Description: Certifiedis a fictional memoir following one man through birth, marriage, and death. Inspired by real life events, the book takes you on a journey of joy, loss, and heartache, through life’s three certificates.
It is, ultimately, a love story.One Unexpected Birth: The long road to fatherhood. Missed opportunities, poor choices, a car ride with Bet Lynch, and finally the shock of becoming a Dad. A story of heartache, elation, and Peter Beardsley.One Hapless Wedding: The pressures of matrimony. Inept friends, false promises, an encounter with armed police, and finally the relief of “I do.” A story of love, commitment, and a stranger, Wally, and his camper van.One Bizarre Death: The sadness of loss. Confused emotions, life re-evaluation, £25k in ceased bank notes, and finally saying goodbye. A story of regret, family reflection, and Morrisons, the supermarket.A book to stir the memories in us all. The realisation we have all been certified.
Firstly I need to apologies to Roger for the amount of time it has taken to get this book review typed up and posted. I received a copy of the book directly from Roger (thank you!) quite some time ago but life got in the way and I only recently managed to fully finish the book and get my review sorted. I will say straight off I really enjoyed this book. If I'm honest it isn't one I would have picked off of the shelf if not being sent to it read, I can't put my finger on why, maybe because of the genre. I'm going through a phase of nature non-fiction and crime fiction reading at the moment so probably just because it is a modern contemporary / comedy genre book. That being said I'm so glad I was sent it to read because it was such a brilliant read, funny in places and tear jerking in others.
The writing style and structure of the book, being separated into three parts a Birth, a Wedding & Death was very clever. Each a time where certificates are issued, hence the title. Roger did well to blend them together in a way that made the story flow. I enjoyed the clever twists and surprises along the way. The way it was written felt a lot like you were being spoken to, rather than reading a book, which I thought fitted really well for novel. It was like someone was recounting their family history, telling you about themselves, being completely candor and leaving nothing out.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that covers love, loss and new life in an entertaining way. It doesn't get too dark so even though I need to say there is a trigger warning of death it isn't too heavy on the heart as its handled really well.
Rating 4 stars You can purchase this book via Betty's Books, 30 Queen Street, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2RB or here online.