Pebble Champion

Written by on February 24, 2024

A book review from Geoff Carter the presenter of the flagship breakfast show from UK Talk Radio 🌈 “The Pebble Champion”: A Riveting Journey of Love, Loss, and Self-Discovery! By Alan David Pritchard 🌟

Fiction The Pebble Champion

🏆 A Must-Read LGBTQ+ Fiction Masterpiece

In the literary landscape of 2021, a novel emerged that not only captured the hearts of readers but also garnered critical acclaim across prestigious platforms. “The Pebble Champion” by Alan David Pritchard is not just a book; it’s a beacon of hope and resilience, shining brightly in the realms of LGBTQ+ fiction. Featured in the UK Talk Radio Best Books 2024 and lauded with awards and nominations, this novel has etched its mark as a narrative powerhouse.

💔 A Tale That Echoes in the Depths of the Soul

At the heart of “The Pebble Champion” lies the turbulent life of Christopher Elliot, a gay teen navigating the stormy seas of grief and betrayal. With the sudden death of his mother and the loss of his best friend, Christopher’s world is irrevocably altered, thrusting him into a whirlwind of change and uncertainty. Pritchard masterfully captures the essence of Christopher’s turmoil, rendering his journey with such honesty and depth that readers can’t help but feel a part of his struggle.

Relocated to the Isle of Wight, Christopher finds himself in the care of a father he barely knows. It’s here, on the shores of Shanklin beach, that he discovers a semblance of peace in the simple, rhythmic act of skipping pebbles. This quaint pastime evolves into a metaphor for Christopher’s resilience, each stone skipped across the water symbolizing his defiance against the waves of despair.

🌟 A Symphony of Emotions

Alan David Pritchard’s narrative is a beautifully written exploration into self-awareness, as praised by Rebecca Warner, an award-winning author. The novel transcends the traditional confines of LGBTQ+ fiction, offering readers a compelling look into the heart of a young man wrestling with profound loss. “The Pebble Champion” stands as a testament to the power of love and the unyielding strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

This novel is more than just a story; it’s an experience—a journey alongside a character whose life’s upheavals and triumphs resonate with us all. It’s a reminder that in our most challenging moments, there lies the potential for immense growth and self-discovery.

“The Pebble Champion” is not only a celebration of LGBTQ+ identities but also a universal tale of overcoming darkness with light. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking a story that offers both a mirror to our innermost struggles and a window to the beauty that lies beyond them. As we follow Christopher’s journey to becoming “The Pebble Champion,” we’re reminded of the indomitable spirit within us all, capable of transcending the most insurmountable obstacles.

In a world eager for stories that both reflect and uplift, “The Pebble Champion” stands out as a beacon of hope, resilience, and the enduring power of the human spirit.


Author web site Alan David Pritchard

The Pebble Champion on Amazon

The Pebble Champion: A Novel Paperback –  by Alan David Pritchard

WINNER: Best Book, Miracle Makers International Film and Writers’ Festival, 2021
FINALIST: IAN Book of the Year, Outstanding LGBTQ Category, 2021
FINALIST: Page Turner Best Book Awards, 2021

“Beautifully written exploration into self-awareness!”
Rebecca Warner, award-winning author

“My whole life is changing, and there is nothing I can do to stop it.”

For Christopher Elliot, life—as he knows it—has ended. His mother is dead, taken from him in a tragic car accident, and he’s lost his best friend, gone in a moment of betrayal. Now, he’s forced to move to the Isle of Wight to live with the father he hasn’t seen in a decade. Everything in his life, including his thoughts and dreams, is suddenly out of his control.

His only solace is the simple act of skipping pebbles across the waters of Shanklin beach where he competes to become “The Pebble Champion,” skimming stones farther than anyone else.

This beautifully written, deeply emotional novel skilfully transports readers into the imagination of a gay teen desperately trying to deal with the death of a parent – providing a powerful and poignant look at what it takes to overcome profound loss.

Captivating and uplifting, “The Pebble Champion” is one of those human stories that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

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