Sunday, 16 September 2018

#BlogTour: Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers @problemsolverge @rararesources #DarkParadise

Dark Paradise is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. There is not one but two giveaways running at the end of this post or alternatively you can get your copy on one of the following links.

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Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for.


Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly.

Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper.

With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Jeffrey Black.

The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine. 

My Thoughts:

Dark Paradise is the first in the Boise Montague series. I have read some cracking books lately, all different and thoroughly enjoyable. Dark Paradise is no different. 

Set on a small Caribbean island the author clearly knows his stuff. This was a new location for me and it was vividly and descriptively brought to life. It was fascinating to read about. 

Boise Montague is the main character and after the death of his wife he returns to St. Thomas hoping returning to the place so familiar to him will ground him. However he gets a lot more than he bargained for. When he begins to investigate the murder of his friend a whole host of other characters come into play. An eclectic bunch to say the least. I really found the character of Boise to be likeable and I am hoping to read more about him in the future. 

The story rattled along at a good pace and there was a slight humour to it and the setting was great. For my first taste of Caribbean Noir I really enjoyed it. 

About the Author:

Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

#BookBlitz: The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke @VictoriaCooke10 @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #TheHolidayCruise

Delighted to be taking part in the Book Birthday Blitz today for The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke. Published by HQ Digital UK. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the celebrations.


As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.
Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.
As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.
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My Thoughts:

The Holiday Cruise was the perfect read at the perfect time for me. I don't often stray away from crime fiction and thrillers but when I do I really enjoy the change of pace. This book was no different I was totally absorbed and I loved it. 

Hannah has had a rough time, her husband has left her for another woman and her life has unravelled. She has let her life and her business fall by the wayside and she fancies a change and to reinvent herself. What better way then to take a job on cruise ship. It gets her away from the villagers gossiping and feeling sorry for her and allows her space to find her own way. 

Hannah meets lots of new friends and gets to experience a new place every day, the weight of what has happened to her starting to lift off of her shoulders. One rule that is bestowed upon the staff is no fraternising with the guests and Hannah has no intention of breaking the rules, that is until a handsome stranger arrives on board.

This book is full of fun and excitement the characters are great and the story flowed really well. I quite fancy going on a cruise myself now. 

I only have one question for the author, when is the sequel coming out?

Thoroughly entertaining and highly enjoyable. 

About the Author:
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

#BlogTour: Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds by Columbkill Noonan @ColumbkillNoon1 @crookedcatbooks @rararesources

Published by Crooked Cat Books on the 4th September 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. There is a giveaway running at the end of this post.


Hold your flying horses!
Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world, an event which the locals call “Ragnarok”. This time around, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.

Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarok? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife? Will they save the world…again? 

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My Thoughts:

Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds is quite possibly the most quirky and original book that I have read this year, I loved it. 

Set in Victorian times Barnabas and Wilfred are a pair of detectives. The mystery takes place within the realms of norse mythology. The imagination of the author is immense and I was utterly transported into the worlds between the pages. The premise seemed initially confusing but I was drawn in right away by the settings and the humour that leaps off of the pages. 

I adore these two detectives and they may just be my new favourite detective double act. 

A host of wonderful and individual characters make this book an absolute delight to read and I feel privileged to have been invited on to the blog tour. 

I haven't read the first book in the series Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab but I most certainly will now. 
About the Author:
Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).

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Sunday, 9 September 2018

#BlogTour: Hunter's Revenge by Val Penny @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @rararesources #Hunter'sRevenge

Hunter's Revenge is published by Crooked Cat Books on 9th September 2018. My thanks to the author and publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend's death is revenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George's home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend's past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George's killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter's perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. 

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My Thoughts:

Hunter's Revenge is the second in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. Although not essential I feel that it might have been beneficial to have read the first book as there is some continuation of characters etc. 

Hunter's Revenge opens brilliantly and the author managed to suck me in to the story right away, there are twists and turns aplenty and I was second guessing the plot throughout. 

The author has managed to create quite a cast of characters, none of whom were superfluous. DI Hunter Wilson is a great character, as he investigates why his friend George Reinbold was murdered and as the case takes on multiple strands we get to find out more about DI Hunter Wilson. 

This isn't the fasted paced crime novel I have ever read but the plot was excellent and came together very well. The case was enough to hold my interest and kept me turning the pages to find out the final answers.

I would certainly be tempted to read more from this series in the future. 


About the Author:
Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, 'Hunter's Chase' set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, 'Hunter's Revenge' will be published on 09.09.2018.

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Saturday, 8 September 2018

#BlogBlitz: Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira @rararesources @matadorbooks #SleepingThroughWar

Published by Matador on 9th January 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog blitz. 


Sleeping Through War
It is May 1968. Students are rioting, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, and war is raging in Vietnam. For three ordinary women in Lisbon, London and Washington life must go on as usual. For them, just to survive is an act of courage. How much has really changed in 50 years?
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My Thoughts:

Sleeping Through War is a relatively short novel at 200 or so pages but I found it a wonderful and all encapsulating novel with tremendous characterisation and fantastic historical research. I really enjoyed it. 

The reader is treated to the story of three women and their lives. Sleeping Through War is set in 1968, the world is a very tumultuous place. Wars, riots and nuclear testing are blotting the landscapes of countries across the world.

Despite the fact that the three main female characters in our story live in different countries, there are similarities between all of them. We have Amalia, Rose and Mrs Johnson. The author has given these ladies distinct voices and their stories shine out across the continents and the pages of this wonderful story. 

As a reader I was able to look on in wonder at the strength of these women. During difficult times they showed great strength and resilience and an attitude of carrying on regardless. A great sense of time and place is shown throughout this novel and I was was deeply touched by the wonderful narrative and the unwinding stories of the characters lives. 

The author has managed to write a deeply emotive and moving story of a time that still resonates today, I enjoyed the powerful and descriptive writing very much indeed.  

About the Author:
Jackie Carreira is a writer, musician, designer, co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company, and award-winning playwright. She mostly grew up and went to school in Hackney, East London, but spent part of her early childhood with grandparents in Lisbon's Old Quarter. Her colourful early life has greatly influenced this novel. Jackie now lives in leafy Suffolk with her actor husband, AJ Deane, two cats and too many books.
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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

#BlogTour: The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #TheLionTamerWhoLost

Published by Orenda Books in paperback on 20th September 2018, the ebook is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past,The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

My Thoughts:

I always wait patiently when I hear that Louise Beech has a new book coming out and the anticipation for The Lion Tamer Who Lost was no exception. I always wonder what direction she will choose next. A writer that makes me think and feel and always captivates me with her wonderfully entrancing writing. 

The cover for The Lion Tamer Who Lost is absolutely perfect, it  is somehow simple and complex at the same time and is the perfect one for the wonderful novel. 

Set in Zimbabwe and England a transfixing sense of place is captured particularly in Zimbabwe if I closed my eyes I could almost imagine being there. Louise Beech always writes her characters with great depth and great heart and they are a pleasure to read about. A writer that is very astute as she manages to capture their emotions and lays them out bare across the pages. 

Ben travels to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve after a promise that he had made. Andrew keeps his wishes in a box, fate seeming to bring to the two characters together. 

Essentially a story of love in its many forms and sexuality and identity. A story that is ever real and certainly current. 

I have been moved beyond measure and even had a little cry at the beauty that this writer has created. I didn't think that she would be able to top The Mountain in My Shoe but she has and I can only dream of what comes next from the pen of this one off, one of a kind super talented author that captures heart and mind and is quite simply a piece of wizardry. 

You would be foolish to miss this one. 


About the Author:
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. 

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

#BlogTour: I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford @sjfordauthor @rararesources #IGiveYouMyHeart


Published on 1st September 2018. You can get your copy here, or enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour.

𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲-𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.

Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.

I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.

An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.

My Thoughts:

I was a bit worried about reading I Give You My Heart, anxious that it would make me too sad but it really isn't completely sad, it is moving and uplifting and full of a warmth that was like being wrapped up in a hug. 

Alice Richards is dying, she has a brain tumour. She is planning on being an organ donor and she also wants to make sure that those that she cares about are going to be ok when she is no longer around. 

I really liked the character of Alice, despite the desperate situation she still thinks about others, showing a great strength and resilience. 

This is really such a beautifully told and moving story, poignant and memorable. A story that deals with bereavement and what happens to those left behind but it is also a wonderful story of love in all of its guises. 

Touching and wonderful, a superb debut. 
About the Author:
SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on September 1st 2018.
SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.
A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.
Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.
SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love...Mr Darcy's brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere's arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern's heartbreaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze's mega moves in Dirty Dancing. 
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Friday, 31 August 2018

#BlogTour: Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan @JackJordanBooks @CorvusBooks #BeforeHerEyes

Published by Corvus Books on 16th August 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and for inviting me on to the blog tour.

She can't see the killer

But the killer can see her...

Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in a small, claustrophobic town, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But then she stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene - watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer's face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.
As the police begin hunting the person responsible and more victims are discovered, Naomi is forced to answer the question on which her fate hangs: why did the killer let her live?
In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes...

My Thoughts:

I was absolutely delighted to be asked to take part in the blog tour for Before Her Eyes. It feels as if I have followed this author from day one, back then I said that he was one to watch out for and now I am thrilled with how far he has come and Before Her Eyes being his first traditionally published book. 

Before Her Eyes is a psychological thriller with an interesting premise. One which works extremely well indeed. The main protagonist is Naomi Hannah, blind and living in a fictitious town. As a witness to a murder it is somewhat problematic as she didn't actually see what happened. She is at a low point in her life and things just might be about to get worse.

Jack Jordan writes with great skill. The characters here are well developed and a real mixed bunch. Some are likeable and some not so much but they are all realistic and well drawn. The pacing of this book is perfect, I rattled through and found the tension building up in a claustrophobic fashion. The twists and turns here were aplenty and I would suggest it is the most accomplished book written by Jack today. 

It has been a joy watching his writing going from strength to strength and I can't wait to read more in the future.

Brilliant stuff!!!


About the Author:
Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), and Before Her Eyes (2018). 

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

#BlogTour: The Liar's Room by Simon Lelic @Simon_Lelic @PenguinUKBooks #TheLiarsRoom

Published by Penguin Books Limited on 9th August 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and inviting me on to the blog tour. 

ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT...
Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.
But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She's never met this young man before - so why does she feel like she knows him?
Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.
And Susanna realises she was wrong. 
She doesn't know him. 
BUT HE KNOWS HER.
AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER...

The addictive new thriller with an ending you'll never guess, The Liar's Room is perfect for readers of Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door and A J Finn's The Woman in the Window.

My Thoughts:
The Liar's Room is the first book that I have read by Simon Lelic. It is deep seated within the psychological thriller genre, it is creepy and dark. I loved it. It is the sort of read that takes the reader along by the seat of their pants, chews them up and spits them out at the end. 
There are two main characters featured who are Susanna Fenton and Adam Geraghty. Susanna is a counsellor and Adam needs her help. They first meet in her office. Susanna is hiding secrets and Adam seems familiar. What ensues is absolutely taut and gripping and I am going to tell you no more. You really deserve to find out for yourself. 
Danger seems to present itself on every page, this is a very claustrophobic and realistic read. A clever story of lies and manipulation. I loved the twisting and turning nature of this and the fact that I didn't like the characters very much. 
Superbly written and really spell binding writing. I will definitely be reading more by this author in the future.
About the Author:
Simon Lelic is the author of three previous novels: Rupture(winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasy Debut Dagger), The Facility and The Child Who(longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012). The House is his first psychological thriller, inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.
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Sunday, 26 August 2018

#BlogTour: The Benevolent Dictator by Tom Trott @tjtrott @rararesources #TheBenevolentDictator


My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy of the book on the following links:
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Ben longs to be prime minister one day. But with no political connections, he is about to crash out of a Masters degree with no future ahead. So when by chance he becomes fast friends with a young Arab prince, and is offered a job in his government, he jumps at the chance to get on the political ladder.

Amal dreads the throne. And with Ben’s help he wants to reform his country, steering it onto a path towards democracy. But with the king’s health failing, revolutionaries in the streets, and terrorism threatening everyone, the country is ready to tear itself apart.

Alone in a hostile land, Ben must help Amal weigh what is best against what is right, making decisions that will risk his country, his family, and his life.


My Thoughts:

The Benevolent Dictator is the first book that I have read by Tom Trott. It is relatively short at 187 pages but it packs one mighty punch. It is fantastic and probably the most thought provoking writing I have read this year. 

Ben and Amal are both brilliantly drawn characters and what we have here is an exploration of what happens when two cultures meet, do they blend or do they collide. A story of contrasts and although there is a political undertone throughout it never became too weighty to read. 

I adored the way in which Ben and Amal have shared values and the possibility that they could work together to do good things. They stumble across hurdles in their somewhat idealistic view of things, but my gosh these two could make the world a better place. 

The writing here is superb, the story fascinating and the ideas bold. There is much to be admired in the writing of Tom Trott. The Benevolent Dictator is poignant and had me as a reader in the palm of its hand. Really spectacular. So much to think about in the myriad of ideas presented. 

Highly recommended. 


About the Author:
Tom Trott was born in Brighton. He first started writing at Junior School, where he and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for school assemblies, much to the amusement of their fellow pupils. Since leaving school and growing up to be a big boy, he has written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; he has written Daye's Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel, and he has won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. He is the proverbial Brighton rock, and currently lives in the city with his wife.

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