What a treat - an estimable debut novel read by multi-award winning narrator SimonVance! His voice is, as always, resonant, compelling, and he clearly distinguishes each character much to the delight of listeners. Vance must have enjoyed reading MR. TOPPIT as we certainly enjoyed his narration of this funny, touching and totally original story.
Arthur Hayman is an obscure screen writer who meets an untimely end when he’s run over by a concrete truck. In addition to his screen work which has received scant notice, he has penned a series of children’s books. Now sadly unbeknownst to him that series has enjoyed enormous success, while at the same time becoming a burden to his offspring.
Son Luke has been depicted as Luke Hayseed in his father’s books and is portrayed by a child actor in a top-of-the-charts television series. Thus, Luke is made the butt of many jokes, and is miserable about all of this. Sister Rachel is also unhappy - not because of any notoriety her father’s work has brought to her but just the opposite - she was never mentioned in his books.
Now, add to the Hayman family’s distress the greed of the publishing and film worlds, embodied by one Laurie Clow who has made a global success of “The Hayseed Chronicles.” That’s grist for some excellent satire plus a reminder that all that glitters isn’t gold.