All Too Human
I came to this book as a hostile critic. I’d said I would review it and felt I ought to do so, but what do I care for a book by a black, English, kick-boxing champion who has spent time in prison. Now I care. It is a significant, thought provoking and entertaining piece of literature, potentially life changing and not far from masterpiece.
Jeff Hunt – Humanist Society of New Zealand More
This is the autobiographical account of how and why a successful sportsman and promoter, Howard Brown, finds himself serving a long prison sentence. With acute powers of observation, he treats the reader to penetrating insights on a wide range of topics as well as the absurdities of prison life. He also begins a research project on religion with a cross-cultural outlook, arriving at thoroughly sceptical conclusions. The process is intensive and teaches him, through self-criticism, to be a writer. Brown is particularly adept at tempering hope with wit and down-to-earth realism. This ability in particular keeps matters entertaining. All Too Human leaves us wanting to hear more of what this prodigious new talent has to say.
John Edwards – The Ethical Society
Exhilarating, absorbing, and enlightening... Proof that you do not need mythical belief to draw on inner strength and turn your life around. Howard Brown’s pain, growth, humanity, and new found ability are evident in droves and for someone who is not an academic the range and breadth of his knowledge is truly astonishing. His factual observations and insights will leave many feeling liberated and others both shaken and stirred. This journey is truly a triumph born out of adversity... unputdownable!
Asad Abbas – Chartered Clinical Psychologist B.A. (Hons.)
Entertaining, informative and truly thought-provoking, the adjectives can run and run. The way Howard has picked himself up, dusted himself off and reshaped his life is inspiring stuff. I hope he continues to go from strength to strength. Bravo old warrior! Bravo!
Barry McGuigan – WBA World Boxing Champion 1985-1986
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