#BlogTour #Review ~ The Rainbow Player by David Kerby-Kendall @dkerbykendall @gilbster1000 @AuthorightUKPR

England footballer, Sammy Hatchington, has never considered sexuality before. As a teenager, Sammy broke the mould of his youthful peers with his desire to open the door to life’s endless possibilities. He escaped a deprived estate and, with the help of Old Thomas, his surrogate father, Davey, his soul-mate, and Gran, the connoisseur of footballer’s bottoms, launched himself on a path toward his personal and professional goals. Now, several years later, he must make a decision that could destroy everything he has fought for, and create a furious media frenzy………

David Kerby-Kendall’s joyous and witty novel challenges preconceptions about professional sportsmen and love, and is also a delightful and moving story of a young man’s journey to self-knowledge.
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About the Author

Originally from Leicester, David Kerby-Kendall now lives in Muswell Hill, North London. He is an actor who began writing in 2007. From the success of his first play, Save Your Kisses For Me, he became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions, writing and adapting plays for national tours, including three David Walliam’s novels (Mr Stink, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy) as well as several other novels: Pride And Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan and Dracula. His second play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has two new plays in the pipeline: 20:40 which deals with depression and Gay Pride And No Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.

My Review

I thought I knew what to expect from this book based on the pre-conception of football (yuck) and the rainbow symbolism. Instead I found a story that moved me to my very core. It has a tremendous amount of depth and sensitivity, the characters are all slightly defective in their own way which makes them incredibly human and natural.

The strength of loyalty among friends in contrast to the utter disinterest shown by some members of the family, the blunt ignorant stigma involved creates a well rounded observation. There are some fantastically humorous parts to counter balance the poignant moments.

Sam grows up in a deprived area, has zero support from his father .. but thankfully his Gran and friend Thomas the bookseller, who takes on the role of surrogate parent to a degree  have some very wise advice. I absolutely adored Gran!

This is a tale of exploration, coming of age, learning to be true to oneself as well as others and above all else love. While it definitely has an LGBT dominance don’t let that sway your decision to read it (if it’s not your genre) because the amount of pleasure gained from reading The Rainbow Player and the thought provoking text makes it so worthwhile. It’s an ambassador for love, kindness and acceptance of our fellow humans no matter what their sexuality, race or status is.

And just to reiterate I can’t abide football (more of an NFL fan!) but that doesn’t hinder the flow of the story it is all relevant and after all it’s only a game but has a significant role.

My thanks to David, Rachel at Authoright and Whiteley Publishing for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 


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