- File Size: 497 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Forum Publishing (June 23, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0057YA0FO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Naked Emperor Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
This is an ideal book for your summer vacation when the chapters on a typical British seaside holiday will be particuarly apt!
Do check out the other works by this author. Broken Cats and Cowboy Hats is in a completely different genre, but has in common the fact it is `SUCH A BRILLIANT READ'.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published on November 12, 2013 by Tina Girtman
Rogers narration is so good, I cannot remember laughing so much at a book. His trials, tribulations and insights into the life of this family man left me in stitches, and it had a... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Susan Keefe
I enjoyed this book! It was cute and funny, especially the part about the dog pills for car sickness. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Auntie Em
The Naked Emperor is so funny it should carry a warning. The description of trying to get his dog to take a tablet had me gasping for breath and tears running down my cheeks. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by dg