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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: U P Publications Ltd (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908135425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908135421
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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I enjoy humour in all forms. In my life, I have had fun performing daft roles in amateur theatre and, at times have written and presented silly poetry - I loved hearing the sound of laughter. Now, I am having great pleasure in writing fiction in the hope of gaining smiles. This, I modestly claim, to be not bad for someone who can't tell a joke to save himself, but, changing my name has been a temptation. Instead of MAC BLACK I'd become CHAIDSUFF GREY - that way my fortune might come from people looking for erotic stories. Unfortunately with mine they could be disappointed, although I hope they'd stay and be pleasantly surprised. Mine are MEANT for grown-ups and are only a LITTLE bit naughty in places - I prefer using humour as a means of telling a tale. I want to make you smile as you read, but also to be curious as to what you will find as you turn a page and so, I have created a fictional character who appears in each of the books to be my hero. However this fellow is not alone when it comes to looking for misfortune - there are always others in the stories to help him find it!
May I introduce DEREK! It is unfortunate for him to be saddled by a nickname, a nickname that stuck when he was young, and one he'd rather not have. Derek, as a name, is fairly innocuous and is not the one causing the problem. It is his surname, Toozlethwaite - not easy to say for a youngster. So, a nickname was acquired from his pals - but I am not telling you what it is! You'll have to read the stories to find out. That is why the first tale is called 'Please...Call Me Derek'.
Derek is a young man, in his early thirties, a reporter on a local newspaper, but with an ambition that may be beyond his capabilities - he wants to be a real writer. I think of him as my hapless hero... Hopefully, along the way, he'll succeed in his quest, but, having inside knowledge, I am aware that his life-changing moments will not always occur in the way he would have chosen - IF he'd had the chance to choose. As it happens his misfortunes often are of his own silly making; he is a smart cookie but a little naive at times...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Now on to the fourth Derek book, I imagine that the strange world of Derek and his family and friends is very much second nature to the author. As I have read the first three I certainly feel that I am completely on board. However, if you are new to this little universe this is certainly not the right book to start with. I imagine that anyone who has not had the benefit of a little background of Derek Toozlethwaite will be left confused, and even reluctant to continue after a few dozen pages as there is so much history behind the tangled relationships referred to.

I felt that this was not the strongest of the books to date. As I have already alluded to, there is quite a lot of reference back to what has gone on in previous volumes. However, what has gone on before is so strange that it is not really going to help a new reader much. What this instalment does lack is the really strong story line which the previous three certainly did possess.

As a committed Derek reader, I would say that Derek's Good Relations was still quite an enjoyable read, although I did find myself glancing through sections where not much was going on, which was not my experience with the other episodes. Hopefully Derek's Secrets which is on the drawing board for release later this year will also herald a return to form since I always look forward to Derek volumes for some light relief after rather heavier reading.
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Derek's Good Relations continues the humorous adventures of Derek Toozlethwaite, in the Derek series. A single child brought up by his Gran and Grandad, Derek is suddenly surrounded by relatives. Re-united with his Mum, he's also discovered his Dad and he's found he has a sister too.

Derek's been trying to write a book for years and now he's been successful with his book on rock group Rabid Revenge. Publicity for the book takes him away from home as his wife goes into labour at the same time as his sister, but there are enough female relatives to hold the fort.

In fact the female relatives all form the Newingsworth Mafia: Ladies section. They welcome Josephine, Derek's publicist's representative into their group unknowing that she is the voluptuous Sophie Clerkenwell-Brown in disguise.

The book is selling like hot cakes until one reader contacts Derek, complaining aggressively about some of the material. in fact Derek finds himself under physical threat from the reader until he's saved by his mum.

The future is beginning to look rosy until a late birthday celebration has Derek returning to some controversial dressing habits, but its a trip to London for a boxing match which has Sally walking out on Derek once more.

Poor Derek, he really is an unfortunate chap as you'll see in this fourth book in the Derek series. British comedy still shining through in this latest episode in the life of Derek.

The review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2014
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This is the fourth in the 'Derek' series of which I have read all. Derek is now maturing and settling into being a husband, writer and fairly quickly into this book becomes a father to little E.T. The whole 'Derek' story has now expanded into a new and much larger family since he quite accidentally found his mother, a new sister and a reluctant father in Derek's Revenge.

Derek's Good Relations is written with the same light hearted humour as the earlier books and is in much the same style of story with Derek always getting the 'mucky end of the stick'. The same old favourite characters are still around (Hammy, Hector and even P.C Andy (Pandy)) but are taking more of a backseat ride whilst the newer characters are playing a larger role in Derek's life.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the earlier Derek books but would now say that it's not really a stand alone story. You need to have read the earlier books to appreciate Derek's problems with Sally, Sophie and ladies clothing, and also as his family has grown it's best to have a background of his parentage and the rock group Rabid Revenge.

The order of the Derek series:

Please... Call Me Derek
Derek's in Trouble
Derek's Revenge
Derek's Good Relations
and coming during 2014 - Derek's Secrets
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Another Excellent Book from Mac Black 27 Feb. 2014
By Ionia Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Derek is back and in just as much trouble (if not more) than usual. Once again Mac Black has taken his readers on a journey into the mind of the unlikely hero/protagonist Derek and his mad family.

I liked this book even more than the last one. After the last book, where Derek made some great and important discoveries about himself and his family, this book continued on giving us information to fill in the gaps and get a better understanding of his position.

With goofy characters from previous books and new drama for Derek, this book is full of giggles and unbelievable situations that the author manages to make believable.

One of my favourite things about this series is the Scottish Dialogue Mac Black includes, and this book is no exception. Derek and his family keep me entertained and always looking forward to their next grand adventure.

I also appreciated that Derek had more than a small taste of success in this book (much deserved) but that things didn't go exactly as one would expect for a guy who has already been through so much.

The writing is easy to read and interesting, so turning pages is no problem. It is always a mystery to see what will happen to poor Derek next.

When you read these books, you get a sense of the author's personality. The funny things that happen between Derek and his wife prove that Mac Black is right in his author bio at the end of the book--he has been married a long time. I love that he can reflect his own experiences in his books.

I would happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys comic relief and series about families and strong bonds.

The question remains...what can he possibly get himself into next, that Derek?

This review is based on a print copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
Not The Strongest Derek Story 8 Jan. 2014
By Brett H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now on to the fourth Derek book, I imagine that the strange world of Derek and his family and friends is very much second nature to the author. As I have read the first three I certainly feel that I am completely on board. However, if you are new to this little universe this is certainly not the right book to start with. I imagine that anyone who has not had the benefit of a little background of Derek Toozlethwaite will be left confused, and even reluctant to continue after a few dozen pages as there is so much history behind the tangled relationships referred to.

I felt that this was not the strongest of the books to date. As I have already alluded to, there is quite a lot of reference back to what has gone on in previous volumes. However, what has gone on before is so strange that it is not really going to help a new reader much. What this instalment does lack is the really strong story line which the previous three certainly did possess.

As a committed Derek reader, I would say that Derek’s Good Relations was still quite an enjoyable read, although I did find myself glancing through sections where not much was going on, which was not my experience with the other episodes. Hopefully Derek’s Secrets which is on the drawing board for release later this year will also herald a return to form since I always look forward to Derek volumes for some light relief after rather heavier reading.
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