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)
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.”
Three weeks ago I received a letter from a literary scout to whom I had submitted my book for consideration.
“We love the book, it is so Manchester ……..you know anything that has an Oasis connection is trending these days”.
OK I thought to myself, well my book isn`t about Oasis….in fact there is more to the city of Manchester than !!
The letter continued………
“I loved the chapter about the Manchester riots which I found gripping, but can you make it a bit more…….Oasisy? I mean you could introduce a Liam Gallagher character to make it more….you know that is “Trending” these days !”
I didn`t have the heart to write back & inform her that many people in Manchester regard him as a !!
With a sigh of disappointment, I folded up the letter, & after placing it back into its envelope I hid it in the sideboard drawer labelled.
Is “Trending” just a trendy word for ??????
Do you write for for ….or maybe even both???
So tell me fellow writers…what do you think?
Due to illness I´m afraid I´ll be unable to attend the festival on 14th June, I was very much looking forward to meeting the other Bridge House Publishing authors and of course listening to the other 15 award winning stories as well as reading an extract from my monolog “To Bee”.
Still, if you live in London or, just happen to be there during the festival, then why not pop along as I´m sure there will be something there for everybody.
To find out more, just follow this link 🙂
Yesterday I received the fantastic news that my submission to the 2018
Waterloo Festivals Writing Competition has been included among this years 16 winners.
A launch party is to be held on the 14th June, to which the winners are all invited and will also be given the opportunity to read a short extract from their work in front of an audience.
I am truly humbled to be given this chance, but it does leave me in a bit of a quandary.
You see nerves always get the better of me on the big occasions….I´m a notorious “Bottler”, and right now I am seriously considering whether or not I should book my flight to London on the 14th June for fear of falling flat on my face again.
What do you think I should do?
P.S. Any help or advice would be most welcome.