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Minger`s Tale by R.B.N. BookmarkMinger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


Publisher: Create Space (Mar 18, 2016)
Category: Satirical Biography, Humor, Memoir
Tour Date: Mar & Apr, 2017
ISBN: 978-1517428396
ASIN: B01DJAXURM
Available in: Print & ebook,  278 Pages

A Minger's Tale

British slang definition: “ A minger is a male or female who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down.”

A Minger`s Tale is not so much of a biography, but more of a “Boyography”.

It is a humorous account of growing up in the back streets of Manchester, England during the 1960`s and 70`s.

“Do pastures greener exist for the colour blind –and how would they ever know?

This is the conundrum Bookmark is faced with and the results are akin to a dog looking for a lamp post in a blackout.

Bookmark does indeed find some of lifes lamp posts, but more often than not he just winds up getting his feet wet.

Praise Minger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


“Have you ever had a “bad” day, I mean a day where the world seems to be lining up to give you a swift kick, or maybe toss a pie in your face? Welcome to Ribban’s life. R.B.N. Bookmark’s tongue-in-cheek, witty and sometimes painful, A Minger’s Tale.  Everything in Ribban’s life is NOT one big joke or one-liner, far from it, but it is in the manner in which this author uses his light-hearted hindsight that we find humor in the painful moments of self-doubt, self-recrimination and even the sense of knowing he does not fit in. Feel the frustration, and be amazed at the resiliency of one boy who keeps trying to move forward through the maze that is life. One of the most purely entertaining books I have read, because everyone has a story to tell, some are just quirkier than others.”-Dianne, Tome Tender Book Blog

“Bold is how I would describe this book in one word. It is the voice of a man who felt he needed to be heard and that his story was every bit as valuable as that of any celebrity. Honesty shines through in abundance, along with a lack of apology for the tone of the book, which is every bit the way a bloke down the pub would talk to you, fusing nostalgia with humour.  A Minger’s Tale a refreshing read, and a story well-worth hearing.”- Benjamin Francis Cassidy, Humanity Hallows

“Even from the title you get an idea that this book leans on the side of deadpan during an underdog story, in essence it is a deliciously honest and positively told autobiography lit by hilarious anecdotes and dazzling insight. A Minger’s tale is an insight into the frustratingly mundane and difficult side of the trials of one man desperately seeking improvement through tough times on the breadline of England 1970s.
It is amazing to see that this is Bookmark’s first book, there is undoubtedly much more to come, and after reading this awesome first book I’ll be the first in line. A Minger’s Tale is an honest account, from an honest gentleman, who has lived. I guarantee this is a star who will shine bright in the near future.”- Martin Skate, Author of ‘Start Right Here’ & ‘The Spike Collection’

About R.B.N. BookmarkMinger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


“Hindsight & perforated toilet paper
are what sets us apart from the apes”: rbn bookmark

Originally from Manchester in the UK, R.B.N. Bookmark left the damp north of England behind him and exiled himself to the frozen north of Scandinavia where he has remained these last 25 years.

He began writing 3 years ago, urged on by family and friends
A Minger`s Tale-Beginnings eventually saw the light of day in March 2016.

The books quirky humour portrays the flipside of life in northern England during the 1970`s through to the mid 1980`s.

Website: http://www.rbnbookmark.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RBN-Bookmark-988776994541136/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rbnbookmark

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Six Days in Leningrad Paullina SimonsSix Days in Leningrad Paullina Simons


Six Days in Leningrad is the memoir of the famous author of ‘The Bronze Horseman’ series, Paulina Simons.  It is about the journey behind ‘The Bronze Horseman’. Paulina was born in Russia and soon after she started writing her first story, she traveled from the U.S. to Leningrad with her father to do some research.  (Note: Leningrad is now known as St. Petersburg). 

It had been a quarter of a century since Paulina and her father visited their homeland and it was not what they expected.  They found a city that looked war torn as if it had gone back in time.  They saw buildings in disarray, bombed fields that wouldn’t grow food, and huge families living together in small rooms.  Despite that, they also met up with old family friends that were still as warm and inviting as ever.

 Six Days in Leningrad is the story of Paulina Simons family history and the nation they came from. Though it has a slow start, it is a poignant story and history that reads very much, like a novel. At times I felt like I was there with Paulina and her father, witnessing what has become of her childhood home. 

My grandparents fled from Russia as Jews being persecuted.  They wouldn’t talk about it but I imagine from the few words they did speak, that they were in one of the Jewish ghettos.  I hate to imagine what they went through and know they wanted to protect us from their reality.  I have read quite a bit about Russia and its history.  I don’t feel any kind of tie to it but am curious about it, as I am about many countries and their histories.

4/5

I received a ebook from Edelweiss and this is my honest review.

About Paulina SimonsSix Days in Leningrad Paullina Simons


Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture. 

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator, Paullina wrote her first novel Tully. Through word of mouth that book was welcomed by readers all over the world. 

She continued with more novels, including Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross (also known as Tatiana and Alexander), The Summer Garden and The Girl in Times Square (also known as Lily). Many of Paullina’s novels have reached international bestseller lists. 

Apart from her novels, Paullina has also written a cookbook, Tatiana’s Table, which is a collection of recipes, short stories and recollections from her best selling trilogy of novels, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander) and The Summer Garden

All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead: Giveaway

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on August 23, 2016
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All at Sea by Decca AitkenheadAll at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead


Thanks to Sarah Engelmann of Doubleday Publishing, I am giving away two print copies of All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead.

Description of All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead


‘The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don’t mind at all if you forget this.

The important thing is that I don’t.”

On a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead’s life changed for ever.

Her four-year-old boy was paddling peacefully at the water’s edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son’s life – then drowned before her eyes.

When Decca and Tony first met a decade earlier, they became the most improbable couple in London. She was an award-winning Guardian journalist, famous for interviewing leading politicians. He was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug-dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did. Until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy.

Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other’s lives and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive. 

Praise for All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead


“[A] heart-wrenching tale of race, unlikely love (Tony was a former criminal) and how grief changes everything. It’s unforgettable.”—People

“An inspired portrait of their unconventional love story—he a drug-dealing ex-con, she an intellectual free spirit—stretching across lines of class, race, family history, and temperament. This is a star-crossed yet triumphant tale, “bless-ed,” as the Jamaicans would say, by Tony’s legacy and Aitkenhead’s unabashed resilience.”—Elle Magazine

“A remarkable story of sudden tragedy and grief, of love and resilience.”—Arianna Huffington

“[Aitkenhead’s] remarkable memoir recounts the emotional toll [her partner’s] death takes on her and her two sons. The narrative explores how the foggy lens of truth, through which she, as a journalist, previously viewed tragedy, can shatter when tragedy hits home. . . . Aitkenhead’s tightly written memoir looks beyond commonly held truths, taking readers deep into the morass of human emotion and leaving them gasping for air.”—Publishers WeeklySTARRED review

About Decca AitkenheadAll at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead


 DECCA AITKENHEAD is an award-winning journalist who conducts interviews with leading figures in public life for The Guardian. She lives in rural Kent with her two young sons.

Giveaway of All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead


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