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Product details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Long Island Press (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954596048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954596040
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,963,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heartwarming, surreal and very funny. This is the ideal companion read for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ideal for teenagers and adults alike. This novel is not only funny - it raises fundamental questions about participation. But it does this so humorously you may not even notice.

From the Author

This was originally intended to be a film - I saw Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two of the leading characters. The film script became even more surreal when I re-wrote it as a novel. I had a great deal of fun writing this and I hope you will have even more fun reading it.

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By A. Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
A bizarre distraction from the `real' Olympics, this is a story of dreams of great things and ignoring, if not quite overcoming, the politics of sport.

The book begins with Sebastian Coe asking the Olympics Committee to come up with an idea and the idea turns out to be a Poet Laureate of the Olympics and the man chosen is Rowan Jones from Wales. At the initial meeting which is full of journalists and television cameras, Rowan Jones thoughtlessly says a few careless words about the politics of the Olympics and this is immediately pounced on by the numerous journalists to the point that Lord Coe cannot believe what he is hearing and has the poet thrown out. From here on we meet a whole host of acrobatic and athletic characters with strange and wonderful names from far-flung places and who all have problems politically with the countries they come from. None of these people want to represent their countries but are so good in their field of athletics that they are willing or pushed into seeking out the poet who says that the Olympics should be open to all whether or not they have a country to represent. From meeting all these strange competitors we are on a roller-coaster ride of ridiculous hilarity until they all meet up in Wales looking for Rowan Jones the poet.

The story has a star studded cast, mainly Welsh, which includes Charlotte Church, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Jones, Steve Redgrave, Angela Murkel and Berlusconi which all add to the richness of the story. The ending is very fitting and the bombing of the Olympics, which has been everyone's fear, is averted.

The book has an acquired sense of humour, similar to Austin Powers, and the more you read it the more you `get it'.
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*Full disclosure: The author sent me a copy of his novel in the hope that I would review it.*

It's 2012 and the Olympic Games are only six weeks away. Lord Coe however is rather disgruntled to see Tibetan monks caught up in demonstrations outside Westminster- wanting their countrymen to be allowed to compete in the games. As it turns out, they aren't the only disgruntled nation- there's a lot of discontent over the way the games are handled and who is allowed to participate. It is decided (on a complete whim) that a poet laureate will be appointed to keep the peace- to write inspirational poems about pain, glory and victory... but is a poet really enough to save the Olympic Games from impending disaster, or is he going to incite even more problems?

This comic novel is a topical, humorous look at the actual Olympics as well as a somewhat `fringe' Olympics unintentionally instigated, with funny stereotyped characterisations, apt cameos, nods to popular culture and a wacky plot-line.

From the immediate outset readers meet Welshman Rowan Jones (the poet) who is more than a bit melodramatic. The immediate impression is that he is full of delusions of grandeur about his `gift', but are his delusions actually going to be justified in the long term? In contrast we have Rowan Jones the Police Officer (no relation) who is most certainly not blessed with Rowan Jones (the poets) literary way of thinking, a Transcaucasian president with a grudge against the Olympics that he is *determined* to act upon and a whole host of other madcap, calamitous characters from an ex-Gulag jailbird to an Italian playboy swimmer.

I'm not a fan of sports (at all!
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By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
The back cover describes Dreams of Gold as P G Wodehouse meets Tom Sharpe with a dash of Spike Milligan. Personally I would say there was a little Douglas Adams and a smidgen of Terry Pratchett in the mix too. However, this sort of analysis really does not do the author credit for producing a highly entertaining little book.

This very timely tale concerns a plot against the 2012 Olympics, and a group of ill matched characters who for various reasons will not be representing their countries. When Rowan Jones, a Welsh poet is appointed as poet laureate to the London Olympics, he quickly makes controversial statements which these various misfits find inspirational and head for Rowan and Bronwyn, his wife's, home.

It is one thing to write a page or two of witty and entertaining dialogue, but quite another to keep the ideas flowing for the duration of a book. This story is entertaining and amusing throughout, and at times extremely funny. I got through it in a day which reflects both the fact that I enjoyed it so much as well as it being quite short.

The characters were eccentric and memorable and anyone who reads this is not going to forget the likes of Anna, Solomon, Yoshi and Toshi and Jeremiah in a hurry. I do hope the author is able to come up with some more good ideas as I would be very happy to read more in this vein.
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If the 2012 Olympics doesn't fill you with excitement (or even if it does and you didn't get the tickets you wanted) - and whether you're traveling to watch, or traveling to get away, take this book! I shall never see a pink Rolls Royce the same way again either! Great characters, unpredictable action, and an outcome you probably won't have predicted at all well (sign of a good book) - are all carried along with the pace of a film script. It isn't often that so many characters can hold your attention and actually all work together, let alone take you around the globe and back to a farmhouse. There is more than a touch of the absurd, but the idea that sparks all the activity is an interesting one in itself. Most of all it's good fun and very well written, so will also be ideal for holidays and get-aways and forgetting economic gloom.

Highly recommended, and available for Kindle too, which is handy.
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