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C. R. G. Ellis "Royston Ellis" (Sri Lanka)

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Rory's Boys
Rory's Boys
by Alan Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gay Delight, 2 July 2011
This review is from: Rory's Boys (Paperback)
Although this is billed as a "gay novel" and has enough gay characters to fill a couple of charabancs, it has mass-market appeal because of its humour, ingenious plot, and utterly surprising - but totally believable -- developments. Set in contemporary times, with lots of jokes about famous personalities, it occasionally seems like a throwback to an Evelyn Waugh style 1920s. It is hugely enjoyable, erudite and cleverly written. One small niggle: several punctuation marks are missing and there is even a typo on the cover. However, that shouldn't deter anyone from buying this super novel and having a jolly good time with its protagonist. It would make an enchanting movie, and I hope there will be a sequel, since all ends, comparatively, happily.

What Love Is
What Love Is
by Peter Burton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Love, 29 Mar 2011
This review is from: What Love Is (Paperback)
I am the author of one of the short stories in this splendid collection, What Love Is, so I am biased when I say I liked the book.

I was thrilled to read the other stories when I bought the book as they all give different impressions of different love.

For myself this is the first fiction I have written under my own name since 1967 when my paperback novel set in the Canary Islands, The Rush At The End, was published. Since then I have written books about Sri Lanka and the Maldives for Bradt Travel Guides and, as Richard Tresillian, the raunchy historical novels of The Bondmaster series.
My story, Season of the Peacock, is set in Sri Lanka with an interlude in the Maldives, and delves into a relationship that tourists visiting those countries would never suspect.

I reckon every reader will appreciate these different stories and recommend the book heartily.
Royston Ellis

Just Pretending: A Guide to Being an Elvis Tribute
Just Pretending: A Guide to Being an Elvis Tribute
by Kurt Burrows
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "How to" book for Elvis fans, 26 July 2010
"How to" books are usually good sellers as long as they connect with people who want to learn "how to..."
I bought "Just Pretending" by Kurt Burrows out of curiosity. As an author myself (my 1961 book "The Big Beat Scene" has just been re-published) about 1950s pop music, I remain intrigued by Elvis Presley.
This book is a guide to being an Elvis Tribute Artiste which, the book assures readers, is not the same as being an Elvis impersonator - although the two seem to share the same jump suit.
The Elvis Presley featured here is the mature, 1970's Elvis, not the mean, moody and magnificent 1950s rocker. But Burrows (being an Elvis Tribute Artiste (ETA) himself) knows his Elvis and everything that the potential ETA needs to learn to be a success.
In a way this is a "how to succeed" guide, not just as an ETA but in any field. "Listen...memorise...repeat" are the three key words for the ETA but such advice as being well-rehearsed, self-disciplined, on time, and professional apply to anyone who wants to be a hit.
There are some fascinating insights into the life of professional ETAs, as well as anecdotes about the Elvis jump suit. A good analysis of many of Elvis' songs shows why some are not as easy to sing as they sound.
Photos of Elvis Presley and his tribute artistes illustrate the book but, alas, there is none of the author (whose stage name is Kurt Burrows). He says the book is to entertain and to give advice and not to promote himself.
It's a good read for all Elvis fans, especially those who'd like to pay tribute to him by performing, or just want to understand him better.

Beach Babylon
Beach Babylon
by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative as well as entertaining, 16 Aug 2007
This review is from: Beach Babylon (Hardcover)
As the author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Maldives, and guide books and inflight magazine features on other beach destinations, I was fascinated to read BEACH BABYLON. Although the resort itself has been fictionalised and the incredible events of a resort manager's career packed into one hectic week, it rings so true.
From various clues (a Muslim country, aclohol confiscated from arriving passengers at the airport, the proximity of Colombo, Singapore, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Dubai) the setting seems to be the Maldives.
The author's sources of secrets about what happens behind the scenes are accurate as well as knowledgeable on wines and costs, making this an informative as well as an entertaining book. It is a fast-paced and often gripping read that ends too quickly, even though with a final philosophical flourish. Anyone thinking of holidaying or working in a "tropical paradise" will benefit by reading this book. Jolly good fun! (Royston Ellis)

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