Troubador Leicester Rocks

Released: 28/03/2020

ISBN: 9781838593032

eISBN: 9781838598570

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Leicester Rocks


Leicester, 2015. In his mid-fifties, unemployed and divorced, wannabe rock guitarist Stan Booker is sick of drifting through life. Saying goodbye to the old, he takes charge of his life, joining forces with his lifelong friend Phil to start a business and seeks out new challenges to fulfil his rock dreams. 

A relationship is soon on the cards as he meets an unlikely match in twice-divorced Mandy, and with his newfound drive propelling him forward he recruits five musicians with diverse backgrounds and characters for the band, aptly named Leicester Rocks. Of course, he knows the chances of them making a success of things is on a par with the 5000:1 odds against Leicester City winning the English Premier League title. But a proud city patriot, he decides it’s about time everyone knows just how much Leicester ‘rocks’ - and what better way to showcase it?

As Leicester City’s star rises, both Stan and Phil find their own dreams within reach, but trouble for these through-and-through Leicester heroes is never far away. Love and loyalties will be tested, ambitions threatened, and attitudes challenged as the last kick-off approaches. Will it be the final whistle or will Stan and Phil finally hit all the right notes?

A very enjoyable read which keeps you engaged in following Stan's dream of becoming a rock star. There is a great list of other characters in the story and I particularly liked the use of local dialect, which helps bring the setting in Leicester to life.

by Kathryn Kergozou

I was really drawn into the plot of Leicester Rocks, and loved the characters. It felt like I was actually outside Ursula's Cafe when the band played their first gig. In short, I genuinely have not felt as connected to any book other than those written by Mary Wesley. I love it. Thank you.

by Richard Taylor

I usually only read for a few minutes at bedtime, but couldn't put this book down. Thoroughly enjoyed Leicester Rocks, and strongly recommend it. Well done.

by David Bentley

Mike Hatfield

I am a retired Headteacher, later an educational consultant, and until recently a member of a creative writing group. The inspiration for many of my short stories and first novel has come from the insight gained into the rich diversity of lives of people from all walks, through years spent working in and supporting schools around Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

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