Some Day I’ll Find You – Richard Madeley

Some Day I’ll Find You – Richard Madeley

For years I’ve never really warmed to Richard Madeley.

I think he’s smug, totally in love with himself and arrogant to boot.

So when I saw his debut book on Amazon, I saw a chance to change my opinion of him. Unfortunately it just confirmed it.

“OK, so if you hated Richard in the first place, whatever made you pick up his book and read it? Surely you’re just asking for trouble?”

And that, dear reader is a good question, but this blog would be pretty dull if I rated every book a four or five out of five now, wouldn’t it?

Now in starting this review, I’d like to point out that just because I can’t stand the man I did not let it taint my opinion of his book. I start each and every book with an open mind and judge each one on the way it’s written, its story, its characters and its ending.

Unfortunately however I thought that “Some Day I’ll Find You” is typical Madeley – it’s charmless, self-important and lacks thought. But then that’s Madeley to a tee, isn’t it? He has delusions of grandeur and thinks he can be an author, so allow me to explain why he shouldn’t give up his day job.

Rather than fashion all of these into a few paragraphs, I’m not even going to give ol’ Richard the courtesey. I’d rather bullet point them. Much like the smug git does in his Youtube video promoting this

Smug Richard Madeley

WARNING – SMUG KLAXON SOUND!

No Richard. No. No No and No again.

  • Missing speech marks on the opening page (the OPENING page for Christ’s sake!)
  • Laboured use of language
  • Overuse of hyphens and italics (lazy man’s punctuation)
  • Continuity errors
  • Factual errors
  • Language you can’t see being used in 1940s Britain “That was really something dad” and “sooo unfair!”
  • Dull, lifeless characters

Richard MadeleyFor a man who reads and reviews books for a living (with his long-suffering wife Judy), I despair.

If I could give some small amount of praise it would be that the first part of the book was interesting, but after an ‘dogfighting incident’ the plot plummets faster than the Spitfire involved. It crashes. It burns, and it hurts (my eyes).

Unfortunaley for Mr M, no-one told him he needed to try a little harder and someone knew that in terms of sales, it wasn’t going to matter.

From the missing speech marks on the opening page (the opening page!) to the laboured use of language (“bestowed”, “gavotte”) and the extraordinary over use of hyphens and italics (the lazy man’s punctuation tools), it is clear that this book did not have an editor. Or far more likely, it had an editor who didn’t want to upset a very valuable client.

Richard.

Stick to telling your wife to shut up, because that’s all you seem to be good for.

Leave the writing to those who know how to string a sentence together.

Big kiss.

The Book Boy.

The Book Boy Rating – 1/5

4 Comments

  1. Beth @plasticrosaries
    Oct 6, 2013

    Just found your blog and have to applaud you for even considering the possibility of reading Madeley – I couldn’t even consider it.
    Same feelings for Ben Elton.

    Enjoyed your review of The Luminaries too.

    Beth :)

    • The Book Boy
      Oct 16, 2013

      Did you see – it won! xx

  2. Yasmin Selena Butt
    Oct 7, 2013

    Hi Liam, I’ve not read his book and I’m not a big fan but it sounds like he had a crap editor to be honest! Sometimes I’ve rejected books by authors I love which should never have passed Go and wonder what the hell the publishers were thinking.

    Books go through so many stages before they hit the shelves, you’d think a bright spark in the team, along the way, would have twigged it was a turkey, even if to some extent what constitutes a good read is a subjective thing. It really bums me out as the reader gets short-changed and the writer looks like a dick. Sometimes a writer, even a best-selling one, needs to hear the word ‘No, this isn’t good enough!’ for their own good. x

    • thebookboy
      Oct 7, 2013

      Hey Yasmin – that’s the problem isn’t it. He’s such a powerhouse in the literary world, editors and publishing houses were probably falling over themselves to secure his debut. But the problem is it’s so bad, and so full of errors, it’s just not up to scratch. Someone needed the balls to sit Mr Madeley down and say “Oi, Richard, your book’s not good enough!”

      But they didn’t

      Because they knew they were on to a money-spinner.

      A shocking, shocking book. I feel sorry for the trees which sacrificed their lives for Madeley’s benefit.

      Avoid this book at all costs (if only for the glaring error where he confuses character names! Continuity error KLAXON!)

      x

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