Sonny's Swimming Lessons

Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Eight year old Sonny lives on the Molly Q motor canal boat, with his parents and older sister Maggie, plying coal with a sixty one foot barge called the Molly B between the Collieries, Glassworks and the Paper Mills. More
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Words: 1,780
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301097418
About Peter Knowles

Peter Knowles born in Barnsley,Yorkshire England and is still living there. Joined the British Army in 1966 at the age of just seventeen, served eight years, first with The York & Lancaster Regiment in Cyprus then with The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment in Hong Kong.
Had many jobs since then, including at one time a Gravedigger then twenty plus years ago, picked up a joblot of cheap books and became a Bookseller, now recently retired he finally became a Self-Published Author. The reason behind this was: Coming to writing late in life he didn't have the time to waste trying to find a mainstream Publisher/Agent to take on his work.Peter writes Short Story/Novelettes, from approx. 2,000 words to 30,000 words, the type of story you can read in a single train/bus journey.
Peter also writes under the name of Margaret Peggy Thorpe.

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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Dec. 10, 2013 :
I read the story, then the reviews, then reread the story.. Two and a half years after the story was first published, I get the feeling that the author took some of the reviewers’ evaluations to heart, which is what a review is all about.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on May 02, 2011 :
The story needs to have the grammar looked at. If the author reads the story out loud I'm sure the story can be easily improved to be a very good read.
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Review by: Jon Hartford on May 01, 2011 :
A good story and premise, but could be improved. It feels like it's missing potential impact and ends up being less exciting than it could be.

Since it's about Sonny learning to swim, maybe more than just one sentence could be spent on that moment, and less on background details. There are several run-on sentences throughout the story, and it starts in present tense for the first two paragraphs, then switches to past. The author seems to be intentionally avoiding the word said. There are differing opinions about that, but when people are laughing, stammering, shouting, spluttering, protesting, commenting, and complaining all the time instead of (mostly) just asking and saying, I can't help but be distracted from the actual story.
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