As soon as I saw this book in the shops in November, I knew I had to put it on my Christmas list and I was very lucky enough that Santa got me a copy (well my hubby, but that's kind of the same thing!). I really hope David Essex writes more novels as I loved this one!
Every day, Albert goes to the park and feeds the ducks, but when he gets knocked into the pond by some local thugs, he doesn’t go down without a fight. When he goes back to his flat wet, cold and feeling a bit sorry for himself, with only his pet bird for company, he feels anger towards the yobbos and wished he could have taught them a lesson!
Danny was one of those teenagers in the park that day, but wanted no part of the brawl with Albert. Instead he meets Albert when he is on his own and Albert tells him he should use his anger in another direction, boxing.
Albert works in the local pub “The Live and Let Live” which has it’s own boxing gym upstairs. He and his friend Patsy train locals and are always on the lookout for the next big thing in boxing and when Danny turns up one day to spar, they are pleasantly surprised by his agility.
Soon Danny is being entered into competitions and dreams of one day turning professional. With a couple of fights under his belt with the help of Albert and Patsy, Danny encounters the likes of two wide boys called Costa and Cohen who entice him into their palms and want him to sign with them to turn professional, much to Albert and Patsy’s disapproval.
Now everyone knows what money, greed and naivety can bring and when Danny wins his first professional fight he loves everything that comes with it including the fame and fortune! But it soon starts falling around his ears and he is in grave danger of losing everything he has ever fought for, including his lovely wife Wendy, his daughter Ruby and also his dear friend Albert.
There is a great twist near the end of this story and to be honest, I didn’t see it coming and had to read the page again as I wasn’t sure I had read it right!!
A lovely story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I do hope David Essex writes more novels as I loved this one and didn't want it to end!
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