First Review of Sea
They say that every story has been told and new ones are
just variations of old ones, but this is the first book I
have come across that makes ‘heroes’ of ‘outcasts’ and
challenges long held, deep prejudices.
Not many people would dare to write about such a taboo,
but Narvel Annable has done so in the best way possible by
making it part of an intriguing and challenging ‘true
life’ story – his story. This is a sometimes
harrowing account, portraying real people with real
feelings and real dilemmas amid real intolerance and real
dangers. He has lifted the lid on a secret world
which open-minded people will find irresistible.
Life for 12-year-old gay boy Simeon is so bad that he
contemplates suicide. But he finds a friend in
‘Guzzly Granddad’, a paedophile who helps him escape a
life of torment in a Derbyshire mining town without pity.
On his journey to freedom, Simeon meets others who live
secret lives, discovering love, courage and kindness in
their twilight world.
The account of Simeon’s transition from unwanted, bullied
boy to confident adult is moving and inspiring, and
furthers the cause of compassion and understanding for
people who are perceived to be ‘different’.
To say the author struggled at school, this is brilliant
writing; a powerful story with a challenging message.
Second Review of Sea Change
Heartbreak Hotel by
Elvis Presley was still bellowing out from Milk Bar
jukeboxes in 1957 and through 1958 - the period for which
Narvel Annable’s latest novel Sea
Changeis set. It’s
more like Heartbreak
Heanor though, as thatSix-Five
Special steamin’ down the line is
taking us on a rocky rollercoaster of real emotions.
From fear and despair to love and understanding; from a
culture of cruelty to one of kindness.
Hold on tight as we travel
through deepest darkest seediest Derbyshire, out through
treacherous snow, into mysterious magical woods and then
out again as far as Scotland
(or is it?). With your trusty Cresta
Deluxe rucksack crammed
with essentials and your fleece-lined
won’t go far wrong.
This challenging ride is not for the faint hearted
however, so be warned, but the reward lies in the magic of
Narvel’s writing and the journey he takes you on as you
feel you are transported to the there and then…even though
sometimes you’d really rather not be. Sea
the transformation of a poor, bullied and abused boy into
something rich and strange, and Oh
story with characters that you will never forget.
Sea Change is
another great yarn from the storyteller of gay Derbyshire,
Interwoven with references to real-life events
and history, he writes a terrific
I wish we had a Narvel in every region of
England to tell such tales
He is a powerhouse of campaigning
and letter writing to the press
His amazing work reaches local people
big national campaigns often do not.
He is very effective
Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner