Review: The French Whale Exchange by Cal King

The French Whale ExchangeTitle: The French Exchange Whale

Author: Cal King

Pages: 176 Pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

The Blurb

It’s said that everyone has a book inside them. Cal King doesn’t have just one though; he’s bursting with ideas for everything from children’s books to (in his mind) prize-winning novels.

Unfortunately for Cal, his ideas are all a bit silly. However, refusing to be deterred by rejections from publishers and agents (or the laughter of his girlfriend) he managed to secure a meeting at a top publisher and arrived at their London offices with a head full of dreams and a folder full of concepts.

At the end of the meeting (during which the editor seemed to have the most terrible cough) it was gently suggested that Cal compile his pitches into a collection of ‘terrible book ideas’ for the joke book market. Slightly hurt by this suggestion, but driven by a desperate and all-consuming need for approval, he agreed. And here it is . . .

The Review

Sometimes you just want a bit of whimsy to get you through your day. If this sounds like you, that you are forever on the whimsical hunt then look no further just pick up The French Exchange Whale by Cal King. It is a book about books. Actually it is a book about books that you will never read for they are all the plots to the books that Cal King has never had published.

Now I don’t know what this says about me but some of the story ideas that Cal King put forward actually sounded pretty good and totally books that I would read. Sadly, all of these ideas have been kaiboshed and I don’t think we will find them on the shelves of your local bookshop anytime soon.

You should, however, request this book in your Christmas stocking. It is charming and entertaining. Definitely give it a read.

The French Exchange Whale by Cal King is available now.

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3 Stars

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