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Stuart Ayris
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Book Description

16 Jun 2014

Hello, the moon and the stars...

Edward Jarvis Huggins is a ten year old boy brought up in a shack in eighteenth century England, his father an alcoholic, his mother dead. Fleeing their father, Edward and his sister find themselves in Kent, on a farm peopled by other restless souls who have arrived at that same place over the previous ten years for reasons unknown to them.

Edward is convinced that he is the re-incarnation of Jesus, the returning Messiah, the son of God. Could it be that he really has been sent to earth to save mankind or is he just a troubled little boy who talks to the moon and the stars?

The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins is a novel of courage, humour, cricket and destiny.

Thank you

Stu


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Product details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (16 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909192805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909192805
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stuart Ayris was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London. School was largely unproductive, leading to his early adult years being spent putting up stalls at Romford Market, working in a record shop, gardening and road sweeping.

After resigning from an insurance company to play in a band, he found himself unemployed for two years in the early nineties. It was during this time, at the age of 22, that he wrote his first novel - A Cleansing of Souls. He wrote his second novel, Tollesbury Time Forever (FRUGALITY: Book 1), between 2008 and 2011. Both novels were made available for download to Kindle in early 2012. His third novel - The Bird That Nobody Sees (FRUGALITY: Book 2) - was released in July 2012. The final book in the FRUGALITY Trilogy - I Woke Up This Morning - was released in April 2013.

Stuart is currently writing his latest book - The Buddhas of Borneo - which he hopes to release by the end of the Summer. This will be followed by Working Man's Taxi which has a tentative release date of December 2013.

In terms of writing, his heroes are Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.

Website at: www.stuartayris.co.uk
Blog at: www.tollesburytimeforever.blogspot.com
Email: stuayris@googlemail.com


Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine innings of a book. 10 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Stuart Ayris, like me, you will not be disappointed. His creativity, charm and and wonder are printed upon each swipepage of this book. ;)
But for those who have not read a Stuart Ayris I can honestly only advise you to give it a go. The opening scenes I think are some of his best work to date. The characters are grand. The poetry and game of cricket divine.
There are thousands more tragical ways to spend a couple of quid I'm sure, but only one that could make your day a bit more magical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant or Enjoyable Rubbish - Still Not Sure! 22 July 2014
By JJ
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This is the first book I have read by this author. I was drawn to it by the wonderful title and the very good reviews. I read it within hours as I wanted to know what happened to all the characters I met, especially Edward Jarvis Huggins.

So why my review heading? Why my star rating?

I enjoyed the book so that must count for something. It drew me in and captured me but was that the magical bit? Is it Stuart Ayris who is actually magical and was it him who cast a spell for those few hours? I am still not sure.

In parts his writing reminded me of Stephen King at his most whimsical. To me, there are echoes of his Dark Tower series where now and then bleed into each other.

My star rating is based on 5 for brilliant writing and 3 for enjoyable rubbish, so 4 overall.

Do I feel I wasted my time reading it - no, definitely not, but I think it will be up to you to decide which of the two, brilliant or enjoyable rubbish, it will be. All I can say is, take a magical tragical chance. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru Speaks 25 July 2014
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I suspect Stuart Ayris will collect a cult following. A following of those seeking a little more from this brief life that can, at times, be filled with pain and anguish. Ayris gently nudges one towards enlightenment with a soft hand and a kind word. Is he a guru? He’d laugh at the idea and yet I find his novels touch me in a way that is rare in literature.

His writing breaks every conversation in the book, pun intended. He remains playful slipping in poetic lines whenever he damn well pleases and to hell with the hard hearted critic.

I’ve been known to drone on with the books I’ve loved but I feel the need to keep this succinct.
This novel is about cricket and a little boy who seems heaven sent. It is about loss, grief and redemption. It is about friendship, teamwork and the human spirit. Whatever this fabulous novel teaches you enjoy it. That is all. Now go. Read. Be uplifted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shuddershakes in the Land of Wow! 27 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A most wonderful thing happened to me earlier this year. I got to meet the incredibly talented Stuart Ayris at a Goodreads UK author/reader get-together, and brilliantly, he is exactly how I had always imagined him to be; which is to say he is warm-hearted, kind, non-judgmental, humble, grateful, honest, talented...I could go on and on.

And so, we spent the evening eating curry with other GR friends, before Stu and I installed ourselves in a pub, where we listened to live music and were wowed by the wonderstuff of the young, dancing and drinking, and drinking and singing. The music ended, and we moved out to the beer garden, where we stayed until we could stay no longer, our faces lifted to the sky, being wowed some more by the moon and the stars.

Hello, the moon and the stars.

So says Edward Jarvis Huggins, the magical, tragical little boy at the heart of this incredible novel that is...well, really hard to fit into a genre. Metaphysical, historical, spiritual, literary, humorous, tragic, social comment, madsad and perpetual (these last words are borrowed from the man himself).

What it isn't is romance. It's not throwaway fiction, but none of Stu's work is throwaway stuff. He has such a unique and inspired view of the world that makes you stop and think, and re-read, and re-re-read. Where words do not exist to describe, he introduces his own. Where only sorrow should exist, he brings hope. In short, The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins is the work of a genius.

I'll be up-front and tell you that Stu and I have become friends, and I feel truly privileged to be his friend, and to be given the honour of publishing the paperback editions of some of his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best yet 9 Jun 2014
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This story is set in eighteenth century Kent and is peopled with a wonderful set of characters both good and bad, including a tired, wise mule called Oaken. We meet Edward at the age of ten when he and his sister run away from a drunken father. The story is very much what fans of Stuart Ayris will expect. It's lyrical, whimsical, humorous and deep. You can't keep Mr Ayris down and he occasionally speaks in asides to the reader, in effect. We roll on through this story fearing an inevitability but with all good stories there's more there than is immediately apparent.

I enjoyed reading this, watching the development of the story and the unfolding of the characters. I don't know if any of this story is based on truth but the author always manages to sift his own truth from the lives of those he writes about. Highly recommended and possibly the author's best yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Strange but very readable.
Published 18 days ago by Caroline Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the realm of the ordinary
Reading this book is no ordinary experience. If you like books that start at the beginning and tell a story in a fairly mundane way, using language which may be well-chosen but is... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mrs JR McLaren
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Found this. Book really hard to get into
Published 29 days ago by Sheila Elizabeth Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird
I tried 4 times to get into it, I found it weird the way it was written. Not a story as such.
Boring. Its now been wiped from my kindle.
Published 1 month ago by LC
1.0 out of 5 stars the magical tragical life of Edward jarvis Huggins
Sorry,couldn't get past the third chapter. I have never read a more confusing book. One minute you are in the 1700,s but the author is relating similies from today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by katherine abbott
2.0 out of 5 stars so very boring, nothing to get excited about
so very boring, nothing to get excited about, did not read it to the end had enough reading it, so closed it off,
Published 1 month ago by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 1 month ago by fay
1.0 out of 5 stars very strange
Very strange book. Finished it but can't say I enjoyed it !!
Published 1 month ago by catherine grant
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I found it heavy reading
Published 1 month ago by C.T
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written; engaging and absorbing as all the author's ...
Beautifully written; engaging and absorbing as all the author's works are. The perfect book to take on holiday or for any other occasion.
Published 2 months ago by Simon P. Howes
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