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Life Knocks

by Craig Stone

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Having read Craig Stone's Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness and thoroughly enjoying it I had to purchase this book too (Lulu.com for the paperback). I'm pleased to report that Stone once again provided an intelligently written tale about the knocks that life throws at us. I have to say that this is a hefty chunk of a book but despite its size not a word is wasted. Stone writes in a rambling stream of thoughts that all somehow link together to become a coherent, profound and compelling story of love and heartbreak. Some of the subjects involved are serious issues such as depression and drugs but Stone doesn't drag the reader into a black hole but somehow seems to fill them with hope and optimism. I found myself routing for the main character of Colossus and felt I actually knew him. I felt as if I was on the journey with Colossus and when he was happy I was happy, when he cried I cried - although equally there were times I would have liked to have taken him by the shoulders and given him a good shake. Oh, and I must give the quirky landlord a mention - for those of you who are old enough to remember the TV series Rising damp he put me in mind of Rigsby.

Craig Stone is an author to watch out for. I wish I were eloquent enough to convince you to buy this book but you should, you really should! I predict big things for him - and you're reading this Craig, I hope you've got another offering in the pipeline for us! ( )
  kehs | Oct 14, 2012 |
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 DUNDEE INTERNATIONAL BOOK PRIZE.

“On Craig Stone's writing, I leave the words to David Foster Wallace: "What the really great artists do is ......They're entirely themselves, they've got their own vision...and if it's authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings." Consider my nerve endings: felt.” Shazza
“I would not be surprised if, 50 years from now, Craig Stone ends up being considered one of the classic writers of our day. Much of his writing shows incredible depth of insight into human nature and relationships.” Regi McClain
“I couldn’t put this book down and was annoyed at any interruptions such as having to eat, go to the toilet or sleep. Craig’s second book, like his first (The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness) has made it into my top ten, super duper, bestest books of all time. This book’s a keeper, and it gets five, eyeball burning, super novas.” Dionne Lister
“This is a book that made me laugh so hard at times, I would literally throw my head back and drop my kindle because I was so amused by his sense of humor and his words.” Melissa Brown – The Indie Bookshelf.
“I don’t recall ever reading a contemporary novel that made me both laugh aloud and feel deeply moved as did Life Knocks.” Sage Doyle
“Craig Stone is a master of metaphors. Life Knocks is a book that anybody who has felt a bit lost in life should read. Life is a rollercoaster, but we are not all the time at the bottom. Read this book. One of the most honest books telling a real story that I have ever read. Ever.” Cinta Garcia
“We have in Craig an intelligent, humorous, hopeful realist with an ability to render you a laughing mess on one page while pulling firmly on your emotional heart strings the next. He is someone who writes from deep within but based on spot on observations of himself, others and the experiences that ensue. I urge you to buy this book now because if you don't you're seriously in danger of missing out on one of the best independent writers out there today.” Rob Powell
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BUDDING authors from three continents have made the shortlist for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize.
A dozen debut novels have made the penultimate stage of the competition, and extracts from all 12 are published today in a free eBook.
A record-breaking 475 entries entered this year’s competition, which offers one debut novelist the chance to win a publishing deal with Cargo Publishing and £10,000 – the largest cash prize for unpublished work in the UK. The shortlist will now be whittled down to a final three before judges decide the winner.

The shortlist for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize is:

‘Life Knocks’ by Craig Stone, London. ( )
  robolollycop | Aug 23, 2012 |
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Life Knocks is the story of a guy who falls from grace, but rather than confront that fall, decides to hide in his room and pretend it never happened; but, little by little, Life Knocks...

The story will confront, challenge, evoke laughter, tears and, in parts, possibly offence...But then life never claimed to be Disney world. 

Step outside your bubble, because the only thing to fear in life is living in one.
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