Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing By Billy Moran, and I would like to share a guest post called “10 Amazing Books, I Bet You’ve Never Read” written by Billy Moran, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work, they have many amazing lists to share with all of us. 🙂
About the book:
Publisher: Sauce Materials
Genre: General Fiction
Release date: 03 07 2020
Price*: Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 349
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Description of the book: Chris Pringle: simpleton, casualty or local hero? Propped up by biscuits, benefits and a baffling faith in his plan, he lives in a world where every day is obsessively the same: wedged in his recliner, watching murder mysteries, taking notes. Until the day a serious and peculiar crime stumps the local police – and Chris announces he can solve it.
Accompanied by a loyal crew of chancers, committed to making amends, and pursued by a depressed Detective Inspector, trying to join the dots, Chris heads back to the raves of his past, where a heartbreaking personal tragedy lies abandoned. But what exactly is Chris Pringle looking for? Has he really worked out the way to find it? And what will happen if he does?
About the author: Billy Moran is an award-winning television writer for shows including Horrible Histories. He grew up in the West Country, where his teenage years were rudely interrupted by the Second Summer of Love. Since then he has been embracing mysteries, craving solutions and writing lots of lists. He lives in London and has two children, two cats, one football team and several favourite detectives. Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing is his debut novel.
Guest Post: 10 Amazing Books, I Bet You’ve Never Read By Billy Moran
Look – don’t be angry with me OK? I’m sure some of you have read some of these, because if you’re having your tickets checked by The Book Inspector, you’ve probably read a lot of books. So actually, maybe many of you have read some of these. But if anyone gets above five, I officially apologise. However, in my defence, these are the reads which I personally adored – and together, helped shape my debut novel Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing – that usually result in a blank stare when I mention them to people. I love a book recommendation though – please, please, please, if there are books I need to be reading, get in touch and let me know what they are – so sometimes the blank stare is followed by the mental taking of a note, and that makes me happy. Merry Christmas! Billy.
One of John Lanchester’s lesser-known reads, Mr Phillips follows a day in the life of a safe, predictable middle-aged career man who’s stumbled across an existential crisis brought on by redundancy. It’s a reassuringly gentle, charming, offbeat ‘park bench breakdown’ of a read, which you’ll race through.
The one and only novel from artist Harland Miller follows the 80s Yorkshire adventures of Billy ‘Kid’ Glover and a mysterious David Bowie impersonator called Ziggy Hero. It’s quirky, endearing and totally unique, and I absolutely loved it. At first dip it can appear fey and niche – but it’s got so much fun and so much heart, with the same British sensibility that has helped produce many of the world’s greatest music acts. If you add this to Eleanor Oliphant, Irvine Welsh and Agatha Christie, it’s everything I’d love Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing to be. (Ambitious!)
I stumbled across this in a book shop long before it was made into an Oscar-winning film. The premise was brilliant, and as a sucker for a concept – hence my love also of Matt Haig – I was hooked. The book itself though, more than delivered on this concept – it was a neat, perfectly- formed story, which took you on a funny, rollercoaster ride through Indian street life in a, dare I say it, far less rambling way than a lot of contemporary fiction has managed. I mean, I loved Shantaram, but there are only so many 1000 page books I can manage! When the book became the film Slumdog Millionaire, I was excited, but also disappointed that I hadn’t optioned it myself! I liked the film, but as with the brilliant TV adaptation of a recent favourite of mine Normal People, the original carried more charm and less bleakness for me.
I’m going to fess up and say that I saw the film first and loved it so much I read the book. It’s really good though…especially if you like an evocative Mexican family saga inspired by food at every turn. And we all do, right? Mmm…pass the Tequila.
The literary forefather of TV’s Black Mirror. I’m positive Charlie Brooker’s read it – not that his brilliant mind needs to steal any ideas, but the neat ambition of this series of super-short visions of how the afterlife might work, would be right up his street. Each tale sets out an afterlife based according to a different concept or set of rules, and some have stuck with me forever. I love books filled with ideas. (I moved house recently and couldn’t find my copy. I was officially annoyed. I don’t like buying things again when I know I already have them. But I need this book in my life. So if someone could buy it for me for Christmas please, that would solve the problem 🙂 ).
Fun, geeky and not too-cool-for-school books about music feature high on any Christmas wish list for me – this one takes assorted public figures and celebrities and gets them to listen to a classic album they have never heard before, be it from Madonna or NWA.
The autobiography of the groupee whose life inspired the character of Penny Lane in the movie Almost Famous, this is full of tales of rock ‘n’ roll excess from a bygone era. Thankfully it is no longer ‘acceptable’ for grown men to exploit young girls in this way, so whilst this read will feel extraordinary to a younger generation, fortunately, PDB was one of the few who navigated the world of the super celeb on her own terms and loved it. For anyone who enjoyed reading Daisy Jones and The Six, this one’s for you. While we’re here, I’m also going to throw in I’m Not With the Band by ex Smash Hits journo Sylvia Patterson. Great fun.
William Boyd’s sweeping 20th Century epic details a life that spans incredible times and momentous moments, with the achievements and failures of its protagonist reminding you that you only get one go. This is a strong theme of Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing: that there is no secret of ‘how to live,’ just the need to learn lessons when and where you can, and then keep going.
DJ Dribbler’s 2019 romp through the lives of some morally sound 90s London scammers has a ring of truth that can only come from personal experiences.
I read this twice – accidentally. The second time, I had what I can only describe as an overwhelming feeling of déjà vu when I picked it up again – that extraordinary sense that I’d been here before. In this case, it was because I had. Doesn’t sound very memorable, does it? But somehow this one really resonated with me – a book full of the mistakes and regrets of its creative cast of characters.
I hope you enjoyed Billy’s list. 🙂 Have you read any of these books? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 Thank You for Your time! ❤
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