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Offline Jonathan Hill
04 Jun 2013, 09:05 PM | Post: #21

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Great stuff, Ray. Well done. And an intriguing idea re switching the covers!
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
05 Jun 2013, 08:27 AM | Post: #22

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

(04 Jun 2013 09:05 PM)Jonathan Hill Wrote: Wrote:  Great stuff, Ray.  Well done. And an intriguing idea re switching the covers!

Thanks Jonathan.

The new cover doesn't appear to have resulted in a glut of sales so far, but I'll report back when (haha) it does.

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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
30 Aug 2013, 06:35 AM | Post: #23

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Somehow this was posted a month ago and I've only just noticed. Deeerrrr!
A review almost as long as the book, and worthy of a review itself. I assume this is our own Jonathan. Many thanks Johnnyboy

5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, bitter-sweet family saga, 26 July 2013
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This review is from: Matchbox Memories (Kindle Edition)
Matchbox Memories is the story of an ordinary family with secrets. Ian has to leave his wife and young boys in the south east to go to Cumbria to look after the Aunt who brought him up while his uncle is in hospital. They have been Ian's parents since he was orphaned at five years old but he has never called them Mum and Dad. His mother is now suffering from Alzheimer's and needs constant supervision. Ian's siblings each have difficult situations in their own lives which they have been keeping secret from the rest of the family. As Ian lives with his mother for a week, caring for her while his father is in hospital, he learns much more about her and in moments of lucidity she hints at secrets from the past that he never knew.

The book is well written as it develops each member of the family as a rounded character. It deals sensitively and humorously with Alzheimer's and the bizarre behaviour and conversations that can take place, especially the continuous repetition of the same questions. Yet throughout this the author always treats the sufferer of the condition with dignity and respect. Ray Kingfisher must have either direct experience of living with Alzheimer's patients or has studied his subject carefully because this is one of the most perceptive fictional accounts that I have read. It accords with my experience of those with the condition and their carers. He portrays accurately the difficulties of being a carer of someone with serious memory loss. Alzheimer's could be a depressing subject matter but this is an uplifting book.

The novel has a moral about the importance of being open in family relationships because of the power of secrets to undermine trust. At the end of the novel the family members reveal to each other the hidden parts of their lives. There is a feeling of release of tension as they each begin to understand the burdens that the others had been carrying alone. There were so many secrets to emerge that I half wished for one member of the family who was not hiding a guilty secret!

It is a very enjoyable read with a warm bitter-sweet humour running through it. I recommend it highly.
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
30 Aug 2013, 09:07 AM | Post: #24

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Great review! Looking at his other reviews though, I don't think it's our lad who goes as Jonnyboy or something - it's longer, anyway.
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Offline Jonathan Hill
30 Aug 2013, 09:14 AM | Post: #25

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Well done on the review. Can't claim responsibility for that though, I'm afraid! I'm Jonnyboy (Jonathan) on Amazon. I do have the book though and will be reading and reviewing at some point! Wink
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Offline profnexus Reading David Gemmell - Druss The Legend
30 Aug 2013, 10:20 AM | Post: #26

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Well done with the reviews Ray. It's great to see another author on KUF achieving success. It really does give inspiration to beginners like myself.
You have to watch that David Wailing though. Nearly a year ago he wrote 'The hardest thing for a writer is to keep the energy levels high, and good reviews are the finest quality fuel.'
And there I was thinking that keeping the lead in your pencil was vital.
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
30 Aug 2013, 01:33 PM | Post: #27

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Thanks Ignite/Jonathan/profnexus.
My mistake on the identity of the reviewer - perhaps it's the reincarnation of Chuck Berry.

And yes, prof, a great quote from David. Just when sales are slumping and you get a bad review, one like this makes all the hard work worthwhile.
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30 Aug 2013, 01:47 PM | Post: #28

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

Congratulations, Ray, great reviews.
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
24 Nov 2013, 09:53 AM | Post: #29

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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

And two more again - many thanks (belatedly) to our own BJ:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, 22 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Matchbox Memories (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I could feel a range of emotions as I sped through the book. Well written. Looking forward to read more books by Ray!

5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read that made me think., 29 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Matchbox Memories (Kindle Edition)
Reviewers Ignite, EleaineG and johnnyb have already said what I would have written about this book. I'll just add that for me a well-written novel is one that is easy to read, involves me with the characters and flows smoothly along, carrying me with it with little effort on my part. A good book is one that doesn't just entertain, but also makes me think. I found this a well-written, good book.

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Oddly, of all my books this has the best review history - 12 out of 16 are 5* - but is my lowest seller (even my book of short stories sells more).
I've paid for a good cover (2 actually), it's been a goodreads book of the month. Still people stay away in their droves. What am I doing wrong? Is the title a turn off?

***** Note that it's also still on promotion at 77p / 99c for a few more days *****
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RE: 2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

(24 Nov 2013 09:53 AM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  What am I doing wrong? Is the title a turn off?
I wouldn't have thought so, Ray. I like the title. Congrats on the new reviews.

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