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Author Q and A with Paul Carroll

May 4, 2021

Reproduced from Female First Female First speaks to Leeds-born author Paul Carroll about the inspiration for his new novel, Don’t Ask, about his former career in PR, and about his love of music, among other things. Your latest novel is about the issues that can arise from having a home DNA test. Can you sum

Female First selects Don’t Ask as ‘Must Read’ of the week.

May 3, 2021

Reproduced from Female First  Contemporary fiction author Paul Carroll’s new novel Don’t Ask is a gripping family drama that explores the unexpected consequences of taking a home DNA test, and which shockingly reaffirms the old adage, ‘Be careful what you wish for’. By Gwyn Rees For those who enjoy novels that draw on present-day social

The story behind Don’t Ask – Interview with Paul Carroll

April 29, 2021

The idea for my novel Don’t Ask was inspired by my partner’s mother.  Lesley took a DNA genealogy test out of idle curiosity only to discover the identity of her biological father – a family secret for years.  Her shock and surprise was equalled only by the other family involved who quickly shut down any

What goes on tour…

April 28, 2021

Launch day for Don’t Ask, and I’m going on tour.  A blog tour that is, visiting twenty-eight different book bloggers over the next fourteen-days. No roadies, riders or overnight travel on a tour bus required – it’s a strictly online experience as my latest work is paraded in front of an audience of discerning and

The Rolling Stones: The 50th Anniversary of ‘Get Your Leeds Lungs Out’

March 13, 2021

The Rolling Stones, Leeds University Union, Saturday March 13, 1971 Being a fifteen-year-old schoolboy, how come I was one of 2,000 lucky punters crammed into Leeds University Refectory fifty years ago tonight when The Rolling Stones made their historic appearance there? By that age, I was going to plenty of live gigs, and Leeds, and the

New Novel – Don’t Ask – Lands 28th April

March 12, 2021

Paul Carroll’s latest novel, Don’t Ask, is released by Matador on April 28, 2021. A DNA ancestry test opens up a Pandora’s Box of secrets.  When Elsa Watson takes a DNA ancestry test out of idle curiosity she little imagines the devastating consequences she is about to unleash.  Two families become reluctantly entwined as inconvenient truths