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By: John F Barnes

If Only...

Pages: 210 Ratings: 5.0
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Set in the early 1970s, If Only is based around three 16-year-old lads and the hilarious experiences and adventures they encounter through family life, sport, girls and holidays.

The down-to-earth, original humour is guaranteed to appeal to all age groups and you are assured to laugh out loud throughout the book.

There is also a more serious and nail-biting element as James, the natural leader, decides he has to avenge an injury to his friend and goes to the nearby village aided by the local gang of bullies, with disastrous consequences. Over a period of a week his life spirals downwards as he is accused of a string of crimes and he lays in bed nightly thinking, “If only...”

Running alongside this is Robert who is bullied by a gang to the point where he is about to end his life, but decides to take the alternative route and take them on at their own game.

The book draws inspiration from the humour of The Royle Family, from Tales of the Unexpected with its twist in the tale and from the film The Warriors. It showcases the humorous side of teenage life, together with adventures, excitement and edge-of-your-seat suspense, in a combination that will not disappoint.

John Barnes was born within 300 yards of the Liverpool Kop and spent his formative years in the rural setting of South Yorkshire. Still living in the same area with his wife, Pauline, children, Joanne and Jonathan, and grandchildren, Lola, Camilla, Lucia and Troy living close by, he is now in the twilight of his career as a director of several companies and was inspired to write his first book at the age of 62, with a lifetime of adventures and experiences.  

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  • Roy Conway

    A good read from start to finish, an easy read with lots of humour and memories of teenage life. Good characters and great attention is given to detail to visualise events. An abundance of twists and turns provides a level of suspense and mixed outcomes.

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