For six people, reality is about to
become a bit more real

For six people,
reality is about to
become a bit more real


Six people have been chosen at random. Without their knowledge, Kathy, Mario, Garry, Hannah, Robert and Julia are about to participate in the ultimate game of manipulation.

A stranger brings them together, but can this ruthless puppeteer really be held responsible for the choices they make? In the end, who is to blame for their actions: for their deceit, infidelity and crime?

At the heart of this thought-provoking novel lie questions of fate and self-determination.

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What people are saying

‘… Glickman crafts an ensemble of varied and distinct characters for his lucky six, but his greatest trick is making the reader complicit in the Master Plan of his narrator — while you know full well that this expert manipulator is a high-functioning sociopath you ought to loathe, you’ll be just as keen as he is to see how his plan pans out.’
– Scoop Magazine

‘I admire Glickman’s sarcasm, his wit and his sense of humour. He plays with his characters, plays with the culture that is Perth …engaging and enlightening. Where would we be without ego? How much ego is too much of a good thing? How easily do we display our secrets under the guise of social media “sharing” and “likes”, and who or what can be trusted or manipulated here? Everyone it seems.’
– Reading Writing and Riesling

‘Glickman has created characters you’d probably never want to spend time with in real life and placed the in a fast-paced, well-structured and utterly compelling narrative. Reality is an original and darkly entertaining novel’.
– writingWA

‘Glickman’s debut novel shows us how psychologically the human species is so vulnerable to manipulation, and how easily we can succumb to our own egocentric and emotional indulgences.’
– Launceston Examiner

‘Fast paced, punchy and in your face… a book that you can’t put down.’

‘Reality is a complex and thought provoking book and would make a great read for a book club, or for the discerning reader with an interest in politics or psychology.’
– The Incredible and Rambling Elimy

‘The old saying “your freedom comes at my expense” has been turned on its head in Ray Glickman’s debut novel, Reality……a fast paced, well structured and utterly compelling narrative. Reality is an original and darkly entertaining novel.’
– writingWA

‘…thought provoking and darkly funny.’
– Sarah McNeill, Timeout

‘…is hard to put down once you start reading.’
– Roger Hanson, The Mercury Newspaper

‘I did enjoy this and could easily visualise the Fremantle characters! Will you like them? No. But you are not meant to. The book is paced well and the story quite believable. Could it really happen? More than likely. We are responsible for our own realities. Well Done for creating a good read Ray!’
– Rachael, Goodreads

‘If you are seeking a voyeuristic escape then Reality is the place to start. It is not often that a novel seeking to extol an author’s ego is written in the first person, and even less often that a (hopefully) fictitious drama is played out as a scene set in the endless suburbia of Perth, Western Australia. Ray Glickman actually injects a cosmopolitan culture and a subtext that works for Perth, a skill and feat that may not have been attempted before.’
– Andrew Blitz, Goodreads 

‘The author’s droll, dark brown humour enabled this octogenarian grandmother to allow the colourful language to go through to the keeper. In fact I Laughed Out Loud! It was a brain teaser finale. A good read.’
– Beverley, Goodreads

‘The book was a really enjoyable read and I burst out laughing a few times feeling a true and deep connection to the Perth lifestyles described throughout the book.’
– Karen Quigley, Goodreads

‘Forget manipulation. Forget the dubious character of the nameless ‘main character’. The intrigue lies with the self proclaimed ‘victims’, who find it so hard to take responsibility for their choices and actions. Don’t we all know a Garry and Mario between our friends… a real slice of life and most enjoyable read.’
– VhX, Goodreads

‘Ray Glickman’s enjoyable debut novel, Reality, presents a protagonist so smugly assured of his intellectual superiority that he decides to stage his own “reality show” – with unwitting real people in real situations engineered by himself. I found the characters suitably colourful and fleshed out to induce a sympathy and engagement in their stories.’
– Clinton Moore, Goodreads

‘A great read that moves along at a fair clip. I found myself squeezing in a couple of pages wherever I could.’
– Tim Brady, Goodreads

‘Glickman’s main character is like a human whisperer.’
– Garry Baverstock, Goodreads

‘I know it’s a cliché, but I couldn’t put it down. Well written, couldn’t wait to read the next chapter. Looking forward to this author’s next work.’
– Bob Bunney, Goodreads

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Ray Glickman author of frenzship and Reality. Ray is a CEO, board director, presenter, social media commentator, award-winning business leader and author.

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