The Distant Sound of Violence

The debut novel by Jason Greensides

A powerful sense of place and a sharp, nostalgic feel pervade the novel, and the supporting cast of characters are richly engaging, exciting and thought-provoking read that I’d strongly recommend.
— A review from ★★★★★

Do we ever escape the decisions we make when we’re fifteen?

Nathan Dawes, the loser from school, an outsider, street philosopher and member of The Grove Runners gang, needs Ryan’s help to get Stephanie to fall for him.  When Ryan’s lawnmower is stolen, Nathan sees this as his chance to enlist Ryan in his plan.

Although Ryan knows becoming friends with Nathan could lead to trouble, he reluctantly agrees to help.

Stephanie wants nothing to do with either of them.  Besides, she’s more interested in the one guy in the world she really shouldn’t be.

As Nathan continues his pursuit of Stephanie, and Ryan becomes embroiled with The Grove Runners, soon events overtake them all, haunting their lives for years to come.

Part coming-of-age, part mystery story, The Distant Sound of Violence is a heartbreaking tale of bad decisions and love gone wrong.  It’s about choices that lead to violence, loss and tragedy.

There are twists and turns, light and shade in every page and in summation the book was a joy to read... It is without doubt a skilled debut from Jason Greensides.
— A review from ★★★★★

D.M. Cain, author of The Phoenix Project and Chronicle of Chaos, gave The Distant Sound of Violence ★★★★★ (Watch video below!)


Jason Greensides has a degree in Video Production and Film Studies and has made several short films - one, a competition winner, and two broadcast on television - but it's writing fiction he always returns to.

He's interested in 'outsider types', people operating on the fringes of society. This inspired him to write his first novel, The Distant Sound of Violence.

He's now working on his second novel, another coming-of-age mystery, but on coffee breaks he blogs and tweets on the mysteries of writing, life and the cosmos.