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Monday, May 2, 2011

Deb Hockenberry Reviews Fantasy

TITLE: Ferry Tales

AUTHOR: Brendan Gisby
PUBLISHER: Black Leaf Publishing  
FORMAT: Paperback, Kindle
PAGES: 100
PRICE: Paperback: $9.34 (US), £6.29 (UK), CND$ 10.16 (CA)
Kindle: $6.99 (US), £4.99 (U.K.)
ISBN-10: 190740712X
ISBN-13: 9781907407123

Originally reviewed by Deb Hockenberry for Amazon
Brendan Gisby has done it again! In this touching memoir, we’re transported back to 1950/60’s Scotland where the author grew up and are given a glimpse of his childhood.

I highly recommend this collection of short stories for anyone who enjoys travelling back to a simpler time. Both adults and young adults will like this humorous, sometimes sad but very relatable memoir.

In this collection of short stories, we meet his family and his friends and know everybody. If we don’t know them personally, we’re close to people very much like them. We suffer the hardships he and his family (and so many other families at the time) had to endure. We go on childhood adventures with him. We work alongside Mr. Gisby and his father. We even take his Dad’s place at work at one point in the book.

While this reviewer was reading Ferry Tales, she couldn’t help but think things like: “You’d think he’s talking about my sister.” Or, “I had a friend just like that.” There were several times throughout the book when I’d think, “I used to do things like that!” What is best about this book is that you don’t have to be from Scotland to relate to these stories or the cast of characters. Ferry Tales shows you throughout the book that people are the same the world over. Like Mr. Gisby’s other books, the characters and places are painted so realistically that we can reach out and touch them.

If you would like to learn more about Mr. Gisby and his works just visit his website at: . He also has two Facebook pages! Just sign in at  and search for either Brendan Gisby, Scottish Author or Brendan Gisby.

~Reviewer Deb Hockenberry blogs at and

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Ann Summerville said...

This sounds like a lovely read.
Ann said...

I love books where I can relate personally or put myself in their shoes because I wore those shoes before. Great review. And I love short stories. Makes me feel like I accomplished a lot when I read a few in one sitting.