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
"I've never featured in a mystery thriller
before. I've enjoyed every minute of it."
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
"Lost Lad is a fantastic read. We at the
Cash Project have no hesitation in recommending it to
Gary Woodhouse, The Bent Spire, Chesterfield.
"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
Judith Halliday, Derbyshire Today, December
"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
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."
Sheffield Telegraph 10.09.04
"An interesting tale in
which truth and fiction are cleverly blurred."
Derbyshire Life and Countryside December 2003
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
"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
A word of warning: some of the action is not
for the fainthearted and is more suitable for adults than
James Mitchinson, Worksop Guardian 17.10.03
for those who have grown up in
Derbyshire, but also for anyone who enjoys a good
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
"An entertaining and gritty mystery of a
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.