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 book. If you haven’t read my book yet you can purchase it here from Amazon, or it is available in Waterstones as well as in many independent bookshops.
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.
They are incredibly troubled people who need to learn not to cause trouble for others.
The relationships between Catherine, 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.”
‘The Rivers’ will be available soon from publishers Austin Macauley.
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 Music and Media. 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.
A cult sensation, with positive word of mouth causing it to sell out at bookshops across the region.
A Cult Classic.
That’s Cambridge TV
This book is a classic of
Near-Death Experience literature.
The Oracle – Glastonbury
I could not put this book down. I was immediately hooked and read it cover to cover.
107 Endeavour FM – Chris Moore DJ
If you buy one book in your life make it this one.
This book helped me.
Reviews & Interviews
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.
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.
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. Don’t forget that you can purchase the Kindle version for a mere 99p from 26th-30th November. Should you prefer a printed version then you can purchase a copy here.
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”
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.
Publication Date To Be Confirmed
‘The Rivers’ is the title of my second novel. It is a love story and features poetry and political observations. “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 Catherine, 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.”
The rivers 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.