Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blog Tour 'The Rainbow Player' by David Kerby- Kendall

Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Rainbow Player’ by David Kerby- Kendall. ‘The Rainbow Player’ is a LGBT novel and shines a spotlight on the issues surrounding homosexuality in professional sport. 
Check out this post for my review and for and excerpt!

About the Book:

England footballer, Sammy Hatchington, has never considered sexuality before. As a teenager, Sammy broke the mould of his youthful peers with his desire to open the door to life’s endless possibilities. He escaped a deprived estate and, with the help of Old Thomas, his surrogate father, Davey, his soul-mate, and Gran, the connoisseur of footballer’s bottoms, launched himself on a path toward his personal and professional goals. Now, several years later, he must make a decision that could destroy everything he has fought for, and create a furious media frenzy………

David Kerby-Kendall’s joyous and witty novel challenges preconceptions about professional sportsmen and love, and is also a delightful and moving story of a young man’s journey to self-knowledge.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 20th, 2017
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

The thing that grabbed my attention first about ‘The Rainbow Player’ was definitely the cover. I love this cover! It’s just really colorful and grabs your attention. And when I read that ‘The Rainbow Player’ is partly about the issues surrounding homosexuality in professional sport I was even more interested in reading this book. I haven’t read any LGBT books before, not because I have something against it, just because I never came across a book like this and ‘The Rainbow Player’ seemed like a great book to start.

Football is a big sport here in the Netherlands. It’s something I grew up with watching. So reading a book about a guy who becomes a famous England Footballer was definitely interesting to me. And ‘The Rainbow Player’ was definitely a nice book to read. The writing is easy to follow, and the main character Sammy Hatchington has something about him that made me want to keep on reading. Although this book is about a footballer, it’s definitely not a ‘sports’ book. If you don’t like sports, this can definitely still be a nice book for you.

Sammy’s character was one that I enjoyed reading about. Sammy was kind, enjoyed reading and playing football, and he lived with his parents who were terrible to him. Everything seemed to work out perfectly for him. Sammy had a lovely best friend called Davey that supported him through everything. And there were more friends Sammy could count on. 

I definitely enjoyed reading ‘The Rainbow Player’. Reading about how Sammy discovered his homosexuality was different, but interesting and reading about how the football world reacted to his homosexuality was definitely mind-blowing. Although this book is fiction, I can easily imagine people being so simpleminded that they would really react like that, especially in the football world. Disgusting, and it definitely makes you think.

The one part that I didn’t really like about this read, was that it was a little slow at moments. There was more than one moment that I wished this book would go faster. Reading about Sammy’s different relationships, was interesting, but could have been a lot shorter if you ask me. If it wasn’t for Sammy’s character, and my determination to find out what happened I wouldn’t have been able to read all of this book.

But in the end I definitely think ‘The Rainbow Player’ was a nice read that definitely makes you think about the world we live in. 

My Rating:


Sammy and Davey are in a fairground. Davey has asked him to spend the rest of their lives together. Sammy now has to make a decision to admit totally to his love for Davey, and to being gay.

“Would you like an ice-cream?” he says.

Suddenly the world has stopped; all movement frozen in time. And I know what the ice cream signifies. I know that I have to make the decision now.

The moment runs through me like an electric shock and a thousand maybe’s spark another thousand what if’s.

Because I know that if I accept the ice cream, I accept Davey. That I admit this total love. Not just the spiritual, unbreakable, wordless love that has always existed between us, but a sexual love as well. And I know that this will mean an admittance of a sexuality, until recently, unknown to me. That Alex was not just a dalliance, but a precursor to the real thing. Until a year ago I’d never positively wanted to have sex with another man (though, if someone had asked me, who knows what I would have said?). But this would mean changing me. Or would it? Maybe it would just mean using a piece of me I’d never used before; not turning to the last page. I know that I love Davey ultimately because, how do we know what degree of love we feel unless we have something to compare it to. And the thought of lying in bed with him, throwing toast at him, texting him my daily thoughts when we weren’t together, lying in his arms when we were, letting this absolute love flood over me as mine flooded over him, is making me faint, making me happy, making me almost strong enough to leave the fear behind.
And if I don’t accept it? What then? I continue to live, to move forward. I find happiness somewhere else, with someone else. I keep Davey as my friend, he said that; but in a different capacity; because we have come all this way only to go back a step. But I could have a girlfriend, a wife, children, happy convention. And I would be happy. I would make it happen.

But would I be happiest?

In fifty years’ time, sitting in my old chair, watching some ravaged autumn evening turn into night, reliving the smiles and falls of my footballing youth, would Davey appear to me in some wind-blown dream, standing tall and beautiful, like the perfect statue of what could have been.

About the Author:

Originally from Leicester, David Kerby-Kendall now lives in Muswell Hill, North London. He is an actor who began writing in 2007. From the success of his first play, Save Your Kisses For Me, he became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions, writing and adapting plays for national tours, including three David Walliam’s novels (Mr Stink, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy) as well as several other novels: Pride And Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan and Dracula. His second play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has two new plays in the pipeline: 20:40 which deals with depression and Gay Pride And No Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.

For more information about David Kerby-Kendall please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter.

I received this book from Authoright in exchange for my honest review.


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