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Heroes are not born. They're made.

Malcolm Wilson's strength was forged during harsh childhood days--ugly days when he faced down schoolyard bullies and endured the neglect of a promiscuous mother. It is a strength that he has wielded to defend himself and his friends.

Yet those years and traumas have taken their toll. Somewhere along the way, Malcolm Wilson lost his love of
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Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by Martin Crosbie
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Heather
I don’t write book reviews that recap the story. The book description serves that purpose. I rather prefer to share my reaction to the book and how it grabbed or didn’t grab me. This one was a grabber. It’s been a long time since a book has touched me as deeply as MY TEMPORARY LIFE did. The irony was that I chose to read this particular book in order to be in a literary world far removed from the reality of daily life. Surely a storyline about a young lad growing up in Scotland would be about as ...more
Susan Anderson
A Coming of Age Novel with a Mesmerizing Story

Martin Crosbie’s book, My Temporary Life, is a sensitive, coming of age novel with a storyline that held me captive. The novel is filled with emotion—humor, joy, heartache, grief. It deals with the loneliness of children who have lost and the agony of their adjustment. It deals with the lives of adults who have been abused as children.

It is the story of Malcolm, an adolescent who lived in Scotland with his parents until his mother returned to her roo
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Scott Bury
This was so good.

The traditional publishing model is broken indeed if a string of publishers rejected Martin Crosbie’s excellent first novel. I can’t imagine what made them turn it down. The plot is engaging from the beginning, filled with grabbers like high-school bullying and drunkenness and a strong statement about child abuse.

It’s traditional publishers’ loss, and Crosbie’s gain. He published the book himself and took it to number one on Amazon’s paid list for a whole day last spring.

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Dianne Greenlay
I had heard so much about this novel, that my curiosity was really peaked. I have very little time to read for pleasure, so one evening, I decided to treat myself to some uninterrupted reading time. And what a treat this story is!

Essentially, it chronicles the main character,Malcolm's life in two parts. The first part of the story involves young Malcolm as a young teenager, as he copes with school bullies, poverty, and his parents' break-up. Told in heart-wrenching detail, it was hard to believ
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Natalie
*Synopsis*

Heroes are not born. They're made.

Malcolm Stewart's strength was forged during harsh childhood days~ugly days when he faced down schoolyard bullies and endured the neglect of a promiscuous mother. It is a strength that he ha
s wielded to defend himself and his friends.

Yet those years and traumas have taken their toll. Somewhere along the way, Malcolm Stewart lost his love of life.

That changes the day when beautiful, tempestuous Heather enters his world. He feels the stirrings of somethi
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U Donovan

An explosive first novel that entertains on every page. It has everything, simply everything –a coming of age, a romance, and a thriller rolled into one delightful read.
From the first sentence we’re drawn into the harsh Scotland schoolboy world of Malcolm and Hardly. Malcolm’s summers in Canada with his mother offer little comfort. He survives by running; running through the streets, running between Scotland and Canada, running from himself and his past. Flash ahead 20 years. In Canada, Malcolm
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Alexa
This book was both a good read AND an example of a self-pub that could have used the help of an experienced editor. It's not the typos that are the problem (though there are some hefty comma issues in the second half). It's the narrative structure, which is jarring and leaves the reader feeling as though there are two very different books packaged together.

Despite that, I recommend it.

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Irene
Wow, what an enjoyable read !!! Once I started reading I couldn't put it down anymore and finished it in three days. I got sucked into the story right from the beginning. What I love about the book is its tone and the atmosphere it creates. The book is divided into two parts, the first describing Malcolm's teenage years in Scotland with visits to Canada and the second describing his adult life which is set in Canada. The main character, the adolescent as well as the adult, is an incredibly likea ...more
Linda
I really enjoyed this book and it is well written though the editing is not as good as it could be. It is a book in two halves. The first being Malcolm's teenage years in Scotland with holidays in Canada and the second, part of his adult life which is set in Canada. I enjoyed the first half more than the second and would love to have had more details about this part of his life. I didn't find the second half quite as enjoyable and it seemed a bit rushed but the way the two parts are put together ...more
Patti
Wow! Absolutely one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I started reading and could not stop. Malcolm is one amazing character. He reached into my heart and touched my soul. What an amazing journey. I have to say that I have not read a book that took me on such an emotional ride in many years. I just finished the book a few minutes ago and I am still reeling. I am typically a romance/fantasy reader but this is definately going on my favorite books list. Martin Crosbie will be on m ...more
Carshena
I absolutely loved this book. I purchased it about 7 months ago but just got around to reading it. I thought it was touching, moving, thought provoking, over the top and even predictable, at points. But all of those things are a part of life and just made for a better read. I was a little taken aback when we jumped almost 20 years in the future, but I thought it worked. I was soon completely involved in adult Malcolm's life. I can't wait to read about Hardley in the next book in the series! I lo ...more
Debbie "DJ" Wilson


I loved this book. The characters drew me in right away. The story weaves through the lives of two boys, bullied at school because of separate tragedies in their lives. This alone is enough to keep one involved in the story, but about half way through we are thrown into a fast paced thriller. The main character has fallen in love with a women with many secrets. The plot thickens as she tells her story of loss. What unfolds is a desperate search for a lost child. And in the end, the author carri
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Jane
I though this was an amazing book and I was enthralled from the beginning. The first third of the book covers Malcolm's childhood during the 1970's in Scotland. Brought back to me all the horrors of attending school in those bad old days. Malcolm's mother and father are no longer together and mum now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Malcolm spends most of his time with dad but goes to mum in the summer holidays. Dad is lovely and although somewhat distant it is clear that he loves Malcolm and tries t ...more
Teena Stewart
A sensitive coming of age story of Malcom Wilson who is shuttled between divorced parents. He lives part of his time in Canada with his promiscuous mother and the other half in Scotland with his hard working, tough father.

Along the way Wilson learns how to survive and make the best of his situation no matter how hard and also what it means to experience kindness from strangers and the importance of standing up for and caring for those who are mistreated.

As an adult finally choosing to make his
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Nicole Storey
I loved the way this book began. The descriptions of Malcolm's childhood, family life, and friends almost made me feel as if I was there. There's just something about family relationships, hard times, and a banding together of father and son that pull the heartstrings. I was even more pleased when the author brought more loving people into Malcolm;s life with his "second family" in Canada. Yes, I boo-hoo'd when Malcolm went to live with them to go to school but my heart was full to bursting with ...more
Lorraine Wilke
A DEEPLY FELT STORY BEAUTIFULLY TOLD.

I started this book and was really enjoying it when my Kindle broke. On top of that unfortunate interruption, life intervened with work and other distractions and, before long, so much time had elapsed that by the time I got a new Kindle and revved it back up again, I wondered if I would be easily re-engaged. I was. In fact, the set-up, the characters, the tactile sense and feel of the book is so rich and well-defined that I simply picked up where I left off.
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Kelly
I'm not sure when or how I acquired this book on my Kindle, but I am glad I did. This book hit on all cylinders for me: sympathetic characters, interesting and unpredictable plot, and lots of raw emotion.

This book follows Malcolm from his childhood in Kilmarnock, Scotland to his adulthood in Alberta, Canada. The way Crosbie views life through this child's eyes was incredibly insightful and emotionally jarring, particularly if you're part of a broken family like Malcolm was. While I thought the c
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Sharon Tzur
Reading this book was like reading two different books of two different genres. The first half (a bit less than half) is a kind of coming of age novel, which I really enjoyed. I felt that the characters were very engaging and it really captured something authentic about young boys. I also liked the writing style. I would give that half 5 points.

But at some point, the book suddenly jumped ahead almost 20 years, and changed genre, turning into a sort of good guys take on bad guys genre. Things de
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Mary Hosmar
Two tales, One life

Malcolm Wilson has a rough life in Kilmarnok, Scotland: a mother in Vancouver whom he sees only in the summer, a father who doesn’t seem to care anymore, school bullies and cruel school masters. The only person who stands by him is his alcoholic friend, Hardly. But Hardly has his own problems.
The story, told in the first person, present tense, is an intriguing one. The incidents recounted from Malcolm’s youth are very believable. Crosbie’s story-telling makes those incidents
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Jay Allan Storey
'My Temporary Life' starts out as the story of a boy growing up partly in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and partly in Vancouver, Canada. It then moves to a horrific incident in the boy’s life as a grown man. What I liked best about the book is Crosbie's depiction of the emotional responses between people, particularly the young boy and his father. He brilliantly conveys the love of the withdrawn and sometimes morose father for his son, using small observations, and resisting the temptation to become sac ...more
Cathy Speight
When I start a book, there's never any question that I won’t finish it. It’s just my ‘thing’: I finish what I start. This book is in two parts, the first following Malcolm Wilson’s life as an adolescent, while the second follows his adult life. I’ll be honest: the first half didn’t suck me in. But the second half had me glued to the pages. And that’s one of the reasons I always stick with a book. This turned out to be a very rewarding read.

The story starts with Malcolm, just turned into a teenag
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Stephanie Binding
I had met Martin through a Skype meeting while I was attending my first writing group session in the town I currently reside in, which is located in Alberta, Canada. He was very friendly, funny, and informative. He gave us all a lot of hope for our own work. When our writing group leader slapped down a copy of his novel, 'My Temporary Life', and I read the back cover, I knew it was going to be something I enjoyed.

I borrowed it from the library, took it home, and instantly opened it up to start r
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Jaoni
I am kinda left on the fence about this one- it was heartbreaking yet triumphant at the same time, a bit brutal (but not as bad as it could have been) and just... unsettling. The point of the story was great. As far as writing, the story dragged a bit in some places, and then flew by too fast in others. Overall, I'm glad I read it, but wouldn't read it again.
Sara
Ok, first off, I know the author -- in a way, via FB. But if you know me, you know that doesn't mean I'm going to automatically give this book a great review.

Anyway, I was a bit perplexed when I noticed it was listed as a "Romantic Suspense" novel. Yes, I can see that, but I wouldn't have labeled Mr. Crosbie's novel as such. To me it was literary fiction, and I mean that in a really good way. Yes, there was a romance, and yes there was suspense, but for me the story was a coming of age story, a
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Kristy
Great book.......a little slow getting going, but then it takes right off
Anastasia
Good page turner well written I enjoyed it
Liz
For being both a first story and a self-published work, this book is still a shining example of what's right in written works today. I loved the tight storyline and the fact that the characters were believable and flawed. It's not a perfect book, but in the hot-mess that can be the world of self publishing, this book is an example of writing and self-pub done right. I'm glad I read it, which is not a sentiment I usually have upon finishing a self-pub book. This will keep me trying self-pubs desp ...more
Samantha
Good story....enjoyed it!
Roxanne
I really think this book was 2 1/2 stars but gave it three. This a self published novel from the author. There were some things about it that I liked and some I didn't like.

The things I liked:
The author has a unique voice in telling the story. I'm always interested to learn about other countries so the descriptive language used to transform the environment and aura of each place was a bonus. The story flowed well enough until there was a sudden jump in time. I believe the author has potential.

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Karen Magill
Every once in a while I come across a book that makes me stop, think and thank the powers that be for great writers. That is how I felt when I read My Temporary Life by Martin Crosbie.

This story starts when Malcolm is thirteen years old and living in Scotland. Malcolm's parents are divorced and while his Scots father lives in his homeland Malcolm's mother resides in her native Canada. Malcolm is a young man torn not only between two parents but also between two continents. The character of Malco
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In a press release, Amazon called Martin Crosbie one of their success stories of 2012. His self-publishing journey has been chronicled in Publisher's Weekly, Forbes Online, and Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper. Martin's debut novel, MY TEMPORARY LIFE, has been downloaded over one hundred and fifty thousand times and became an Amazon top ten overall bestseller.
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