I have had the pleasure of ‘meeting’ so many smashing authors through this Staying in with… feature on Linda’s Book Bag and I’m delighted to meet another author today as Stephen Ainley has agreed to tell me all about one of his books.
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Staying in with Stephen Ainley
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Stephen. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Thanks for the invite, Linda.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve bought along my first novel, The Dennis Bisskit Adventures. Being the comic adventures of young, Dennis Bisskit. It describes his rocky journey, from Dudley in the 1950’s. To Uganda, serving in the British Army in the 1960’s. And all the colourful characters he meets along the way.
(Oh! I’ve just come back from a trip to Uganda so it would be great to return through fiction too!)
What can we expect from an evening in with The Dennis Bisskit Adventures?
I recently had my favourite ever review. It just said “This book made me happy” and that is really what I’d hope you would get from an evening with, Dennis.
(Sounds like a book I could do with at the moment Stephen as life has been what you might call challenging!)
He is short, ginger-haired, and very accident prone. He always means well, but most things he tries, seem to end in disaster.
(Actually, this description makes me smile as we used to have a cat called Dennis who had a pretty ‘accident’ prone life as he was diabetic and got taken short quite often. Funnily enough he was ginger too!)
It’s a book full of fun, family, friends and catastrophes.. Some sad bits, but mainly lots of laughs.
Readers are calling it, “hilarious” “brilliantly funny” and “an amusing and heart warming read”.
(It sounds smashing Stephen.)
What else have you brought and why have you brought it?
I have bought a DVD of SpongeBob Squarepants. I’m a huge fan, and have a SpongeBob tattoo.
(Am I allowed to confess I’ve never seen a single second of SpongeBob before? This will be quite an education!)
Also a CD of The Who. I’m a huge fan, and have a, The Who, tattoo.
(I can feel a pattern coming on here…)
Also a huge bowl of trifle. If it were socially acceptable and not dangerous to your health, I would be quite happy to live on trifle. I know what you’re thinking. No, I don’t have a trifle tattoo, but it’s only a matter of time.
(That’s a relief. I’m so pleased you brought the trifle. I love it. I make it all the time so if we run out I’ll whip up another.)
Thank you so much, for staying in with me to introduce The Dennis Bisskit Adventures Stephen. I think your book sounds enormous fun. All the very best with it.
The Dennis Bisskit Adventures
THE HILARIOUS STORY OF A YOUNG BOY’S GROWING UP YEARS
Meet Dennis Bisskit, short; ginger-haired; kind-hearted; game for anything. Born in 1945 on the day the war ended; it should have been a good omen. Instead it’s been one disaster after another. Luckily fate normally steps in to save the day.
Gasp at the great holiday camp knobbly-knees scandal of 1955!
Be amazed as Dennis attempts to win back the world mile record for queen and country!
Discover Fosdyke’s department store and the all-powerful Mrs Ricketts!
Shed a tear as Dennis visits the battlefields of France with his granddad.
And meet the memorable Colour Sergeant Plunkett who teaches Dennis everything he needs to know about the army and finally makes a young man of him.
Published by Austin Macauley, The Dennis Bisskit Adventures is available for purchase through these links.
About Stephen Ainley
Stephen Ainley was born in Birmingham U.K. in 1952. He served in the British Airborne in the 1970’s before emigrating to Australia. He has written short stories and articles for many years but this is his first novel. He resides in Western Australia with wife Jane and Irish terrier O’Malley.
A sequel, Dennis Bisskit and the Man From Paris, with the Very Large Head, is due to be published later in 2018.