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Kevin Ansbro

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in Kamunting, Malaysia
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I was born of Irish parents, and have lived in Malaysia and Germany.
My formal education was at Hamond's Grammar School in Swaffham, and at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology (Stephen Fry being a much more famous former student).
I write in the magical realism genre, meshing otherworldliness into the harshness of our real world. I also like to handcuff humour and tragedy to the same radiator.
Perhaps incongruously for an author, I have a background in karate and kickboxing and travel extensively - particularly in the Far East.
I'm married (to Julie) and currently live in Norwich, England.
Stuff about me: I'm a foodie and an avid reader who values good manners, love and friendship above all else. I am constantly putting my foot in it, am
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"That was far easier than I thought it would be," chirped Millie Brady on the morning of her tenth birthday as she held her step-father's hand and wa…more
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"That was far easier than I thought it would be," chirped Millie Brady on the morning of her tenth birthday as she held her step-father's hand and waited for Mother to return home from the supermarket.
The scream that escaped Agnes Brady's throat didn't come immediately: the first thing she noticed was the rare smile on her daughter's face; then she saw the axe, a bloodied party dress and, lastly, the wedding ring on her husband's severed hand.

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Kevin Ansbro I'm a frequent visitor to Thailand. I adore the country, and I love its wonderful people.
Whenever I'm ferried into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in a…more
I'm a frequent visitor to Thailand. I adore the country, and I love its wonderful people.
Whenever I'm ferried into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in a taxi, I always marvel at the bronze statues of mythical creatures that line the route into the terminal. These statues depict the half-bird, half-human Kinnaree, much-loved in Thai folklore.
And it was there that the nucleus of an idea began. By the time I'd paid the cab fare I was already planning a storyline that could involve these celestial beings.
The male of the Kinnaree are known as the Kinnara, hence the title of my groovy novel, which is essentially a teeth-rattling thriller wrapped in a burrito of magical realism.(less)
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💚Dearest Bookaneers!💚

Boring as it may sound, I shan't be reading for a while, as I have begun the resolute process of writing my next novel.
So please talk among yourselves, read until your eyes resemble poached eggs, gaze into your own navels and try to avoid fistfights! : )

Big love,
Kevin x

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message 19: by tamar

tamar Hey there Kevin, I hope you are having a feverish and productive burst of writing!


message 18: by Kevin

Kevin Ansbro Maliha Tabassum wrote: "Hey, Kevin! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. :) Love your reviews so much!
Happy reading and reviewing! <3"


You are so very welcome, Maliha!
And thank you for your kind words! : )


Maliha Tabassum Tisha Hey, Kevin! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. :) Love your reviews so much!
Happy reading and reviewing! <3


message 16: by Kevin

Kevin Ansbro Dollie wrote: "Wow! I just went through your read books & I believe you've read more Dickens than anyone I know! LOL. I've read them all. I love his stories. I read them in the order he wrote them..."

Thank you, Dollie!
I am a huge fan of Dickens: I read Oliver Twist aged eleven and went on to read at least twelve more of his through my pre-teens and teens. I adore his descriptive imagery (he and Gerald Durrell were my earliest writing influences - latterly, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie).
I like the sound of your mother! I attended a school that threw a profusion of classic novels our way, and later studied English literature at college, where we were required to read at least one classic novel a week.

I'm pleased to have made friends with you, too, Dottie.
Hope you and yours are keeping safe!


message 15: by Dollie

Dollie Wow! I just went through your read books & I believe you've read more Dickens than anyone I know! LOL. I've read them all. I love his stories. I read them in the order he wrote them. The Pickwick Papers first. I laughed so much. And then Oliver Twist! One of the saddest story ever. I cried while reading that one. And you like Classics! My mother taught Literature and I inherited her love of great writers. I'm so glad to have made friends with you. Hope all is well with you and yours.


message 14: by Kevin

Kevin Ansbro Margitte wrote: "Hi Kevin, best wishes for the new year as well as your new novel! Your literary insight, expressed so eloquently, always lights up the day.

I aacidently deleted your comment on my 2018 book overv..."


Best wishes to you too, Margitte.
I shall see if I can remember what I put and reinstate it. : )


Margitte Hi Kevin, best wishes for the new year as well as your new novel! Your literary insight, expressed so eloquently, always lights up the day.

I aacidently deleted your comment on my 2018 book overview. Instead of replying to it, I made it disappear. Sorry about that. My iPad and I still nedd to understand each other better :-))


✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) I don't mind at all, Sarah, watch me all you want, but don't expect me to share my plankton - I'm a shellfish bastard! ; )

p.s. I've been reading your 'stuff' and your zero-tolerance style is right up my street!


Oh no, you don't! Get your filthy hands off my dinoflagellates this minute, young man! If you don't want to see what my zero-tolerance style looks like up close, that is.


message 11: by Kevin

Kevin Ansbro ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wrote: "The crustaceans are watching you."

I don't mind at all, Sarah, watch me all you want, but don't expect me to share my plankton - I'm a shellfish bastard! ; )

p.s. I've been reading your 'stuff' and your zero-tolerance style is right up my street!


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Kevin Ansbro Leila wrote: "Thank you for reading my review of 'Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage Kevin. Much appreciated."

Gosh, it's the very least I could do, Leila, after your kind review of Kinnara!


message 8: by Leila

Leila Thank you for reading my review of 'Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage Kevin. Much appreciated.


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Kevin Ansbro Kimber wrote: "Thank you for adding me as a friend, Kevin!"

You are most welcome, Kimber. Thank you for reading Kinnara!


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Kevin Ansbro Larry wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend, Kevin! I had wanted to add you but since it didn't appear I could, I settled for "following." I feel so much better now! :)"

Yes, this is something that I never previously realised.
I just assumed that people who followed me, but didn't friend me, didn't want to friend me!
I now feel terribly guilty that they might think me stuck-up!
Thank you, Larry. I feel so much better now too! : )


message 5: by Larry

Larry H Thanks for adding me as a friend, Kevin! I had wanted to add you but since it didn't appear I could, I settled for "following." I feel so much better now! :)


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Kevin Ansbro Nancy wrote: "Hi Kevin, thanks for the friendship and for your very thoughtful answer to my question. My Family and Other Animals sounds simply delightful and I'm now eager to find a copy. When I ..."

That's great, Nancy!
It really is a delightful book, and I was surprised to discover that it didn't seem at all 'dated.' In fact, I enjoyed reading it more as an adult, than I did as a child. Would love to know your thoughts...
Pleasure to 'meet' you also.


message 3: by Kevin

Kevin Ansbro Stephanie wrote: "Thanks for the book recommendation! I think my daughter will like it. :)"

Good to hear Steph.
For some reason I don't always receive notifications when people message me! : ((


message 2: by Nancy

Nancy Hi Kevin, thanks for the friendship and for your very thoughtful answer to my question. My Family and Other Animals sounds simply delightful and I'm now eager to find a copy. When I was a child, I always enjoyed reading about wild animals and foreign countries.


Stephanie Thanks for the book recommendation! I think my daughter will like it. :)


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