Fluke's Cradle - Out Now!

Eddie Noble had always wondered who his father was. His mother had died shortly after childbirth, and those shielding him from life’s future challenges were not always forthcoming with any answers.

Following a mysterious medical episode whilst searching for his mother’s grave, Eddie becomes increasingly convinced he is the person he was in a previous life. He then undergoes an enforced period of regression therapy to aid his rehabilitation. 

Enter Marianne Borg, a beautiful psychic medium, Nathaniel Bream, a quirky psychiatric paranormal research specialist, and Professor Allan, a mental health scientist who all take a particular interest in Eddie’s plight.   

eBook: Hardback: Paperback 



ISBN: 979-8428566093 - First published 2022 by PublishNation

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What people are saying...

“Mal Foster has taken us to somewhere beyond just pure enjoyment. If plausible fiction exists, then this is it. 'Fluke’s Cradle' is a book with a unique and magnetic storyline. It’s also rich with vibrant, colourful, and memorable characters, to which, I suspect, we can all relate. No one should miss out on the experience of reading this. It’s a gem!” – Brenda Jackson  (Review Editor) 

“Sit back and enjoy what turns out to be quite a rollercoaster ride. This fast-moving song of a book has so many little twists and turns. It simply keeps you hooked. Arguably Mal Foster’s best writing yet.” – Fiona Browne

"A brilliant 'Must' read!" - Sue Mackender (Author of, Girl on the Hill)

"Fluke's Cradle' was brilliant, it brought back so many childhood memories. I haven't read a book this fast for years. I'll definitely recommend it to my friends." - Julie Errington.

“Just finished reading ‘Fluke’s Cradle’, really enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down, it’s an intriguing story! Mal Foster's best book yet” – Jane Johnson

"What a unique storyline. I loved this book from start to finish. Such a great read!" - Jess Newman

"It's awesome!" - Morgan Wright, Animator & author

"Wow! I have just finished reading Fluke's Cradle, it certainly was a rollercoaster, I laughed and cried, and it kept me guessing right to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it." - Ivy West

"Well worth the read . Thoroughly enjoyed it!" - Jan White.

"It's another great read. Kept me guessing until the end. Flukes Cradle is my second book by Mal Foster. I certainly will be reading more!" - Amazon Review 

"I read 'Fluke's Cradle' in one sitting. Yet another brilliant book. Well written and researched. Good luck with any next one!"  - Paul Clark

“It’s quite nice being able to relate to certain things, Camberley, Woking, Knaphill etc. I just can’t put the book down!” – Kay Rudd

"Awesome!" - Scott Manser

“Keeping within his usual style of writing, Mal Foster blends mystery, mental illness and plot twists to make for such an interesting page-turner of a book. The local area knowledge is astounding as I am local myself, I recognise the areas. The research into mental illness and the Angolan war makes for a very authentic feel to the main character's storyline. A wonderful read and I would recommend it to those that like mystery, intrigue and other-worldly forces!” – Emma Foy

“It’s got a great plot and it all gets tied up neatly at the end, I really enjoyed it!” – Zoe Hatfield

"Awesome story and plot. Great intrigue with Eddie’s rehabilitation and those involved directly and indirectly. Indeed the main characters show uniqueness, allowing the reader to thoroughly enjoy the journey through this tale of the human condition and its consequences." - Gary Fellows

"A cracking book..." - Simon Brown

"I really enjoyed all aspects of this book. I have learned so much while reading Fluke's Cradle, well done Mal Foster. You added depth to the story with all the facts about mental health. Proper page-turning read!" - Janette Prowse

"Terrific!" - Tracy Clark

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Independent Interview

Mal Foster talks about his new novel 'Fluke's Cradle'


Mal Foster, talks to Kathy Kelso, about his publishing journey so far, and a little about his superb new psychological thriller, ‘Fluke’s Cradle’…

Mal Foster, an author of the ordinary man? “Too bloody well right I am”, he says, grinning widely from behind his raised pint of rapidly disappearing Hells lager. Mal and I have known each other since we were teenagers. We used to indulge ourselves in contemporary poetry, Leonard Cohen, Hart Crane, Douglas Dunn, Jack Kerouac, Robert Service and the Mersey Poets, et al etc., whilst sipping long-lasting cappuccinos in an upstairs coffee lounge at the top of Camberley High Street. I’m delighted to say Galinis as it was known, has miraculously crept into Mal’s intriguing new book, ‘Fluke’s Cradle’ as part of its storyline. In those hurdy-gurdy days of the 1970s, a cappuccino was simply called frothy coffee and we both knew how to make it last, and for those of us who didn’t have two 5p pieces to rub together, it was a godsend. 

While I gazed down onto the street outside, Mal would concentrate on scribbling fragments of poems in a little green notebook he always carried around in the inside pocket of a well-worn fake leather jacket. Often, he’d be found at his usual table, with three other budding writers, Alan Guest, Jez Goodwin, and Sean Duffy… all four poor misguided souls had their own ideas on how their writing could change the world. Fortunately, naivete eventually gave way to reality and they all moved on to negotiate the rest of their lives quite differently from one another.  Mal though is still in contact with Jez, who is now, a successful TV chef and food resource expert who resides in Houston, Texas in the U.S.

Fast-forward 50 years and Mal prides himself on his independent author status…“If I’d sent any of my manuscripts to a traditional publisher, they would still be gathering dust and would never have seen the light of day. Thousands of fiction books are published each year in this country alone. I soon realised that the self-publishing option was probably the best way of getting my books out there.

What, if any, are the benefits of self-publishing? "Firstly, the author is in complete control of the whole process, including the book's promotion. The key thing is, is not to let your expectations be too high. Any self-published indie author who exceeds sales of 200+ copies in all formats will probably celebrate even though they will never get their initial investment back – that sadly is commonplace with self-publishing, but it’s a small price to pay for something that is so rewarding. If you treat writing as a hobby, you have nothing to lose."

Keeping his feet firmly on the ground, Mal adds, "I’ve always written for my own pleasure, not the money, if I did, I would be bitterly disappointed. That said, when a book is published, there’s nothing more pleasing than someone stopping me in the street and asking about one of my characters. It proves that people really can immerse themselves in what I write.”

Are there any downsides? “Yes, of course. Whilst I enjoy researching and writing my books. I find the editing process quite arduous. It can also be a potential minefield. It's where the manuscript is most vulnerable. For instance, there is nothing more annoying than when something gets missed during the final proofreading phase. Although errors can easily be fixed, through a quick Amazon edit, a missing question mark or a stray apostrophe can bug the hell out of you... something I know all honest authors will admit they go through. Also, after publication, the first few weeks can be quite nerve-wracking until the first pieces of feedback filter through. Luckily, most reviews I've received have always been quite positive.”

This all brings me nicely back to Mal’s exciting new novel 'Fluke’s Cradle’, a paranormal/psychological thriller that (as you will have seen above) has already been heralded by some early reviewers as his best writing yet...


This item originally appeared on the Woking Writes (Writers at the Gate) bookblog in April 2022 

Mal signs copies of 'Fluke's Cradle' at a special event in Knaphill, near Woking, Surrey in May 2022