Narvel Annable 




Reviews Of Lost Lad

"Intriguing. We are made to wait nearly half a century before Narvel finally reveals to us the secret of his devilishly clever conjuring trick. Lost Lad is an entertaining, interesting and well constructed novel. It'll be a real eye opener to the folk of Derbyshire.
"I've never featured in a mystery thriller before. I've enjoyed every minute of it."

John Holmes, BBC Radio Nottingham



"Written by a guy who so obviously loves this county of ours, the novel's Derbyshire backdrop is spectacular. It is a blend of fact with fiction and is packed with characters and events which many of you may find familiar.
"Lost Lad is a fantastic read. We at the Cash Project have no hesitation in recommending it to you."

Gary Woodhouse, The Bent Spire, Chesterfield. Easter 2005




"Lost Lad is written with conviction. In its way, it works quite well, and canters along at a reasonable pace. It's just that, the world unlidded for us here strikes an innocent like me as loathsomely tacky. But that at least underscores Narvel Annable's competence in bringing the more revolting characters so horribly to life! All in all, it is an odd book, and, for all I know, epoch-making for its genre."  

Maxwell Craven, Derby Evening Telegraph, 13.02.04



"Here's a thriller for the fireside. Narvel Annable's easy style, coupled with local knowledge, makes this an entertaining read and will have the reader determined to find out what happened to the lost lad."
Judith Halliday, Derbyshire Today, December 2003
"Annable's prose is generally excellent - evocative without being torturous. It is sharp and witty. His characters are well observed and the story - on the whole - unfolds well.
Narvel Annable is undoubtedly a talented author."

Mark Michalowski, SHOUT! March 2004



"The narrative seamlessly blends fact and fantasy, vividly recreating scenes from a tough and sometimes sleazy youth. The story follows the fates of six friends and the investigation which lays bare their fears and weaknesses, building to a dramatic final twist."

Ian Soutar Sheffield Telegraph 10.09.04



"An interesting tale in which truth and fiction are cleverly blurred."


Derbyshire Life and Countryside December 2003



"Some very strange 'goings on'. Narvel Annable weaves his narrative, carefully travelling from the Derbyshire Dales to the urban landscapes of America, and back, through a minefield of intrigue and mystery before the story reaches the final conclusion."

Keith How, Peak Advertiser 03.11.03



"It offers a unique insight into the former history teacher's life. The story takes us back to a Dickensian style school which almost drove Mr Annable to suicide.
A word of warning: some of the action is not for the fainthearted and is more suitable for adults than children."

James Mitchinson, Worksop Guardian 17.10.03



"Compulsive reading for those who have grown up in Derbyshire, but also for anyone who enjoys a good mystery."

Emily Davies, Ilkeston Advertiser 30.10.03



"Lost Lad reveals Narvel's lifelong passion for cycling along leafy lanes and his appreciation of natural beauty. The spirit and atmosphere of the novel is cleverly captured by the Shipley Park artist Lesley Robinson."

Pauline Oldrini, Belper News and the Ripley and Heanor News 30.10.03



"An entertaining and gritty mystery of a missing cyclist."

Jonathan Dodds, Buxton Advertiser 19.12.03



Lost Lad can be ordered from bookshops or directly from the author by sending a cheque for £8.00 to - 44 Dovedale Crescent, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1HJ.







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