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#BookReview (5 Stars) – Calling Major Tom, by @davidmbarnett @orionbooks #CallingMajorTom


CALLING MAJOR TOM is a heart-warming and ultimately life-affirming story of a man who has given up on the world… but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him.

We all know someone like Thomas.

The grumpy next-door-neighbour who complains to the Residents’ Committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don’t have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems.

But beneath his cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he’s about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world.

Calling Major Tom

My Review:

Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much. It made me laugh and cry, then laugh and cry even more.

I loved everything about this book. The characters were wonderful, and by the end of the book I loved them as if they were my own family.

Gladys made me laugh so much. She’s such a funny and quirky old lady.

“Gladys might read her book if she can find it. Or remember what it’s called. Or even what it’s about.”

This had me laughing out loud, as I know this situation all too well. Sometimes I find it hilarious that I’m even a book blogger, seeing as I can’t remember a book pretty much as soon as I’ve finished it, or even while reading it on some occasions, come to think of it. Thank goodness for my scribbles in notebooks.

I loved that Thomas was a grumpy man trying to escape the world and the people within it. His adventure reminded me of the shed my dad built for my sisters and me when we were young. I’ve always been happy in my own company and I used to go time travelling in it, using a broken radio and an old keyboard. Oh, what exciting adventures I had. Now I’m a grown-up I just have a potting shed, which is somewhat less exciting.

Experiencing the friendship develop between Thomas and Gladys and her grandchildren, James and Ellie was so incredibly endearing. I’m trying not to cry again at the thought of it. I can still feel it pulling at my heartstrings.

Calling Major Tom is a funny, sad and emotional story of love, loss, hope and determination. If this story teaches the reader anything, it is to appreciate what you have and never give up hope or trying to become a better person.

“One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow…” I’ll leave that with you, because I’ve had it going round in my head all day. I had actually forgotten it existed until reading this book.

The best advice I can give you today is to add this wonderful book to your reading wish list.

5 Stars


Where to find this book:


Amazon UK

Amazon US


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