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The Rainbow Player by David Kerby-Kendall Blog Tour & Review



The Rainbow Player

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.






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I’m going to try to not say too much with this review because I really don’t want to give too much away. This is a long story as we follow Sam’s journey from a young 15 year old boy to the man he is today.  The title is perfect for the rainbow of people that come in and out of Sam’s life.


It’s been a while since I read a story in 1st POV, normally I prefer 3rd but in Sam’s case it was perfect. I loved being in his head.  I have to admit at times this book was hard for me to read due to the level of physical and emotional abuse and the neglect Sam suffered at the hands of his parents. It truly was heartbreaking and gutted me.


I enjoyed watching Sam grow and walk through the many hurdles life threw at him.  The author shows us a real accounting of how a young man can be confused about who and what he really is.  I wanted to hug Sam so many times but each new phase in his life he became stronger and wiser.


I’m not a soccer fan but I loved following the journey Sam took to become the best in the game.  The author did a great job in depicting Sam’s dilemma the struggles of coming out to not only the world, but also to his family.  As I said Sam grew a lot over this story and he was faced with a decision that would set the pace of the rest of his life.


I enjoyed the Rainbow Player even though at times I felt like the the story dragged a little, but when I got to a certain point in this book, the journey made perfect sense.  I really felt as if I experienced all of Sam’s high and lows in life and was happy I stuck with this story.





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.


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