Life Knocks was shortlisted for the world respected Dundee International Book Prize.
Here's what the BBC, published authors and readers have to say...
"Had us in fits of laughter." The BBC Comedy Cafe.
"A wonderfully wonky, brilliantly honest book about love."
Matthew Hill. Author of The Folded Man.
"Incredible" Sonia Land. Sheil Land Associates.
"Life Knocks has become one of my favourite books. It is such a wonderful snapshot of life, written in a rhythm that alone is worth reading, let alone the story which is all captivating, mad, sad and degenerate to know. This story and its writing is so refreshing in a field full of drab that stick to the rules of confinement. I loved the metaphors, envious that someone could come up with such wonderful images. Author Craig Stone is an awesomely talented writer and storyteller. Too many published books don't say anything, don't convey the truth of human nature. This does in abundance. Buy it, read it, love it." Journalist/Author David Hurst.
"Life Knocks has moments of pure heartbreaking pain, desperation, abuse and a person hitting rock bottom. But it is brilliant, there are moments of love, pure unbridled love. The type of love others books claim to be about but can only dream of conveying." Author James Joshua.
"Laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking, a must read. Reading this is something like having buckets of glitter and water dumped unexpectedly over your head, and then watching the resultant mix flowing down river - startling, disorienting, beautiful, surreal, twirling in random side pools and tangents, but ultimately all heading to the same destination." www.openingthebook.com
“Life Knocks succeeded further for me as a reminder to view the rough, cold, patch of concrete I live on; where angry, apathetic, weary, disappointed (even despairing) feet of residents pound hope out of the pavement every day-- with softer eyes of equanimity. Buy it, read it, enjoy the ride laughing along the way. You won't regret it." Shazza
“I would not be surprised if, 50 years from now, Craig Stone ends up being considered one of the classic writers of our day. Much of his writing shows incredible depth of insight into human nature and relationships.” Author Regi McClain
"I couldn’t put this book down and was annoyed at any interruptions such as having to eat, go to the toilet or sleep. Craig’s second book, like his first (The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness) has made it into my top ten, super duper, bestest books of all time. This book’s a keeper, and it gets five, eyeball burning, super novas.” Author Dionne Lister
“I don’t recall ever reading a contemporary novel that made me both laugh aloud and feel deeply moved as did Life Knocks.” Sage Doyle
“We have in Craig an intelligent, humorous, hopeful realist with an ability to render you a laughing mess on one page while pulling firmly on your emotional heart strings the next. He is someone who writes from deep within but based on spot on observations of himself, others and the experiences that ensue. I urge you to buy this book now because if you don't you're seriously in danger of missing out on one of the best independent writers out there today.” Blogger Rob Powell
"Craig Stones writing is food for the soul." Author Stephen J Forgan.
INFORMATION ON AUTHOR CRAIG STONE
INTERVIEW WITH BBC
THE DUNDEE INTERNATIONAL BOOK PRIZE
A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR...
The simple truth is, I will get nowhere without your help. I need readers to read Life Knocks, so if you are looking for a book to read, or wanting to try a new author, please try me.
It would mean the world if you did.