An entertaining family history that covers love, loss and life with humour and a deft hand.
Three stories, one life. ‘Certified’ by Roger Wilson-Crane details one man’s life by three important milestones: birth, marriage and death. I liked the writing style in this book, it reads almost like an autobiography but even though it is inspired by true events, it is a piece of fiction. The author does well to get a sense of each of the characters across succinctly without taking a detour away from the events of the plot.
Taking us through some of the bizarre occurrences of family life, the author deftly offers humour one minute and handles sensitive issues the next. The entertaining stories within ‘Certified’ are told in a way that’s relatable and anyone who grew up in a small village will be able to remember or reflect on their own limited options pub crawl or Big Mac. Each story within this book has its own focus, yet sets up and provides some detail for the others. Although each story is separated and has its own chapter structure, I would still regard this book as one fluid narrative.
‘Certified’ is an entertaining family history that covers love, loss and life with humour and a deft hand.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Three tales, following one man through birth, marriage, and death. Inspired by real life events, this humorous fictional memoir takes you on a journey of joy, loss, and heartache, through life’s three certificates.
It is, ultimately, a love story.
One Unexpected Birth: The long road to fatherhood. Missed opportunities, poor choices, a car ride with Bet Lynch, and finally the shock of becoming a dad. A story of heartache, elation, and Peter Beardsley.
One Hapless Wedding: The pressures of matrimony. Inept friends, false promises, an encounter with armed police, and finally the relief of “I do.” A story of love, commitment, and a stranger, Wally, and his camper van.
One Bizarre Death: The sadness of loss. Confused emotions, life re-evaluation, £25k in ceased bank notes, and finally saying goodbye. A story of regret, family reflection, and Morrisons, the supermarket.
A book to stir the memories in us all.
The realisation we have all been certified.
|Publication date:||9th August 2021|
|Publisher:||New Generation Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
Closing date: 20/02/2022
????? Certified is funny, heartfelt, has some cracking twists, and is a joyful read that I would heartily recommend. Five Stars. - Michael Heppell, international Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author
????? 'Certified' is an entertaining family history that covers love, loss and life with humour and a deft hand. - lovereading.co.uk