Saturday, June 9, 2018

On Tour: The Special and the Ordinary by David Clapham

Inside the Book:

Title: The Special and the Ordinary
Author: David Clapham
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook
John Haworth, despite innate shyness, has floated upward in a comfortable English home environment under the influence of much older sisters and their friends. After he begins a new school in the early fifties, the seven-year-old is looking lost when a classmate, Martin Holford, decides to take him under his wing. And so begins a long friendship.

Ordinary rules of life apparently do not apply to the confident Martin except, perhaps, when he allows his mischievous humor excessive free rein against the self-important. While on separate coming-of-age journeys, Martin and John get on fine, despite John's occasional resentment about Martin's ability to bounce back after perpetrating 'wrong notes' against the wealthy while John slaves away attempting to make new music sound modern. John, who has no desire to be to be an apathetic musician like his viola teacher, unfortunately lacks the talent, personality, and love of limelight to match his glamorous piano teacher or Katherine, the singer he accompanies on the piano. Now all he has to do is somehow find his place amid an uncertain career as a ghost composer where chances come as infrequent as success.

The Special and the Ordinary shares the unique story of two young people as they come of age and step into the future, each with a different idea on what it means to be true to themselves.

iUniverse awarded The Special and the Ordinary the 'Editor's Choice' designation. Here are excerpts from the enthusiastic editorial reviews:

"Definitely a worthwhile read, I recommend The Special and the Ordinary to lovers of literary fiction." - Pacific Book Review

"...heartwarming and uplifting." - Kirkus Reviews

"The writing is clear and refreshing, with clean sentences that move the story along at a brisk pace." - Clarion Review

Meet the Author:

David Clapham grew up in in Sheffield, England and studied botany at Oxford. After working at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station in Aberystwyth, Wales, he moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where he still lives today. David and his Swedish wife Lena have two children. He has also published Odd Socks with iUniverse in 2013. 

Tour Schedule

Monday, August 20
Book reviewed at Blogher

Tuesday, August 21
Book reviewed at Book Bloggin' Princess

Wednesday, August 22
Book reviewed at The Book Czar

Thursday, August 23
Book reviewed at The Zen Reader

Friday, August 24
Book reviewed at The Hype and the Hoopla

Monday, August 27
Book reviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, August 29
Book reviewed at From Paperback to Leatherbound

Monday, September 3
Book reviewed at The Writer's Life

Tuesday, September 4
Book reviewed at Harmonious Publicity

Thursday, September 6
Book reviewed at Straight From the Author's Mouth

Monday, September 10
Book reviewed at My Bookish Pleasures

Tuesday, September 11
Book reviewed at Breaking the Spine

Wednesday, September 12
Book reviewed at The Literary Nook

Thursday, September 13
Book reviewed at Write and Take Flight

Friday, September 14
Book reviewed at Inkslinger's Opus

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