I don’t normally do book reviews but it is nearly Christmas and this book is a book for our social media brains.
Last month I had the pleasure of being asked by Lancashire author Colin Goodwin to coach him in using social media to help him promote his books, and he kindly gave me a copy to read.
Now I don’t know about you, but as much as I love to read a paper back novel I just don’t seem to get time. I have 6 semi read books by my bed, it takes me so long to read them now that to be honest I just lose interest. I used to read on the train but like most of my fellow commuters I have got into the habit of staring at my phone instead.
We are in a world of bite size and sound bites and according to socialnomics our concentration span is now shorter than that of a goldfish. Talking to Colin about this issue he informed me that he had written his books with that in mind.
Mostly out of a sense of duty, and partly inquisitiveness as to what this very nice man had produced as his first ever novel, I started to read Don’t get mad get even and he was absolutely right. Each chapter is no more than three sides in length and do you know what, because of that I got hooked and read it in a less than a week (as opposed to the normal 6 to 12 months). And then I started his second book (When in a hole stop digging) straight away.
The stories are set in a Lancashire village and whilst book one was billed as a novel about cricket it is of course about people, greed, relationships and the messes we make when we think we are smarter than we actually are.
It’s not a sophisticated book, meaning I didn’t have to think very hard, a couple of things made me wince, but it’s an easy read which makes it absolutely perfect escapism for me.
So if you know anyone that would enjoy an easy read farce set in Lancashire this is the perfect Christmas gift and you can get it here.
Colin is now on his third book in the series and I wish him every success.