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From the author of Mr Chen’s Emporium comes a quirky and heartwarming tale about finding your true place in the world, set against the backdrop of a weekly trivia competition.

‘Trivia is a serious business, not a social occasion’ Kevin Dwyer, the ‘trivia man’

Dubbed ‘brainbox’ by his peers and ‘weirdo’ by his sister, Kevin Dwyer is a middle-aged forensic accountant who has never had a real friend, other than his eight-year-old nephew Patrick. When Kevin joins the Clifton Heights Sports Club trivia competition as a one-man team, and convincingly wins the first round, he is headhunted by the other contestants. But Kevin would prefer to be on his own. That is, until he meets Maggie Taylor . . .

Maggie is a Latin teacher and movie buff, who’s good at her job but unlucky in love. In fact, she’s still besotted with the man who dumped her years ago. Nagged by her friend Carole about getting out and meeting people, Maggie reluctantly joins the trivia team founded by Carole’s husband, Edward.

Over a season of trivia nights, Kevin, Maggie and her team will experience arguments and crises, friendships and romances, heartbreaks and new beginnings. And maybe, just maybe, Kevin will find his happy ever after . .


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Duffy’s Review

The Trivia Man

This book is one, quirky, fast and funny read. The chapters are short and sharp without any filler in-between to distract from the stories of the main characters. Trivia underpins the whole story, as a regular trivia team group,who seem happy and normal on the outside (apart from Kevin), have their own struggles and anxieties behind closed doors. Autism and Aspergers are eluded to throughout the book in different ways and in the way Kevin behaves, but it is never spelt out and the reader is left to make up their own mind whether Kevin is in that spectrum, or just a little odd. Aren’t we all a little weird and awkward at times?

Kevin and his nephew Patrick have a magical connection and relationship, one which is rarely explored in books and really turns this lighthearted tale into something with real heart and soul. The dialogue between the characters is fun, fast and at times, quite poignant. I hope this book gets picked up by a good screenwriter, I could easily see this being a four part series such as The Mooney’s on the ABC or BBC.

An offbeat tale, with short, easy to read chapters make this a perfect read for the daily commute or a long weekend.

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Deborah O'Brien
Deborah O’Brien

Meet Deborah on the book tour here

Next stop on the tour is Terry R Barca Author on the 11th June!