Rocky Vs 2019


Well that’s another year over, another year closer to retirement.  2019 was a bit shit….if you have a soul that is….no soul? then yay the Tories won and we are all fucked.  With regards book it has been an epic year, I’ve discovered so many amazing books, new authors and I’ve managed to increase my penguin clothbound collection to 22…a fine collection to read as the apocalypse kicks off.  Usually I try and get a celebrity to hand out awards, but my track record of killing off their careers means I’ve been blacklisted from A to Z, I can’t even get somebody from Geordie Shores, whatever that is.  So I’ll be handing them out as well as picking the winners, an almost impossible task.

Best Fiction

Best fiction

The Nominations this year are.

The Hierophant’s Daughter by M. F. Sullivan.  Book one of probably the greatest trilogy I’ve ever read, I am not a fan of series of books but this was so good I read all three books in one year AND got the t-shirt.

The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by Daniel James.  Difficult one to categorise as it potentially spans fiction and non-fiction depending on whether you believe the many conspiracy theories out there.  I am 100% certain that I’ve never read anything quite like this and loved how it is sparking reader’s imaginations.

The Fish That Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro.  Kevin is one of the stars of the year for me, a new author and I’ve already consumed 3 of his books, each one has entertained, made me laugh and left me on the edge of my seat at times.  He is the master at creating characters that you care for and like a cat he likes to toy with their lives.  This book gets the nomination though as it was the first one I picked up and started my Ansbro addiction.


Best Non-Fiction

Best non Fiction

The nominations are:

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn.  Top notch writing about homelessness and walking the South West Coastal Path.  Opening scenes made me incredibly angry, which only made me care more for Raynor and her husband.  I ended up having to research them after the end of the book to see how they are doing.  I have recommended this book to so many people.

Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell.  Yes I know it isn’t a new book but this year was the first time reading it for me.  I’ve no idea why I’ve waited so long because I loved it.  The otter is a wonderful creature and reading about Gavin’s relationship with one was lovely.

Curlew Moon by Mary Colwell. Another one about animals makes the list, this time the Curlew,  an animal I knew very little about.  This book is crammed full of information and Mary’s obsession with the Curlew is contagious.


Best Poem

Best Poem

I read 22 books of poetry this year, I think I might be getting addicted.  After looking through all those books the poem that has stuck with me is:

‘I Slit My Wrists and He Said ‘Yo” from the book, Snail Vixen and The Crystal Garden by Casey Renee Kiser.  You can listen to her reading it HERE.

The Lighthouse Award (Worst book of the year)

Worst Book

WINNER:  Yet again the worst book of 2019 that I read was an “award winner”, the only 1 star book luckily for me.  May we be forgiven by A. M. Holmes is 480 pages of nothing, an opening tragedy, 400 pages of a dark void of words and then an interesting ending, maybe it was interesting because the end was in sight?  This book had nothing going for it, I truly have no idea how it got the award, I always try and find a positive when doing a review of a book but for this one I came up empty handed.

And that’s yer lot, out of the 104 books I read in 2019 those were the cream of the crop…except for the last one of course.  Many thanks to all the lovely people who sent me books this year, it does feel great to come home from work to book post.  Here’s to another fantastic year of reading in 2020.


Book Release: The Minotaur’s Son & other wild tales by Kevin Ansbro

One of my favourite writers, easily top 3450….just joking, top 3…Kevin Ansbro has a new book out, released today:


“Once the evening’s entertainment was over the Minotaur, as naked as Nature intended, clumped into Pablo Zapata’s bar…”

A baby with a passion for theoretical physics…

A winged nymph who exacts terrible revenge…

A stolen coin that releases a wish-granting genie…

And where else would you see Ginger Rogers learning the Ali shuffle, or a humble fisherman making friends with Poseidon?

Charlatans and shapeshifters, lovers and leprechauns, ghosts and office creeps are just some of the characters that Kevin Ansbro brings to life in this volume of short stories. His tales span the globe and range from the wickedly funny to the sad and deeply unnerving. With his perceptive take on human failings, his vivid imagination and his glorious grasp of language, Ansbro’s thought-provoking stories will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

I have read two of his books so far and both easily earn the 5 stars I gave them,



My Review is HERE:

The Fish That Climbed A Tree


My Review is HERE:

I also did a fake interview with Kevin if you want a sample of just how talented and hilarious he can be.  Check it out HERE:

So please give this guy a go, you won’t be disappointed.


B R O K E–New Novel About Life Under Tory Britain– OUT NOW! (Plus an Update on Me) — Rupert Dreyfus

My new novel about inequality in present day, miserable Tory Britain is now available here. Here’s the lowdown: After years of austerity, life for many people in the UK has been reduced to a treadmill of zero-hour contracts, mounting debts and a crippling anxiety as to where the money is going to come from to […]

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THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER: Check out the cover, pre-order the book, or read a digital ARC available to NetGalley reviewers. — Painted Blind Publishing

Happy Black Friday. We’re pleased to announce that within its first 48 hours on NetGalley, The Hierophant’s Daughter has received 48 requests from potential reviewers, educators, media pros and other NG readers. If you want to see what the fuss is about, click the smaller version of the cover at the bottom of this post. […]

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AMERICAN INC — Horror Sleaze Trash

“The Battle Hymn of the Revolution” Music by AMERICAN INC Lyrics/Guitar/Vocals: Scott Laudati Guitar/Trumpet: Myles Vlachos Bass: Brain Weakly Drums: Travis Scelia Starring: Sebastien Giles D’Stair and Carlyle Edwards Director-of-Photography: Paul VanBrocklin Edited by Emanuella Scott Produced by Denver Gregories and Lisette Goines Written and Directed by Pablo D’Stair http://americanincmusic.bandcamp.com http://www.facebook.com/americanincmusic http://www.instagram.com/scottlaudati

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The Anti-Austerity Anthology—Out Now! All Proceeds for Food Bank Charities — Rupert Dreyfus

Hi All, I’ve been involved with piecing together and editing a new project called The Anti-Austerity Anthology; a collection of short stories, poems and other writings from some of the UK’s best indie authors and poets—all themed to austerity. The foreword is by none other than Steve Topple. The collection features a brand spanking new […]

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B R O K E–Cover Reveal and Info! — Rupert Dreyfus

I thought I’d reveal the cover design for my sophomore novel Broke; a partially autobiographical story which takes on the plight of the working poor and the homeless while, in no uncertain terms, calling out widening inequality in Tory Britain. Here it is: Boom! Those who’ve supported me all these years will know what to […]

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Goats: A Short Story Protesting NHS Privatisation

Amazing prediction of the near future by Rupert Dreyfus

Rupert Dreyfus


In a British hospital of the future…

I had just finished wiping away my tears for the second time that shift when I received a frantic call on my emergency mobile phone. It was Liv from A and E, badgering me to come over in record timing.

‘We’ve never seen anything quite like this,’ she said before hanging up.

Five minutes later, I was standing with her and Shaf. Wrapping the cubicle curtain shut behind me, I began to soak up the patient. He was feverish and squirming around the hospital bed. While he looked dreadful, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

‘So what’s all the commotion for?’

‘It’s an odd one, Doctor,’ Shaf said, trying to stick an electrode to the patient’s chest. ‘We don’t know what the hell to make of it.’

‘Looks like a virus to me,’ I told them. ‘So why…

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