John Lynch has found his literary voice in this life story of disadvantaged soul, Billy McErlane. Having a harlot for a mother doesn’t make life easy and nor does going to jail at fourteen, but when he is reunited with his childhood sweetheart peace enters Billy’s heart. Then fate deals a wrecking blow. The book shows Billy through his own eyes and words as he learns to forgive, let go of the bad things in life, accept with grace the good things and finally reach out to others. It’s a coming of age book that begins in tragedy and ends in hope. A bittersweet story of love, loss and one young man’s refusal to accept what life offers.
There’s a link to advance reviews at the foot of this page; here’s one from an Amazon confirmed buyer on 3rd May 2015:
*****Five Stars Unpredictable and uplifting
John Lynch has certainly found his literary voice in this very realistic delivery of the life story of a disadvantaged soul, Billy McErlane. Billy learns to forgive, let go of the bad things in life, accept with grace the good things and finally reach out to others. While I can see that the genre may be classified as ‘coming of age’, for me, the plot entwines elements of ‘voyage and return’, ‘rags to riches’, ‘tragedy’ and ‘rebirth’ (Booker, 2004). ‘Zappa’s Mam’s a Slapper’ grasped my attention from the first page to the last, with Billy showing me through his eyes and words his ups and downs. Real, honest and insightful.
If you’d like to try before you buy, you can read Chapter 1 here.