seven years easy town

book 1: beginning, or drafting a town experiment

snippets from book 1: a letter, give the world a shake, Jack fuming, playfulness questioned, snobs, why build a town experiment?, neurological patients, relatives of patients, she keeps not doing things no one else doesn’t do, a first meeting, the assistant, making things run, business rules, a blur, a Wednesday morning at the project, working out, challenging tech giants, gardens, religion, an outburst, moles, a nightmare, healthcare, sitting on the jetty, Hub Stations, Jack has a problem, business ideas, gendered fashion, rumours, durability, names, flying solo, Disney Dream Party, job security, job shaking, free trade, a bank, a football match, the first street layouts, a multi team meeting with Ecology & Agriculture, a clash, a surprise, movie critics, an Arts prank, Tom worried, more secrets, good news, demography, no talking to Alice, Alice lashes out, Jack has a sleepless night, Alice needs a break, a story for rainy days, teaching methods, mixing generations, a tense talk on the jetty, a secretive security company, conference rehearsal, Jack in doubts, Andy, Daria and Noel have a surprise for Alice, another talk on the jetty, Jack joins a secret meeting unwittingly, doubts about social media, numbers, Tom excited, a secret Hub meeting, Jack is surprised, Alice talks to a shadow on the screen, speech training, a summer scene, who rescues who?, role models, back in New York, the conference, a clash, a speech dismissed, two hours in a room, meeting a nervous global player, parties, smart toilets, meeting more big players, back at Tom’s, stars and a flying lion.

Alice Adler, a Berliner, sets out to convince Tom Holbon, the richest man on the planet, to build a town experiment. The aim of the experiment is to rethink — well, everything.

‘I hope he is curious enough to take a walk with me through the ideas. And I hope he is sensible enough to take his time before making any decision.’

book 1, beginning

It all starts with a letter to the US billionaire Tom Holbon.

And due to Tom Holbon’s involvement, the project catches the attention of some big market players — not in a good way. Luckily the team have some allies who keep them pretty safe for now.

At the first meeting between Alice and Tom

There was anger in Tom’s eyes when he said: ‘How is any of this going to end hunger, war, illness, injustice, fanaticism, terrorism, global warming?’
‘It’s half past nine. And that’s what you want to talk about now? All right. In short: With a single town, we can help to rethink whatever needs rethinking. We can test ideas and deliver tangible and reproducible results. War, hunger, global warming and all the rest are the consequences of inadequate practices. By tackling root problems in our town experiment, we might find adequate practices which in turn might influence all of the above positively.
But who knows? Maybe we find out that there is no hope for the planet as long as humans live on it. And even that would be a result. All charities could close, governments could go home and everyone could do whatever they want. No more worries. The world will end no matter what we do.’
‘Do you think this is a good moment to be sarcastic?’
‘I’m not sarcastic. Not really. Because this might be the result. Besides, it is paramount to keep in mind that this experiment will never provide ultimate answers. We need to be careful not to come up with some ultimate truth or salvation like so many movements and religions. No good has ever come from having all the answers.’

book 1, beginning

Some of the main characters

Alice Adler, born in Berlin, October 1972, freelancer in photography and web design. She studied business with a focus on finance and investment, and some economics. First impression: sportive casual, unruly short dark hair.

Tom Holbon, born in New York, March 1953, American businessman, programmer, the richest man on the planet, philanthropist, married to Fran Holbon. First impression: business casual, greying.

Jack Harris, born in London, July 1972, famous actor. Jack Harris works internationally and mostly lives in London. He has three children (18, 16, 8) with his ex-wife. First impressions: ‘Bloody hell, I’ve seen this guy on screen.’ ‘Blimey, he’s hot.’


Reading order, single chapters and extracts

Yes, you can read book 2 before book 1, or just the one or the other.

All books after book 1 will have a recap with relevant scenes and information about the previous book(s).

Yes, you can read a single country chapter. Each single chapter has a recap with things you need to know for that part of the story.

Extracts usually don’t contain significant spoilers and focus on discussions or statements which require little or no story background.

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All prices are the same internationally and include VAT. This means that my earnings differ from country to country while every reader pays the same worldwide.

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Prices are determined by the word count, a top up for publishing and a universal VAT, hence the fancy numbers.

The price is always the same whether you buy single chapters of book 2 or one of the two halves of book 2.

File format

The default file format is ePub. If you have any trouble with reading the file or if you would prefer a pdf or another format, just send me an email or use the leisure lane.


Amazon doesn’t allow anyone to sell Kindle files outside their platform. Since I decided not to work with Amazon, my book is not available for Kindle.

I guess that I am not even allowed to give you permission to convert my file into an Amazon file. So I won’t.

Why the hassle? Well, selling through Amazon would contradict everything the town experiment in my book series stands for.

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What’s this all about sex?

Book 2 is about a team, travelling around the world to further an international network for a town experiment. The sex talk is just one in many issues which keeps coming up. You can find a list of the main sex topics included in book 1 and 2 here >>>

When will there be a publisher?

One of the key points in the book series is to rethink the way we do business. This is why I hope to find people who are interested in testing new business models as well as a sustainable approach to publishing. For more, please contact me >>>


Any questions?

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seven years easy town, book 1: beginning, or drafting a town experiment, book cover

beginning, or drafting a town experiment

Price: €8.42 (incl. VAT)
Pages: 499, 133k
Format: ePub


Week 1 — Settling in
Week 2 — Health & Care
Week 3 — Economics & Business
Week 4 — Ecology & Agriculture
Week 5 — Arts & Crafts
Week 6 — Admin & Society
Week 7 — Research & Education
Week 8 — Design
New York
The First Easy Town Conference
Back at Tom’s

READ the letter which started it all.

READ the first pages of book 1, beginning.

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beginning, or drafting a town experiment, by Charlie Alice Raya, book series: seven years easy town, cover


drafting a town experiment

Charlie Alice Raya

Alice convinces Tom to build a town experiment. The aim of the experiment is to rethink everything.

Price: €8.42 (incl. VAT)
Pages: 499, 133k
Format: ePub

seven years easy town, book 2: travelling and We need to talk about sex, book cover, part 1


and we need to talk about sex
part 1&2

Charlie Alice Raya

Travelling around the world to get a shiny reputation, Alice is faced with allies and villains.

Price: €7.77 (incl. VAT)
Pages: 464, 122k
Format: ePub

seven years easy town, book 2: travelling and We need to talk about sex, book cover, part 3-7


and we still need to talk about sex, part 3-7

Charlie Alice Raya

Travelling with them are the past, personal demons, prejudice and unwittingly the issue of sex.

Status: coming up
Pages: approx. 647
Format: ePub