Snow Blind is a viciously funny novel with a moral. It lifts the lid on male relationships and asks whether men ever truly grow up. More importantly, what impact is this having on the legacy we leave our kids?
Dan Greenhenge is sliding uncontrollably towards the dual dangers of a gaping ice-blue crevasse and a marriage of convenience. This 40-year old music obsessed copywriter is a lovely, but hapless man, his survival will be determined by whether he can finally take responsibility for himself.
Richard Blanchard's debut novel takes place over an extended stag ski weekend in Chamonix, France, below the peaks of Mont Blanc. Dan is under pressure from every angle. First his son Bepe is in a life threatening accident at Manchester Airport, and then there is Robert, an estranged college friend who disrespects everything Dan is, who leads the stag party astray. Dan's boss has heaped work on him, to try to save their advertising agency. But his biggest worry is the presence of Juliet, the `love of his lifetime' ex-girlfriend who has wrangled her way into the weekend, an honorary stag-ette on a mission.
As the stags push Dan into increasingly embarrassing situations, he can't refuse. But when they take this novice skier to the Vallee Blanche, some of the most challenging terrain in Europe, have they pushed him too far?
Richard Blanchard's debut novel Snow Blind draws on his life experiences; being an avid skier; becoming a father late in life and losing close friends too early in theirs. His previous short story work generated critical acclaim. Born in 1962, Richard grew up in Liverpool. After graduating from the University of Westminster, he built a career as an executive in the retail industry. He still lives in Liverpool with his wife and two sons.