More than just “Thingamajig” ?




This is the latest in a growing number of reviews my book has received from readers who truly believe it has potential as a screenplay.

Thank you one & all, I am most humbled that you prize my work so highly.

From a realistic point of view I know the chances of it ever happening are smaller than a Sumo wrestlers Thingamajig. 

Still I would like to thank everyone who has read the book for all the fantastic reviews you have written.



A Minger’s Tale: Beginnings
by R.B.N. Bookmark (Goodreads Author)

Bookgirl86’s review
Jul 12, 2018
It Was Amazing!
Hilarious! I was pulled into this book right from the beginning by the funny prose and the stripped-down style of writing. It paints a picture of growing up in the mid-20th century in England that reminds me of a classic sitcom or something. But one of those that you had to sneak downstairs and watch after your parents went to bed.
Ribban Bookmark ( a pseudonym that was so hilarious that I chuckled every time I read it, honestly) had a hard life. The son of two Irish immigrants, Ribban grew up in Manchester, England in the 1950’s and 60s. He had a very hard scrabble childhood but the stories don’t come across as grim since he brings out the more comedic moments of them wonderfully.
Being American and much younger than the author, I was worried going into this book that I wouldn’t understand a lot of the lingo but he brings the reader along for the ride, explaining things when they might be more confusing and HELPFULLY explaining a lot of the language that would have been impossible for me to understand otherwise.
I had heard the word, ‘Minger’, however, before reading this and the title was what actually made me pick it up in the first place (or download it, as it were). I did not know, as Ribban illustrates, the the word apparently means: “Someone who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down.” Like I said, that kind of self-flagellating humor that had me dying laughing throughout the book.
I loved all of the characters, (especially his mother. She was a riot) but the witty, gritty prose was what sold this as 5 stars to me. Like Bookmark says in the beginning, “If only I knew where God lived, I’d show my dissatisfaction by pissing in his letterbox.”