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What is true? What is truth?

An adult, speculative, spiritual and philosophical coming of age story.

An old and now sceptical Thomas looks back on the events of his last term at school when his class returned to a new beautiful class teacher, a donation of stuffed animals and birds by an eccentric benefactor and the increasingly strange events which followed. Zoological
Kindle Edition, 145 pages
Published April 29th 2017 by Leslie W P Garland
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
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DNF at 60%
I couldn't finish this, I just couldn't, even though it wasn't very long.
"The bat" was alright at first; there were stuffed animals in a school which disappeared or changed even though they were very much dead and characters who had potential and a mystery which was interesting enough to keep me going. Then the theological debate started and at first it was good because we had Bobby Thompson and Felicity going back and forth at it, but later when it was being directly read from a
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘To one who has faith no explanation is necessary…’ St Thomas Aquinas

British author Leslie WP Garland has served successful as a civil engineer in the UK, the Far East and Africa, and as a photographer, and now he turns to writing stories he groups into various books as The Red Grouse Tales. THE BAT is one of these stories. Leslie lives in Northumberland, England.

Reading the Foreword we discover the background and meaning of the name for this fine series – The Red Grouse Tales: ‘Quite how we’d
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Another excellent tale taken from the excellent Red Grouse collection: stories purportedly told to the author in a pub of the same name. The Bat takes place before the action of some of the other tales and if you have read others, you might recognise some characters. The protagonist Tom tells a story of strange events that occurred whilst he was at school. There is some great scene setting and descriptions of the various teachers and some of his friends. One day the school receives a strange ...more
Debbie Viscosi
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is the truth simply what one believes it to be? Were four deaths in the village coincidence or evil? Leslie Garland takes a seemingly innocuous tale about creepy taxidermy animals in a new direction that has you questioning faith, God, and evil. The narrator of this story,Thomas, tells the tale of a peculiar bequest made to the school he attended as a child. The preserved animals created a tangible effect in his class causing him to examine faith and leading him to the end of his innocence. As ...more
Lina Hansen
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE BAT is part of a string of stories told by the patrons of The Red Grouse Inn. I can see them there, sitting by the fire, a pint in their hands, spinning their yarns. I liked THE BAT, a coming-of-age story since it demonstrates that adult fiction does not have to pivot on adult protagonists. Instead, the friends enjoy Thomas’s tale, and the reader gets to listen in.
Actually, while this set-up frames the narrative, it also creates a bit of a distance. We know we are being told a tale; there is
Donna Frances
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Red Grouse Inn, a place where stories are told & shared with subsequently have now been written down. What better than a cozy watering hole & a tale or two by the log fire. I don’t know if there is a log fire but I like to think there is.
The Bat is a story of childhood whimsy & imagination in the school days way back when, crushes on your teacher-Miss loveless, naughty friends-The Thompson twins, Christianity & dead stuffed animals.
One in particular being ‘The Bat’, a
Anett Gergely
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first meet with Leslie W P Garland’s writing and I really enjoyed it! The bat is a tale told by Thomas, who was on his usual meeting with his friends at The Red Grouse Inn.

I didn’t know what to expect at the beginning, I really loved Thomas narration of the tale, how the reader get more details one by one. Because of this, the strory may feel a little bit slow at the beginning, you got a lot of information about people, about the school but believe me, soon you won’t even know what to
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another tale that is recounted in "The Red Grouse Inn". The philosophy is centred around faith, belief and truth.

Tom goes back to his schooldays where there were some unusual and spooky developments.

It all started when a crate of stuffed zoological specimens were donated to the school. Within one of the glass cages was a bat.

Teddy and Bobby were brothers and portrayed the expression of "boys will be boys" very well. The factors to their questions were brought about by one of their
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A strange donation of stuffed animals to a school that leads to terrifying events , leaving you questioning everything even your own conclusions !! Even though i couldn't bond with any of the characters and to be honest none were my favorite still this story in my opinion had Gothic elements such as Exorcism- the bat which itself is very significant which represents the title and usually when it's included in a story u know things might go wrong in some way !!!

This was a great story by Leslie
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This made me think of the early Stephen King books I loved reading years ago. The writing is very well done and the wistful narration adds so much to the already well thought out plot. The Thomas character is well-developed and multi-layered so you really feel for him and feel draw into the story and subsequently his experiences. I’d never read anything by Graney previously and this was a pleasant surprise for me how much I enjoyed The Bat. As this is the second book in the Red grouse Tales I’ll ...more
Joshua Grant
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poor Thomas is in for one wild ride in Leslie W.P. Garland’s The Bat! When Thomas’ teacher is replaced, all hell breaks loose as strange specimens come back to life. This is a story about the meaning of good and evil and the value of belief. I enjoyed the moral depth of this one told through the exciting and suspenseful action. This is a great coming of age story for those looking to explore the spiritual side of things!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story set in a village about mystery,growing up,learning how to decipher truth from untruth.The narrator,Tom,is witty but captivating.
There's a Bat,a Fox,a Magpie and some,are they real,are they dead or alive?
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Number of stars 4 out of 5

Another great read from this author's book. He's writing style is very beautiful and he's book will make it feels that you really are there.

It's a must read book if you like historical places, and the mystery.

Must pick this one up for yourself,
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The difference between good and evil isn’t always as easy to figure out as one might think. "
The story is great. Although the characters aren't quite develop as the story goes, the story itself brings lesson on faith and feed the readers a lot of food of thought.
Leslie Garland
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
With 'fake news' hitting the headlines and misguided religiously motivated terrorism still in them, I thought it would be nice to look at 'truth' and muse on questions such as 'what actually is true?' and 'what is Truth?' using a fantasy story as a foil for same.

Is truth what we believe to be the case, or is it what we know to be the case? Why is one religion deemed to be true, whereas others are deemed not to be so? And why are religions deemed to be a 'good thing' when they appear to be the
Rachel Nefeke
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"...Which "truth" do you wish to belief?" The last sentence of the book shows us a whole story in a whole new light. From the beginning, I was pulled into the story by the story-teller Tom, who was an incredibly smart child as I was reading thoroughly. But this book wasn't about bats, not about magic nor religion, even when it looks like it. The Bat from my point of view shows us a life-long battle between emotions (Tom) which are mostly confusing and brain (Bobby). We can choose. We have to ...more
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I was born in 1949, qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and worked for several years on projects in the UK, the Far East and Africa. During this period I won the Institution of Civil Engineers “Miller Prize” for a paper on tunnelling. Changing times resulted in a change in direction and after qualifying as an Associate Member of both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the ...more

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