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King Albert's Words of Advice: And Other Extraordinary Stories [Paperback]

Michael Allen
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kingsfield Publications (5 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903988063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903988060
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,603,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Allen is best known for writing popular mainstream fiction, and he's been doing it successfully for more years than he cares to remember. (Actually his first novel was published in 1963.) Here are some quotes from reviews of his work:

'Absolutely first class' The Bookseller
'Solidly constructed' New York Times Book Review
'A pleasing narrative style' Daily Mail
'Beguiling entertainment' Kirkus Reviews
'Don't miss it' The Observer

These days, Michael publishes all his new work in Kindle format. Much of his earlier work is now out of print, and some of the printed books listed on Amazon are only available secondhand; but most of this earlier output will gradually be republished in Kindle versions. In addition, there are some brand-new publications, listed on Amazon Kindle for the first time anywhere. To take a look at Michael's output and see what appeals to you, click on the Kindle category below and scroll down.

Michael Allen is also known for his practical books for writers:

How to Write a Short Story that Works
The Truth about Writing
On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile

From 2004-07, Michael wrote a daily blog, the Grumpy Old Bookman. Still available online, this contains over one million words of essays, book reviews, and useful information for writers. Michael has recently reopened the blog for occasional reviews, news, and opinion pieces.

Product Description


In these short stories you will meet King Albert, who has a harem of 500 wives, and problems in keeping them all happy; then there's a young lady whose Granny asks her to sleep with a ghost; Budgie Bill, who prefers a feathered bird to the charms of Samantha Ramsbottom; and a host of other engaging characters. This box of narrative delights contains a variety of emotional flavours: all different and yet all satisfying.

About the Author

Michael Allen has written eleven novels (under various names) which have been published in the UK, USA, France and Denmark. He has also had work successfully produced on the stage, television, and radio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Entertainment 23 Nov 2007
Michael Allen's collection of short stories, "King Albert's Words of Advice," is a truly entertaining display of talent by one of the UK's finest writers. The story of the book's namesake, King Albert, is a delightful introduction, leading to the humor of "Unblotting the Copybook" and a marvelous lesson in justice in "A Motto to Die By."

Allen is amazingly versatile, including in this collection a taste of science fiction, heartache, villainy and inequity. Each story is preceded by an introduction that is a unique style of this author.

In his afterword, Allen speaks of the "teller of tales," offered for a pint of beer and creating both illusion and emotions that are real--yet are gone when you look back. Once read, however, it's hard to ever forget Allen's.
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