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Deben Market, a fishing port on the coast of England, a gentle, picturesque place where the sea laps at the shore and the pace of life is as rhythmic as the waves.
But it’s also a place of surprising magic and colourful characters that will surprise and delight you.
This enigmatic series of short stories will draw you in and compel you to revisit time and again to find all the connections and secrets, revelations and twists.
The Magic of Deben Market
The Magic of Deben Market
Amazon.com Review 23/03/21
Charming book of separate stories which all come together to tell a wonderfully magical tale. If Deben Marker were a real place, I’d add it to my bucket list of places to visit.
Amazon.co.uk Review 02/02/21
I loved this book. The writing is superb and the characters leap from the page. The tales of Moony Moore (in eight parts) were my favourite stories, but all the stories in this collection are brilliantly written and have a subtle link to one another. There is a great sense of place in this collection - quite a feat considering Deben Market is a fictional town on the east coast of Britain. It felt as real as any town I have actually visited. David Bowmore draws the reader into the world of Deben Market with such ease I wanted it to be a real place and to go and visit it. It's one of the few books where I've read certain chapters twice because they were so well written.
Goodreads Comment 21/01/21
I laughed, almost cried, and found lots to mull over when I'd finished this book.
Well done to the author
Amazon.com Review 04/01/21
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to Deben Market. Some of my favorite stories are The Rise and Fall of Wally Thomson, Chef, Matt in the Mirror, Time Traveler (the conclusion of both the story "The Old Ways" from Tall Tales and Short Fiction and "The Rise and Fall of Wally Thomson"). Moony Moore was the major thread through the book and it is an amazing story. Love this book.
Amazon.co.uk Review 04/11/20
You'll know the streets and people, the houses, pubs and shorefront.
You've learned people's habits, hates and desperate secrets.
You'll probably have read some of the stories at least twice.
This has been a unique opportunity for me.
What an ingenious idea so expertly assembled.
This is on my 'to be read again' shelf.
Amazon and Goodreads Review 01/11/20
Amazon Review 27/09/20
I had a good few chuckles at Moony's antics while reading these tales, he seemed quite the lad and well worth investing the time to read about this character and his journey.
Mr Bowmore, thanks for the very well thought out day trip down to Deben Market- looking forward to the next outing.
next round is on you !
Amazon Review 25/08/20
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Goodreads Review 30/06/20
Amazon/Goodreads Review 23/05/20
A wonderful collection of characters, their stories differing wildly but drawn together in Deben, a sleepy coastal town. Look forward to reading more from this author.
Facebook Review 08/05/20
Goodreads Review 06/05/20
The sharply defined characters come to life in your head - how they are formed by the vicissitudes of time and fate become a part of your person. The energy the town pulsates with, It is like Merlin himself was a part of weaving The Magic of Deben Market; exposing the wealth, and frailties of human nature.
David Bowmore leaves me wanting to read more of his work.
Goodreads Review 06/05/20
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Goodreads/Amazon Review 10/02/20
Everyone stop what you are doing and buy this book right now! It's not often that I say this, but I was up till 3 in the morning reading because I couldn't put it down. I am drawn to fully fleshed characters. David delivers this with a backhoe. Mooney Moore will now be one of my lifetime favorite people. Yes, the individuals inhabiting these pages become that real. You experience a sense of dislocation when you finish the book to find yourself in your own home and not in Deben Market. The story unfolds with vivid description, painted by a master storyteller. Not a word is out of place, everything has been carefully crafted, you can see the work that went into this book. The end result is something that sucks you in and stays with you long after you put it down.
As writers, we study other people’s work, how they write, the words they use and the way they string them together to accomplish the things they want to do. This is a writer worthy of watching. His lyrical style is unique, effortlessly evoking emotional responses from the reader. This is what we aim for. When something so beautiful comes together you want the experience to last forever. It does when it lives in your memory like this.
I can honestly say David Bowmore has become one of my favorite authors. I'm so glad to have found him. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
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Goodreads Review 03/01/20
Well done, David. I can't wait for the next one.
Amazon Review 01/01/20
Moony Moore welcomed me into the little seaside town where I met many interesting characters and their tales.
The book left me with a serene feeling, the kind one experiences after a short getaway in a beautiful place.
Bravo to David Bowmore on writing this book! I will be watching for any new releases from David.
Amazon Review 23/12/19
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Goodreads Review 24/09/19
I LOVED everything about The Magic of Deben Market. I finished it, sitting outside on the yard swing, the wind blowing just right, the river water crashing against the rough rocks, a steaming cup at my hand...this was amazing. The story is in me, sinking in deeper and deeper, the characters coming back to the center of my mind like actors in a play coming to take a bow on center stage. I'm still thinking of the right words to say—about how I feel after reading this, and thought, well, I'll start with— Brilliant—to me—in every sense of the word. Maybe it touched me so because it's so close to the kinds of stories I love, the Spoon River tales, my own imaginary Tinta Town. I'll be walking around for a long time absorbing this.
Amazon/Goodreads Review 21/11/19
Amazon Review 17/11/19
An interesting volume of stories with one of the most satisfying endings of a short story collection I've read.
I've read a few of David Bowmore's stories in the past, but he has really outdone himself with The Magic of Deben Market.
Goodreads Review 22/09/19
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Goodreads Review 20/08/19
This is a beautifully intertwined collection of shorts about various characters who have links to the quaint (and fictional) English coastal town, Deben Market.
From the obvious favourite, Moony Moore, the gruff old fisherman whose story starts and ends the book and fills chapters in between, to one of my personal favourites, Kathy/Charlotte the Time Traveller; you are captivated from the beginning and want to delve into the lives of each of these people.
My clear favourite was Clay though; those who know me will know why.
Well done, David - a GREAT first collection
Amazon Review 06/08/19
Enchanted by the Magic of Deben Market
This was one of the best books I've read this year. The Magic of Deben Market is a collection of short stories, and while each one can stand on its own, the collection as a whole is so much more. From beginning to end, it becomes a novel of interwoven stories, each connected by the enchanting setting of the town of Deben Market and its inhabitants. A character mentioned in passing in one story may later be the main character of his or her own story, and from there, play an even bigger part in the grander scheme of the entire book. Each story propelled me on to the next. I don't often go back and reread books, but this is one I can see myself revisiting to find even more nuances and connections as I watch the story unfold again. The twists and surprises along the way didn't disappoint. This was a satisfying read that I would highly recommend!