Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Published. Elbows Off The Table.

'Elbows Off The Table'
By John Kennedy Bain





I have done it! I am an author! My book is published on Amazon Kindle and is available in the Kindle store, wherever that is. Unfortunately I seem to have made the title page a bit skewed, but everything else seems to be fine.

I haven't got a Kindle so I can't read it myself, but that's OK 'cos I know what's in it. But perhaps there are other ways and places to read it?

On a serious note I must warn you that this book about my childhood contains descriptions of child abuse that some will find upsetting. And the language! Oh dear! This little book is not for the faint hearted.

However I have I think also managed to inject some humour into it. This might sound strange but it is now more than fifty years after the events depicted, and I think it is my sense of humour that has mostly helped me through. I realised whilst writing that I have used humour as a healing balm for most of my life.

I have made a small change to the author's name (that's me) since I published this. I have added the name Kennedy in memory of my Mother. Despite everything, I did love her. None of us is perfect.






17 comments:

  1. I am thrilled that your book is finally available. Biographies are my favorite read and to be able to read about someone as interesting as you will be a real treat. I am off to shop at Amazon now. I will give you my review when I finish the book. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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    1. I just finished reading your book. If anyone would like to know how children really feel about being treated as nothing, this is the book to read. It hurt me to see how that little boy was led away not knowing why or what was in store for him. The things that boy had to endure as he tried to survive in the system are heart-breaking. It was gratifying to see him develop into a stronger person. What I see at the end is someone who is learning that he has strength but has not as yet learned how to utilize it. It is a remarkable book. You are so brave to share it with the world. Perhaps it will make someone look more carefully at another little boy who is lost in the care system. You are fortunate that you have grown into a man who can give and accept love. It must have been hard for you to do at times.

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    2. I also left a review at the amazon site. You probably will not recognize the name because it is my real name but I wanted to make sure that people will know it is a good read.

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    3. Hi Emma. I have tried to send an email but both times it has not gone. Are you able to send me an email address? I would like to reply personally to you.

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    4. Try emma@nc-mag.com It should go through. Please let me know if there is a problem.

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  2. Congratulations on publishing the book. Actually anyone can download the kindle app for computers and read your book off the computer and you don't need to have a kindle

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  3. Well done! I shall go and buy it now. I do have a kindle so I don't have to work out how to read it without one :)

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  4. Congratulations! I will definitely buy it as soon as I can figure out how to read it on my computer, since I don't own a Kindle, tablet or smart phone.

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    1. Just figured out how to read it on the computer and bought a copy. Be back later, I have a book to read!

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  5. Congratulations on publishing your book John.
    I knew you could do it.
    I'm off to get my copy, so if you don't see me back here for a few days, you know where I'll be.
    Good job!!!

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  6. Got it too. Will read soon. So glad you managed to figure it out to get it up and running.

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  7. John, I'm told that you can load Kindle onto the computer. Yes, I bought it... and will start reading this weekend.

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  8. I will put it on my list! You can get Kindle reader free of the computer.

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  9. Congratulations John, glad you have got it sorted. I am in two minds whether I want to read it or not. I have read similar stories but they have been about people I do not know. Traumatic as they were, I could distance myself from it. As I have met you I think I might find your story too distressing to read. I'll think about it for a while.

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  10. John, I am checking back in. I have bought your book and am now at Chapter 7.
    So far it's been a good read....sometimes I chuckle and other times I am saddened.
    I love your writing style.
    When I'm finished I'll leave an Amazon review as well.

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  11. I'll definitely check it out. Congratulations.

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  12. Congratulations, John, on your book publication. After the recent sadness you have experienced, it is wonderful to have this new event to celebrate.

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