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Derek's In Trouble [Paperback]

Mac Black
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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12 July 2012
'Derek's In Trouble' - As funny as ever and as unlucky as always, Derek is going through another unexpected crisis in his life. A local reporter with the partner of his dreams, his life is all set to be perfect. So, how will he explain his foray out in his wife's dress? Then, there's the leggy lady intent on making a lasting impression ...on top of that, there are everyone else's problems to sort. Is his Gran, the secret Radio agony aunt, capable of helping anyone?

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: U P Publications Ltd; 1st edition (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908135115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908135117
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,392,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Derek's Complicated Life 30 Mar 2013
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It was a pleasure renewing my acquaintance with Derek and his friends and family after meeting them first in Please...Call Me Derek. This sequel starts rather more strongly than the first book, which, I felt, took some time to get into gear since we first met Derek or Sweaty and his gang aged about six or thereabouts whereas most of the story has them as adults.

This time round the story hits the ground running, following straight on from the action in the earlier book. I do think that it is best for the reader to have read the introductory book first, as it would really be quite difficult to relate to Derek when the reader's first glimpse of him is dressed up to the nines in his (slightly thinner) wife's clothing and tottering around on her high heels. Of course, there is a perfectly reasonable...ish explanation, but one has to know a bit about Derek to appreciate this.

Derek certainly seems to have an unenviable talent to get himself into difficult situations, as a result of some really poor decisions. For example, a simple answer to his grandfather and friend, Hammy's request to get involved in their little escapade would have been no, but Derek is, of course, made of sterner stuff than that. One thing I like about these stories is that everyone involved is, if not downright strange, certainly slightly eccentric. Characters such as the next door neighbour and the policeman who we met in the first book and who appears again certainly have their own quirkiness.

Overall I found this an enjoyable and, at times very amusing read. Its not quite a laugh a minute stuff, but in fairness, it is quite hard to write two or three hundred pages in that style. However, there is enough there to keep the reader engaged. Its fine as an adult read but I think that young adult readers will really enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 23 Nov 2012
By Anna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading "Please call me Derek" I looked forward to this 2nd book by Mac Black and have to say I wasn't disappointed. It was every bit as amusing as the 1st. I can't wait for the 3rd in the Derek series to be published. I would highly recommend these books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Derek's in Trouble 2 Oct 2012
By seb
Format:Paperback
Having thoroughly enjoyed Derek's antics in Mac Black's first novel, I was eager to read about yet another crisis in Derek's life. It didn't disappoint and had both my husband [who got to it first!] and myself laughing out loud! Can't wait to find out how Derek gets his revenge.
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