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The Naked Emperor [Kindle Edition]

Roger Knowles
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Book Description

Tired of aggressive, ungrateful customers, hapless motor-cycle repair shop owner, Simon Jones, decides that enough is enough. Encouraged by a newfound ‘gift’, he decides that it’s time to seek a new and better life.

His savvy wife, Hazel, isn’t impressed by his ‘gift’, but agrees that a week’s holiday in Cornwall with the kids, Becky and Ben, and their delinquent golden retriever, Orpheus, would be a good idea, a chance to consider their future.

During the holiday, an incident in a gift shop sparks an entrepreneurial idea, and they return home full of plans to set up a new business.

Initially, the business goes very well but an unanticipated disaster strikes, leading to near bankruptcy.

Desperate for money, Simon has a short spell working in a factory warehouse followed by a longer one as an unsuccessful insurance salesman.

One day he returns home from work, broke and full of despair, to be met by someone from the past, someone who, with the help of the naked emperor syndrome, eventually leads Simon and Hazel to a new life of fame and fortune.

Product Details

  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forum Publishing (June 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057YA0FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect holiday read June 27, 2011
By mermaid
Format:Kindle Edition
In a complete departure from the subject of his last dark-themed book, Broken Cats and Cowboy Hats, Roger Knowles' new book The Naked Emperor, I found to be more of a relaxing read. In fact, it would make the perfect book to take on holiday with you, as the first part is set in that lovely holiday destination of Cornwall, and it won't stress you, but will amuse you.

I was quite puzzled by the title, and it doesn't figure until near the end, but it all comes together in a very satisfactory and heart-warming way. En route there are some lovely humorous scenes .... I will admit that I am a hard person to amuse, but my favourite was the scene with David of Reliant selling insurance to an unsuspecting client. There are also some lovely scenes with Orph the recalcitrant dog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Will I Stop Giggling? July 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh no...

Picture this: On a packed bus, standing room only, lots of grumpy, damp people and the girl in the corner at the back erupts into laughter, which is then followed by random outbursts of giggles that she just can't seem to contain. Is she insane? Has she finally lost the plot?

Well, the answer is no. It was me and I was reading The Naked Emperor.

I have to say though, this wasn't the last outburst of this nature, there have been three more as I made my way through the prose.

Very cleverly written, I found myself longing for Simon to come good in the end, for a glimpse of good luck for him, Haze, Orph and the kids. And I was rewarded.

I'm so glad I chose The Naked Emperor for my commute reading material this week, it has really lightened my mood and made me forget about the bleak Scottish weather.

I found myself giggling again when trying to explain the above scenario to my husband (I'm sure he thinks I've finally flipped and need to be carted off) and couldn't finish my sentence. I've told him that he needs to read it himself to understand.

Well done Roger Knowles, yet again, you haven't disappointed!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was okay January 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story has its moments for laughter but it's not a funny read. Would not recommend to a friend if asked about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humble humor November 12, 2013
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Fun read. Each adventure kept the pace quick and easy. I lol a couple of times. I did not appreciate the dog but I am sure others would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed "til i cried... June 29, 2012
By Cuechip
Format:Kindle Edition
Having just read a very serious book i was looking for something light hearted and fun...Well i got it in spades with The Naked Emperor.

A man who wants a better life style for himself and his young family sets out to become a poet. None of his chosen publishers can see the talent in his work. Determined to sell his motor bike repair business and start afresh he takes on several projects that are doomed to failure. Just when he is at his lowest ebb and the bank are looking for the overdaraft to be paid off his luck changes and at last his poems are published.......

The story is so funny it has you laughing out loud. The antics of the family dog and the dry wit of his young daughter keep the pace moving forward.

A very enjoyable read. i found myself reading long sections of it to my husband so that he could share the reason for my riotous laughter!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun read June 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Lots of laughs in this tale of a would-be poet who embarks on one disastrous commercial venture after another, a master at snatching failure from the jaws of success. However his faithful wife Haze is always there to pick him up, dust him down, get behind him and fiddle with his pyjama cord.

I loved his experience in "financial services". Having inside knowledge of the industry, it all rings horribly true. I recognise David Matthews of Reliant FPD. :)

A light-hearted and entertaining read.
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Born in 1946, I like to think in terms of being a baby boomer, which I feel sounds so much better than "old age pensioner". Until around age fifty seven, I led a charmed life - fantastic wife, two kids who never gave me a moment's trouble, good general health, and apart from just one blip, which is fictionalised in "The Naked Emperor" I had a good and lucrative working life.

Then at around age fifty seven, I got ill. It came on quite slowly, and it took the NHS around two years to come up with a diagnosis of CFS/ME, for which they offered no constructive help. Four years on, I'd found ways to achieve dramatic health improvements and began to take an interest in life again.

Early in 2011, I re-read a novel that I'd had published in 2000, and which had done quite well, thanks to a very good press review. During this re-reading, it struck me that many of its aspects could be improved, so I decided to re-write it. While doing this, I had an idea based on the facts that I had a few other ideas for novels, and that it's now possible to publish at low cost on Amazon's Kindle platform.

''Broken Cats & Cowboy Hats''

This is the one an earlier version of which was published conventionally in 2000. It's a dark crime/thriller, which I hope conveys what I wanted to say. Judging by the comments on Amazon, it looks as though it might have done.

''The Naked Emperor''

I enjoyed writing this - totally fictional, but based on various stages of my own life. It's light and, I hope, funny.

''To Be A Man''

Romance tends to be very genre specific and must follow a particular pattern. That's what I was told but didn't want to accept. So this book breaks all the rules, but I think it works.

''The Association''

I wanted to write a traditional adventure story. This is the end result.

''Day Of Reckoning''

I wrote an earlier version of this around twenty years ago. It was dreadful. Now completely re-written as a prequel to 'The Naked Emperor', it's an hour by hour account of the day in which the hapless hero, Simon, decides that owning a motorcycle business has lost its appeal.

"The Cupboard Under The Stairs"

This is an extremely dark story, suitable only for those over eighteen with strong stomachs.

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