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Monday, October 4, 2021

Tales from the Foxes of Foxham by Matteo Sedazzari - Book Tour


Tales from The Foxes of Foxham 
ZANI’s Tales Trilogy
Matteo Sedazzari

Genre: Light Fantasy, Humour, Young Adult. 
Publisher: ZANI 
ISBN: 13-978-1838462420
Number of pages:207 
Word Count: 60428 

Tagline: A magical adventure story, packed with colourful characters and exciting situations, in a battle of good versus evil. Set in 1950’s Naples and Norfolk.

Book Description:

It is the late fifties and the Witches of Benevento are determined to plunge the world into darkness by kidnapping and sacrificing the jolly and young Neapolitan fox, Alberto Bandito, in a sinister ritual.

Yet, fortunately for Alberto, he is rescued, then guarded, by his loving mother Silvia and mob boss father Mario with his troops, a good witch Carlotta with an uncanny resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, the Bears of Campania, the boxing wolves’ brothers Francesco and Leonardo, and other good folks of Naples and beyond.

However, their protection is not enough, for Alberto has been cursed. So, the young fox, along with his family, has to travel to the village of Foxham in Norfolk, the spiritual home of foxes across the world, to rid himself of this spell. The ritual has to be performed by a good fox witch, Trudi Milanese, but there is a problem, Trudi doesn’t know she is a witch….

Tales from The Foxes of Foxham is a magical adventure story, packed with colourful characters and exciting situations, in a battle of good versus evil.

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Excerpt 4

Enoch, looking impeccable in a new tailor-made purple suit, red frilly shirt and black shining laced-up boots, all purchased from several shops in Jermyn Street, London, SW1, smiles a wicked smile as he gazes at the café, Milano’s, then upon the green grass of Foxham Common and the oak trees of Foxham Woods, which loom over the greenery.

Along with the quaintness of the High Road, the common and the woods is Foxham Hill, a 10-minute stroll through the woods or 15 minutes if you turn right at the end of Foxham High Road. Upon this hill is the old medieval tower, an ancient relic that tonight will be instrumental in the destiny of the world. Moreover, in the roads and the lanes of Foxham and scattered around the Common are the homely houses and cottages, one pub (The Six Bells), and an array of shops and small boutiques. In addition, left of Foxham High Road is Fox Hill Lane, another hill, which leads to Fox Hill Hall, passing the Town Hall, the library, the court and the police station on the way.

By the dark lord’s side stand his brutal bodyguards, the bloodthirsty red-capped goblins Edor and Eder, clutching onto their axes. At the back of Enoch and these vile creatures are Ettore the black cat in a new sailor’s cap and the Witches of Benevento. All five witches refused Enoch’s orders to stand behind Ettore as they entered Foxham. Enoch had further problems with the witches as he wanted them to look like aged hags for this evening, but the witches insisted they kept their attractive personas. Enoch was fighting a losing battle, so he has reluctantly succumbed to their demands.


About the Author:

Matteo Sedazzari developed the zest for writing when he produced a fanzine entitled Positive Energy of Madness during the height of Acid House in 1989.  

Positive Energy of Madness dissolved as a fanzine in 1994 and resurfaced as an ezine 2003 which became ZANI, the ezine for counter and pop culture in 2009,  promoting online optimism, along with articles, reviews and interviews with the likes of crime author Martina Cole, former pop star and actor Luke Goss, soul legend Bobby Womack, Clem Burke of Blondie, Chas Smash of Madness, Shaun Ryder of Black Grape/Happy Mondays and many more.

After producing and writing for his own publication, Matteo’s next step was to pen a novel, A Crafty Cigarette – Tales of a Teenage Mod.

Matteo is influenced by Hunter S Thompson, Harlan Ellison, Kenneth Grahame, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Irvine Welsh, DH Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe, Frank Norman, Joyce Carol Oates, Mario Puzo, Iceberg Slim, Patricia Highsmith, Joe R. Lansdale, Daphne du Maurier, Robert Bloch, George Orwell, Harry Grey and many more.  American comics like Batman, Superman and Spiderman, along with Herge’s Tintin, also provide Matteo with inspiration.

Matteo also finds stimulus from many films like Twelve Angry Men, A Kind of Loving, Blackboard Jungle, Z, Babylon, This Sporting Life, Kes, Midnight Cowboy, Scum, Wild Tales, The Boys, Midnight Express, La CommareSecca, Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, so on and so forth.

As for music, anything that is passionate, vibrant and with heart is always on Matteo’s playlist.

Matteo Sedazzari resides in Surrey, which he explores fanatically on his mountain bike. Matteo supports Juventus, travels to Italy and Spain, eats and dresses well, as he enjoys life in the process.







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