(First published as Zappa’s Mam’s a Slapper. The title was taken from a schoolyard taunt, but readers didn’t care for it and so I changed it.)
Billy is born into the family from hell. But love comes in many forms, all of them redemptive. A story of tragedy and love you won’t want to put down
Listen to a sample here
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). ‘The Making of Billy McErlane’ 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.