Homeward Bound is out and can be ordered from good bookshops and through Waterstones
and Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Homeward-Bound-Richard-Smith/dp/1838591591?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag
One Amazon review: 'I really enjoyed this book Although it will clearly appeal to music fans of my generation (over 65) who will appreciate the way Richard skillfully weaved the many music references into the story the book will appeal to younger readers too. The central premise that young people should take every opportunity to follow their dreams is very poignant. It wouldn't take much to turn this book into a film script.'
And I'm in the papers!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and was really sorry when I finished reading it and wanted it to go on. Hopefully more to follow by Richard Smith.
by Mary Kinneir
I got this book as a gift and found it really enjoyable and hard to put down. It's a story of music, relationships, dreams and realities.
The author managed to bring the characters to life in a way that had me totally invested - I was really annoyed by one character's actions, which to me is a sign of a well-written book.
I really enjoyed the musical references too; some I recognised from my parent's era, some were current that I knew and some I looked up (which brought the story to life further)! I'd definitely recommend it and think it could also be a good one for book groups too - lots to discuss.
by B. Sheppard
Heart warming but not sentimental story of older people and interfamily relationships told with a wry.himour.
Great picture of the relationship of a teenaged daughter and her family particularly her grandfather
Sent me straight to YouTube to check out the music
Good read for anyone 15-90
This book is a lot of fun - I read it in two days, finding it hard to put down. Richard Smith's dialogue is fantastic! It's a family drama, but will be especially good for anyone who loves music as they are sure to enjoy the parallel experiences a grandfather and his granddaughter adjust to the next stage of their lives. Humane, witty, super-readable, enjoy.
Homeward Bound is my first novel. Some might say, at my time of life, I should be retired with my feet up, not writing a first novel. But then, writing has been my life. For decades, I made my living by writing and storytelling for TV commercials and sponsored and corporate films and videos. You might well have seen some of them. On the way, I won numerous accolades, including a British Television Advertising Award, and over fifty best scriptwriter and best programme awards at non-broadcast Oscars.
Filming locations ranged across Nigeria, Norway and Norwich! Many recent projects focused on social issues, including disability, equality and care for the young and elderly. While I hope these have made a positive difference, rather worryingly, two of my early commercials were featured in a British Library summer exhibition entitled Propaganda.