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I am delighted to be on the blog tour for The Rainbow Player by David Kerby-Kendall.


Genre: Contemporary fiction, LGBTQ+ fiction, romantic fiction, coming-of-age

Stars: 5

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US


The Blurb:

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.


My Review:

Part finding-oneself drama, part romance, part life, with dashings of sport, this is a wonderful book about loyalty, love, and acceptance.

Sammy Hutchington, England footballer, finds himself facing a dilemma that could rip apart everything he has ever worked to achieve, with a wonderful host of characters to see him through … or drag him down.

With wit and emotion permeating every page, this was a wonderful read. The plot was strong, the writing hilarious and poignant in equal measure, and the characterisation dripping in realism. This is a book about acceptance, finding yourself, and being true to your values. It is funny, it is sad, and it is wonderful. Highly, highly recommended!

The Rainbow Player Cover

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.

You can connect with David Kerby-Kendall through his website and Twitter.