Stuart Roberts was born in Neston, Cheshire, England in 1949. His schooling was very ordinary, and at the age of fifteen, he became an apprentice electrician. However, the work was unfulfilling. With a career change, he became a student psychiatric nurse at Deva hospital in the historic town of Chester. He qualified as a psychiatric nurse (RMN) in 1973 and eventually moved on to work in other hospitals in Cheshire. Later he specialized in community psychiatry (CPN cert) and continued to work on the Wirral Peninsular as a team leader for community psychiatry.
Taking early retirement, he embarked on his love of writing fiction and found an innate desire to tell imaginative and compelling stories. Currently, he continues to pen inspired, psychological thrillers drawing on his vast psychiatric experience where he brings fictional characters to life in his unique and creative style.
He now lives in the county of Cambridgeshire along with his wife. His great loves are reading and listening to music. Stuart also writes screenplays, one of which was the basis for his first novel - All Time Lowe.
Synopsis - All Time Lowe
A story of two fragile lives - Gary, an out of work, good-for-nothing and Quentin, sensitive, dedicated and responsible. From different walks of life, they meet as patients in a psychiatric hospital. With Gary’s infectious personality they form an unlikely, compelling friendship. Theirs is a chance meeting - or is it? Why was Mary, Gary’s wife, attacked by hundreds of angry biting flies? Eleanor, Quentin’s wife thought her closely guarded secret was safe. An unexpected confrontation with supernatural forces brings about unimaginable consequences. Beelzebub master of lies and deceit wields his awesome, cynical power unleashing his minions to do his dirty dealings. This is a story of life in the extreme full of twists and turns, double dealings and intensity. All this and more culminate in a stunning, unpredictable finale.
Amazon Customer - 12/01/17
It is not often I get the time to sit down and actually read a book and when I do, I like it to be easy to read, keeps me interested and gets to the point of the story, without all the wish-washy scene building and atmospherics that some authors insist on including. Luckily, this book was exactly what I was hoping for and a nice enjoyable twisty - turny read. Set a psych ward and based around two very different main characters, it was both an interesting insight onto the world of mental health and an intriguing psychological thriller. All in all an enjoyable read and a great first novel by this new author.
Sharon - 03/11/16
If you like psychological thrillers you'll love this. Best book I've read in a long time. A real page turner. Unputdownable. Loved the very believable characters and the humour. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Ian - 10/09/16
This is a very good read indeed. The author is a retired psychiatric nurse and his knowledge and experience shine through. Yet, though I'm a layman in this area, I found the clinical descriptions easy to follow and not at all over my head. The book as a whole has been very well researched, with plenty of local Merseyside atmosphere. The characters develop well and there are a good few surprises as the tale unfolds. I couldn't put this down and can thoroughly recommend it.
Sue - 22/01/17
A thoroughly enjoyable read . I must admit to being more of a 'holiday reader' but I found that I couldn't put it down until the unexpected conclusion was reached. There is a great mix of intrigue, humour and the psychiatric knowledge the author has is evident throughout. An easy book to get to grips with as opposed to many with 'flowery' and unnecessary descriptions that last for pages on end. An excellent first book and I look forward to anot
Lyn - 15/11/16
Stuart Roberts has penned an intriguing supernatural thriller here. I can honestly say it is unlike any thriller I have read before. (In a good way.) It is an uncomplicated read and reminded me very much of The Girl on the Train, but with a supernatural twist to it. Have you ever read a description of Beelzebub in a novel before? Well you’ll read it in this book. Phew.
The two main characters Quentin and Gary meet in a mental hospital for treatment, which seems simple enough, but as you read on you become aware of the developing characters – one Mr Nice Guy, the other Mr Snake in a suit, but in a way I liked the portrayal of the sneaky rogue, but I also felt sorry for the goodie. There is a lot more to this book ranging from sex scenes to sad moments and moments of fun and elation. It was a little bit like what next??? Lots of content packed in to keep you turning the page.
On the title page I noticed the book says it is based on a screenplay. I think this would make a very good film. Give it a try. A very good read.