I first came across author Jake Nelson through the interview I did with Eastbourne poet Sara Humphrey. He has published a story entitled King Arthur Goes To Wembley which is intended for children but is also being appreciated by adults - myself included!
In the tale, two schoolboys, Thomas and Marc, stumble across the enchanted resting place of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table while searching for their lost football. Due to a misunderstanding, the awoken King Arthur
believes that the ‘Honour of England’ is at stake in a forthcoming
international football match. He commands the children to teach ‘the
beautiful game’ to the men from Camelot so they can play for England
against the world champions!
The story was inspired by the lionisation of present-day Premiership footballers. Jake believes that, if the ancient legends were true, the Knights would have been treated in the same way and there are distinct parallels between the two cultures. He says. “The
idea that the finest knights in all the world might just be the finest natural
athletes too is only one step away from imagining that, maybe, they could also
be great footballers.
Although King Arthur Goes To Wembley is ostensibly a children's book, I enjoyed reading it. The intricacies of the football scenes were lost on me, but the story keeps up a great pace and I particularly liked the characterisation of Merlin and ideas such as the light bulbs' treatment! I also think that, if the right narrator was found, this story would make an excellent audio book.
King Arthur Goes To Wembley
is available from Amazon
as either a paperback or a download. I believe there are two further books on their way to being published - The Dinosaur Problem and Vigilante Tears.
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Books by Jake Nelson / Fantasy / Books from England