Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tuesday Intros: The Pimlico Kid by Barry Walsh

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea - every Tuesday, sharing the first paragraph (or a few) of a book you are currently reading or thinking about reading soon. Visit the blog here to join in.

I'm reading The Pimlico Kid by Barry Walsh.

Prologue - October 1975

Taunton 20 miles. The road sign slips past and another, listing local villages, glides towards me. One name stands out like my own on a guest list. A door into the past swings open and  releases a locked-away ache. The car slows, behind me a horn blares. I pull into a lay-by.


What do you think, and would you keep reading?



It’s 1963. Billy Driscoll and his best mate, Peter ‘Rooksy’ Rooker, have the run of their street. Whether it’s ogling sexy mum, Madge, as she pegs out her washing, or avoiding local bully Griggsy, the estates and bombsites of Pimlico have plenty to fire their fertile imagination.

Billy is growing up and after years of being the puny one, he’s finally filling out. He is also taking more than a passing interest in Sarah Richards, his pretty neighbour. But he isn’t her only admirer – local heartthrob and rotten cheat, Kenneth ‘Kirk’ Douglas, likes her too – something drastic must be done if Billy is to get his girl.

When Rooksy suggests a day out with Sarah and her shy friend, Josie, it seems like the perfect summer outing. Little do they know that it will be a day of declarations and revelations; of secrets and terrifying encounters – and that it will change them all forever…


  1. Haven't heard of this one. It sounds like the kind of story I like. Enjoy!

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  2. Funny you should post this today as I'll be reviewing it tomorrow.

  3. The intro didn't grab me but the summary did.

  4. Oh, another one that reeled me in. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. Love that cover. And intro. I am all for it!

    Here is my intro post from Sufficient Ransom by Sylvia Sarno .


    Here is my teaser post from Night Fish by Kristine Ong Muslim .

  6. Sounds very interesting, I want to know what's happening to them. I know Pimlico as an area, though not from 1963 of course :)

  7. Great hook...I'd want to read more.

  8. I'm with Nise - the intro didn't really grab me, but the summary definitely did! I like the idea of going back to a simpler time, but then getting socked with secrets and revelations! I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.
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  9. Haven't heard of this one, but the intro makes me want to know more. Enjoy!

  10. Not sure about this one, I think I'd have to read more.

  11. I like the tone the author sets from the first moment. The synopsis has me intrigued.


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