Troubador The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness

Released: 28/06/2016

ISBN: 9781785890666

Format: Paperback

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The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness


What do you do when the voice in your head is telling you to walk out of your job and follow your dreams? What would happen if you listened to the voice in your head? What if you walked out of your job, left your home and a few hours later found yourself jobless and homeless, sitting on a park bench, with a pad and a pen and a desperate hope that the book you are going to write in the park will eventually change your life? That's what Craig Stone, professional nobody did. This is the story he made up to keep his sanity while living alone in Gladstone Park, North London, as he came to terms with the consequences of making bold decisions. He sat under a tree, writing about what it was like to be living under a tree. Craig was determined to write a book that would get him out of the park, a book so original it would be published and change the course of his life. The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness is his story. An imaginative mix of fantasy and his own experiences, this funny and sometimes poignant tale will appeal to those looking for an original and edgy take on autobiographical writing.


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5.0 out of 5 stars
Immense, you have to read this!

This story is wonderful. A true story, it is about so many things: having the passion to follow your dreams and become the person you're supposed to be - even if that means being homeless and sleeping rough in a London park on the way to becoming an author, as Craig Stone is now, and who will be a name more and more people read, know and love. It's also about society's hierarchy and how harsh it is to be at the bottom, although it gives much food for thought on this, and a conclusion that it's better to be free than be a robotic unemotional suit going through life with closed eyes. It's about the insane and the inane, the rules that pervade our small worlds, and the unconventional. The book writes all this in its own way, and in the beautiful rhythmic style that I loved in the author's sequel to this, Life Knocks. There are also farcical qualities to this story, loads of laugh-out loud moments, and the farce that it builds up to at the end is sheer brilliance (and it actually happened which is insane!). I'm now a big fan of Craig Stone's writing style and stories, simple as that. I look forward to another one, and urge anyone who's not read Life Knocks or this one to read them. These books are in my all-time favourites.


by Abbo

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
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This review is from: The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness (Kindle Edition)
Having read Life Knocks I had to read The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness. Like Life Knocks, it's very different to anything I've read before, and I struggled to put it down. One minute I was laughing hysterically, the next close to tears. I love the different stories within the story, all woven together very cleverly. Bizarre and strangely beautiful, more please Mr Stone!


by AC

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