The Basilwade Chronicles by Dawn Knox – Book Review

The Basilwade Chronicles by Dawn Knox – Book Review

The Basilwade Chronicles by Dawn Knox

The Basilwade Chronicles

Author – Dawn Knox
Publisher – Chapeltown
Pages – 204
Released – 12th December 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1910542491
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Rating – 4 Stars
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The Basilwade stories were originally published on the CaféLit website, where you can access short stories that go nicely with a cuppa. We even suggest a drink!

Dawn Knox’s stories contain characters and situations that may seem a little larger than life at first glance but we can soon see that everyone involved is very human. And don’t we all recognise the quirkiness of village/small-town life?

Review by Stacey

From the synopsis, The Basilwade Chronicles started life as a collection of short stories published on Cafelit Magazine’s website. These stories were then brought together to create this book.

The book does read like it is individual stories all about the people who live in the small town of Basilwade. There are many normal folks like you and me, mixed in with quite a few eccentric folks. They have normal jobs, do normal things but their lives have been given comedic value which makes this book a real giggle-fest at times.

We begin with Derek going speed dating and managing to insult all his dates, where he meets Mary who doesn’t stand for his insults but somehow by the power of a bus journey and a mother who is desperate for her to get herself a man the two hook up. Each story by the end is leading you into the next person’s life, they are linked somehow.

I particularly loved the story about a beautician wanting to join a knitting class but without her realising whilst she is trying to give the other women in the group tips on looking their best she manages to make them all feel inadequate and ugly. Even the one member she doesn’t say anything to feels that way as she feels that she obviously is too ‘past it’ that the beautician can’t even help her.

This is a pure escapism book, something to read when you require a pick-me-up, something to put a smile on your face. Dawn Knox has the imagination to turn the mundane, everyday task, jobs, people and give them all a pinch of humour but keeping them within the realms of normality. Nothing is far-fetched. These are things you could certainly imagining happening in everyday life.

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Author Info

Dawn Knox The Basilwade Chronicles

Dawn Knox lives in Essex, UK with husband, mum and son. She has been writing for several years and has had success with various horror, sci-fi, and romantic stories. Her first published children’s story was DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE.

In 2016, she published THE GREAT WAR – 100 STORIES OF 100 WORDS, HONOURING THOSE WHO LIVED AND DIED 100 YEARS AGO, her tribute to the people who endured World War One.

She has had several historical romances set not far from where she lives in Essex, called ‘WELCOME TO PLOTLANDS’, ‘A TOUCH OF THE EXOTIC’ and ‘TOUCHED BY TWO WARS’ published by Linford Romance Library. Several further stories in the ‘PLOTLAND’ series will be published by Linford Romance Library shortly, as well as the World War Two ‘HEART’ trio.

Dawn has also written two plays about the First World War, one of which has been performed in England, Germany and France and the other in England and Germany.

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8 Responses

  1. Tasha says:

    This sounds like a book that I would enjoy.

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    The Basilwade Chronicles sounds interesting. A nice escape read.

  3. I really enjoy collections like this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank Tasha, I’m glad to hear you like the look of the book and think you would enjoy it.

  5. Thanks Jo, Good to hear you like the sound of The Basilwade Chronicles.

  6. Thanks Kate, lovely to hear that you like collections like this one.

  7. T Aboutt says:

    I do like a fun read. The Basilwade Chronicles May just have to go on my reading list.

  8. Thank you for your comment. Good to hear the book may go on your reading list.