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The Pebble Champion entered in literary competition
The Pebble Champion by A.D. Pritchard has been entered in the LGBT Debut Fiction category of the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.
The Pebble Champion Worldwide Press Release
The Pebble Champion: Teenage Bereavement, Sexuality & Self-Acceptance Explored in Uplifting New Novel.
A.D. Pritchard’s ‘The Pebble Champion’ showcases a poignant narrative with a refreshingly honest voice. Cutting through stigma and stereotypes, the book focuses on one young man’s coming-of-age to explore issues of loss, guilt and sexuality – issues that are relevant and real for many young people all over the world.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United Kingdom – While thousands of compelling coming-of-age novels sit on the world’s bookshelves, A.D. Pritchard’s ‘The Pebble Champion’ stands head-and-shoulders above the rest for its successful articulation of teenage grief and confusion. Self-acceptance, sudden loss, sexual insecurities and the search to find harmony with one’s self, form central themes in a narrative that is as uplifting as it is important.
“Like millions of teenagers, Chris Elliot struggles when navigating the world in order to find his place. However, he faces many extra challenges after losing his mother and trying to come to terms with it at a time when he is also struggling with his own sexuality,” says Pritchard. Continuing, “I express these issues and many more in a very honest way. There is no hype and no attempts to create controversy for the sake of it. Therefore, it’s a very realistic read that will help any young person struggling with the same insecurities, whilst helping adults realise how young people feel after the loss of a parent. Does Chris eventually triumph? You’ll have to buy the book to find out.”
Reviews for the novel have been glowing. For example, Greedybugbookreviews comment, "The story of finding first love is never going to be an easy one. Add in the loss of what was essentially your only parent and you will be understandably upset and confused. The Pebble Champion is such a wonderful story of a 15 year old boy, you want to cry with, you want to laugh with and you want to feel with... an entertaining narrative that you can’t put down."
Miss Frances Waller writes: “For anyone ( young or old ) who has ever lost a parent, had their heart broken, or struggled to come to terms with who they are; this book is for you. Poignant, moving, strong and very very readable, ‘The Pebble Champion’ is one of those human stories which will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. Its a page turner, a tear jerk-er and a smile maker :-) . Like all good novels, it deserves to be read and treasured.”
Varina Earl adds, “I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read The Pebble Champion, but it certainly met every expectation I may have had. While reading this book, I smiled, I cried and I wanted to spend more time with the characters in the book.”
‘The Pebble Champion’, by A.D. Pritchard, published by Wilkinson House Limited, is available now in paperback and ebook formats:
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About the Author: A.D. Pritchard is an author, poet and playwright.His poetry has appeared in magazines, anthologies and websites worldwide since 2000. In 2005, he was made Poet of the Month by the then London Poet's Letter Society, and was invited to read at the Poet's Cafe in Covent Garden. His video poem 'Like So' was an official selection at the 2013 Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Advancing Backwards is his first poetry collection.His plays, Round Here, Torn Jeans and Genius were published by New Theatre Publications in 1999 after winning festivals at schools in Cape Town in 1993, 1994 and 1995. 'Round Here' won the Young Farmer's Club Regional One Act Play Festival in Wales, and was later performed at the Brecon Theatre in 2000. Thirteen years later, it was again staged in Wales, this time at the Theatr Hafren in Newtown.
Book dataTitle: The Pebble ChampionAuthor: A. D. PritchardISBN: 978-1-899-713-264 (trade paperback)Publisher: Wilkinson HouseList price UK: £11.99 (paperback) £4.99 (digital formats)List price USA: $13.99 (paperback) $5.99 (digital formats)
'LIKE SO' video poem 'Official Selection' at Visible Verse Festival, Canada
Dear Alan; Kudos and congratulations! Your piece, Like So, is an official selection of the 2013 Visible Verse Festival at the Cinematheque in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the date Sat, Oct. 12. - Heather Haley, Curator, Visible Verse Festival
'GENIUS' staged at Newtown Theatre, Wales
After making its Welsh debut at the Brecon Theatre in Wales in 2000,"Genius" will be again be produced/staged on 13th February 2013 at Theatr Hafren Newtown as part of the Welsh Young Farmers Club Regional One Act Play Festival.
WINDOW SPIT now available in Kindle format
Window Spit is now available on Amazon in kindle format.
Poem "Party" selected for publication
My poem 'Party' has been selected for submission in the forthcoming edition of the Irish Literary Journal called The Linnet's Wings.
Poem "I Need to Know" selected for publication
My poem 'I Need to Know' has been selected for submission in the forthcoming edition of the Irish Literary Journal called Lagan Online.
Poem "Consequence" chosen for a student choreography assignment at Western Kentucky University
Consequence has been used as the soundtrack to a choreographed dance video. Watch the stunning dance here.
Author Rosie Malezer selects Window Spit as "Book of the Month"
"CONGRATULATIONS to Alan David Pritchard on being awarded Book of the Month for June 2017, for his intoxicating look into today's reality, titled Window Spit."
THE PEBBLE CHAMPION chosen by Dongjiao Book Club in Shanghai.
"I was genuinely touched and delighted to be the guest of honour at an evening hosted by the Dongjiao Book Club in Shanghai last night. They had chosen The Pebble Champion as their first read of 2017 and had the opportunity to ask me questions about the book and the process of writing it. It was a lovely evening, and a rare pleasure to be with so many people who had really enjoyed the novel. Thanks to all who provided snacks and drinks, reviews, smiles, and such warm company." Alan - 21 February 2017