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A Warming and Uplifting Read

June 9, 2022, 9:09 a.m. A review for 'The Boy and the Briefcase and the Moose', by {{ review.reviewer }}

I feel I’ve come late to this little gem which I discovered only recently. It’s a book I sorely needed to read during the dark and gloomy lockdown days of covid. I defy anyone to read this book without a smile on their face. And me...I laughed out loud on every page – no exaggeration, I promise. Andrew’s sharp wit and screwball humour is a delight and I particularly like the way he keeps a steady grip on the reins without being side tracked onto rambling inconsequential by-ways. The story has a purpose and his wonderful eclectic protagonists relentlessly pursue their goal despite the many twists and turns of fickle fate. I’m not sure whether secondary school classes were ever as imaginative and entertaining as depicted here, but if they were then today’s comprehensive schools need to look and learn! Who wouldn’t magnify their command of the French language under the tuition of the endearingly mad Madame Oublions? As a fellow writer I envy the book’s tantalising title. Whilst the boy and the briefcase are apparent from the start, we are made to wait many chapters before the moose is revealed. And when it arrives it does not disappoint. I very much look forward to Andrew’s next book – I hope there will be one and I hope it will be soon.

Elaine Ramsay


A really enjoyable read from start to finish

Dec. 26, 2021, 5:18 p.m. A review for 'The Boy and the Briefcase and the Moose', by Ben Wu-Holmes

A mad caper that I think would be enjoyed by all ages - it's the type of book that makes you wish you could sit down with the author and hear more of their stories.

I read this just after it came out having been recommend to me by a friend and I'm very glad they did - The Boy, The Briefcase and The Moose was a really enjoyable read from start to finish and helped remind me just how fun reading can be. Too often books get so bogged down in overly complex plots, lost in the wilderness of unnecessary descriptive detail or try too hard to put across an ill founded moral teaching that they forget one of the main goals for any writer is to create something that their readers actually enjoy reading.

This books was really enjoyable to read.

The book skips along at a nice pace getting really fun once the proverbal Briefcase and Moose become involved. It reads like the classic farce and caper stories of P.G. Woodhouse but keeps central to the story the relationships between characters at that age when the answers to ridiculous questions seem like the most important things in the universe.

I didn't grow up in the period when this book was set but reading the descriptions of the school, classes and the unique personalities of the teachers makes me wish I had. That's the skill of the author - you really get a sense of what school life was like and how the characters feel about their place in the world around them - all while being enjoyably ridiculous.

A mad caper that I think would be enjoyed by all ages - it's the type of book that makes you wish you could sit down with the author and hear more of their stories.


A very funny and uplifting read

Dec. 12, 2021, 9:34 p.m. A review for 'The Boy and the Briefcase and the Moose', by Karen Goodall

Made me chuckle out loud

Secondary school in the 80's was a very similar experience to that experienced by Andy ,albeit ours was an all girls school. Reading about his and his friends exploits made me chuckle out loud. This is a very funny and uplifting read. Good luck with future writing.😁


The Book Guild Editorial Report

Sept. 11, 2021, 11:37 a.m. A review for 'The Boy and the Briefcase and the Moose', by The Book Guild Editorial Report

Below is the unedited response from The Book Guild Editorial Team to the original submission of the manuscript.

This is a fun coming-of-age story, with strong characters, realistic dialogue and a witty first-person narrative. I particularly enjoyed the rapid back-and-forths between the characters; arguments about inconsequential things like whether a ‘rugby bun’ exists add to the authenticity and youthfulness of the characters. It also makes for page-turning dialogue that will keep a reader entertained alongside the amusing and heartfelt plot that you’ve created.