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Tony Pritchard was born in Doncaster, England in 1968. Kicking and screaming he spent most of his youth running from a succession of larger children until eventually escaping to the giddy heights of Teesside Polytechnic.
Here he befriended many mentally challenged individuals and spent a great deal of time writing terrible poetry and stories that astounded no-one.
There followed numerous flirtations with employment, but the desire to write was far stronger than the desire to learn how to write, and he continued to produce dreadful, lacklustre prose well into his thirties. Somehow, despite all his efforts, his writing improved, and eventually he realised that wanting to write was not enough; he had to learn how to write.
Long hours of graft and several nervous breakdowns later he emerged from the cocoon of learning slightly improved. His first published work, "Ella's Coffee", became available for Amazon Kindle on 16th October 2011. The world was decidedly unconcerned. He has now returned to Doncaster, and continues to write, sometimes well.
February 2012 - Ordinary Joe and the Mark of Four available on Smashwords and Amazon. Two years of my life well spent creating the story I am most proud of.
on Dec. 24, 2011 :
These stories were extremely quick reads. I've had them read for over a week now, but haven't written my review because I've been going over and over this work in my mind. I am torn.
Before I get to why I'm torn, let me describe the work to you a little bit. Ella's Coffee actually encases two very short stories ... glimpses, really ... into the lives of two different women.
The first story is Ella's Coffee and is about a woman going on a blind date with a man she met through the Internet.
The second story is Adrift and is about a woman sure her marriage has fallen apart now that their child has left for college.
Now, to explain why I'm torn... The reviewer in me says that these stories are life-like, realistic and could be any woman you meet. They're well-written and descriptive enough that you feel the settings and people are familiar to you. So, in this respect, job well done Mr. Pritchard.
The OTHER side of me, the woman, is divided as well!!!
Womanly side A is offended that the female characters in both stories seem to exude a sense of insecurity. I know all woman do not portray a confident persona, but I like to think we do. Maybe I'm becoming feminist as I grow older ...
Womanly side B cheers the endings of these stories. I'm not going to tell you how they end, but I did enjoy them.
Are you now as confused as I am? Then I am in good company!
I must say, though, this review is not what I had written originally to post. However, the more I thought about these stories ... well ... this is its end result. So, Mr. Pritchard, I'm not sure where the comedy comes in at, but kudos for confusing the hell out of me. Not many writers can do that and still have me enjoy their stories! =)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2011 :
Tony Pritchard has created female characters who are spot-on and life-like, very real. He has hit the characterizations of these two women, Ella (Ella's Coffee) and Susan (Adrift), out of the ballpark.
In Ella's Coffee, Ella is a forty-two-year-old woman waiting in a coffee shop for her blind date to show. This is a funny look at what women can put themselves through. The things that go through her mind as she is waiting to meet her date are funny but mask loneliness. A couple of funny quotes from the story:
"She couldn’t afford to be distracted by anyone, no matter how tightly they were packed into their regulation black trousers."
"If it wasn’t for men she would wander around in a sack cloth with wild untempered hair, legs like a gorilla and possibly a beard."
Adrift is a poignant story of a twenty-year-old marriage lost in the everyday grind and what happens when the only child leaves the nest for college. Has some horror elements in Susan's nightmares.
Tony Pritchard is an author to watch for. These two short stories would easily make good full length novels or novellas.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 12, 2011 :
An insightful and often very funny depiction of the difficulties women in early middle age face. Unusually for a male author, both women in these two stories are believable and compelling. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)