Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Life Knocks

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How did I get it?:
Received from author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Love goes wrong, and forces a recluse to live with a lonely old man with severe boundary issues…

Thoughts:

I was asked to read Life Knocks by Craig Stone. It sounded interesting, but another reason I wanted to read it was his email to me alone. I liked him immediately. Just as I anticipated given his funny and well written email, Life Knocks is incredibly funny and well-written. Craig writes about incredibly tough subjects but he has a talent for injecting much needed humour into the story. I actually laughed out loud at many lines.

Craig’s writing style is distinctive. I liked the main character/narrator Colossus. It’s not always easy to read about a person who is spiralling out of control and making silly decisions, but Craig makes it an enjoyable experience. He makes me feel for Colossus when I’d usually want to slap a person like that. I got an overwhelming feeling that Colossus just wanted to be loved. I wanted Colossus to make the right decisions and to find someone he loved. I was rooting for a character that I’d usually hate. Craig Stone must have talent!

If I have anything negative to say it is that it felt too long. I think some parts were unnecessary which somewhat stilted the story for me. That is something that could easily be corrected. There’s no doubt that Craig Stone is a talented, distinctive writer (and a lovely, funny person too!).

Would I recommend it?
Yes

Reading next:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin