Saturday, 11 January 2020

Monkey Arkwright by Rob Campbell

Monkey Arkwright by Rob Campbell
Published in the UK on the 20th December 2019.

Budding writer Lorna Bryson is struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her father when she meets Monkey Arkwright, the boy who loves to climb. The two strike up an immediate rapport, and Monkey challenges her to write about him, claiming that he can show her things that are worth writing about.

True to his word, Lorna is catapulted into Monkey’s world of climbing and other adventures in the churches, woodlands and abandoned places in and around their home town of Culverton Beck.

When the two teenagers find an ancient coin in the woods, claims from potential owners soon flood in, including the mysterious Charles Gooch, who is adamant that the coin is his. But this is only the opening act in a much larger mystery that has its roots in some dark deeds that took place more than a century earlier.

Combining their talents, Lorna and Monkey set about fitting the pieces together in a tale of budding friendship, train-obsessed simpletons, the shadow of Napoleon and falling pianos.

Meet the author   

Rob Campbell was born in the blue half of Manchester.
He studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Manchester Polytechnic, gaining an honours degree, but the fact that he got a U in his Chemistry O-Level helps to keep him grounded.
Having had a belly full of capacitors and banana plugs, on graduation he transferred his skills to software engineering. He still writes code by day, but now he writes novels by night. Listing his pastimes in no particular order, he loves music, reading and holidays, but he is partial to the words and music of Bruce Springsteen.
His favourite authors are David Morrell, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
He lives in Manchester with his wife and two daughters.

Author links: 
Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Website

Etsy Find!

by Finch Climbing in
Edinburgh, Scotland

Click pic to visit Etsy Shop

Search Literary Flits for more:
Books by Rob Campbell / Coming of age fiction / Books from England


  1. It's funny but for all that I have been all over Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire, even into Durham and Newcastle, I've never yet been to Manchester!

    1. We've only briefly visited once and that was a few years ago now to see The Car Man ballet by Matthew Bourne - which was incredible! Hardly saw any of Manchester tho