

With JOHN CALDWELL

Cambridge author charts the flow of spirituality with new book. Religion is something that inspires Emily. “I gave my life to God about five years ago,” she notes. “I’m not a conventional religious person in any sense of the word.”

By MIKE JONES

This book is a classic of Near Death Experience literature. It is also a classic of spiritual emergence – how conventional reality breaks down and one is confronted with the liberation of not knowing.

by CHRIS MOORE

“This is a thoroughly fascinating, thought-provoking and exciting read. The author has hit on a winning formula here, which should propel this literary offering into the realms of well deserved success”

By LAWRENCE JOHN

Somerset author, Emily Scialom is top of the book charts.

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