Certified by Roger Wilson-Crane Book Review


One Unexpected Birth… One Hapless Wedding… One Bizarre Death


Roger Wilson Crane

Three tales, following one man through birth, marriage, and death. Inspired by real life events, this humorous fictional memoir takes you on a journey of joy, loss, and heartache, through life’s three certificates.

It is, ultimately, a love story.

One Unexpected Birth: The long road to fatherhood. Missed opportunities, poor choices, a car ride with Bet Lynch, and finally the shock of becoming a dad. A story of heartache, elation, and Peter Beardsley.

One Hapless Wedding: The pressures of matrimony. Inept friends, false promises, an encounter with armed police, and finally the relief of “I do.” A story of love, commitment, and a stranger, Wally, and his camper van.

One Bizarre Death: The sadness of loss. Confused emotions, life re-evaluation, £25k in ceased bank notes, and finally saying goodbye. A story of regret, family reflection, and Morrisons, the supermarket.

A book to stir the memories in us all.

The realisation we have all been certified.


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My Thoughts

This is a really enjoyable debut novel which portrays all the highs and lows of human life. Roger Wilson-Crane originates from Yorkshire and it really shows in his humour, honesty and style of writing. The book details birth, death and weddings but also past relationships and strong family connections. Some of the content is fictional but all stories are told with the author’s engaging style and witty perspective.

A book about life has to cover some sad and troubling events but this is done with sensitivity and emotions are sparked by some of the nostalgic recollections.

The anecdotes come thick and fast with a heartwarming poignancy and peppered throughout with laugh out loud moments. I enjoyed reading that the author is such a dog lover he resorted to kidnapping a dog (thankfully his own!).

Many thanks to the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.


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