The Wordicle’s Author’s Leak presents
Paul Fellowes and his book “A Fool’s Game.”
This fantastic book highlights why self acceptance is crucial to a happy life. See what the author has to say!
From the author, Paul Fellowes:
“A Fool’s Game is my first dip of a toe into the realms of writing, really. I remember when I was young, I would always be thinking of stories, but as an adult I hadn’t ever sat down and really tried my best to put pen to paper.
This year has brought many sad things to many people, myself included. But I wanted something to be proud of in 2020, and when I was between roles over the first lockdown, I had to keep my mind in a state of sanity, and so A Fool’s Game was born, somewhat ironically, given some of the key themes of the book.
I like to think I write about things that I know about or have experienced first-hand, and if they’re not either of those things, then I have worked hard to gain a credible understanding to be able to talk about them.
One of the main themes throughout is poor mental health and a distinct lack of self-acceptance. However, the simplistic basis of it all, is that in every place I’ve ever worked, we always had a syndicate, and I would always be the one to ask, “What would you do if we won, though?”
My favourite character is probably Jennifer, she is a formidable and intelligent young woman with all the odds stacked against her, but a determination to succeed and an incredible and wonderful family behind her. However, I would argue that Danny’s character is someone I see myself in a lot.
That’s not to say that I think I’m handsome, or have a good physique because believe me, I do not, but I completely empathise with his ability to doubt himself and understand how his mental health deteriorates so quickly. There’s a section in the book where he grabs a handful of flesh from his stomach. He is utterly distraught at its fatty texture, and I have been there on many occasions.
Over the years I have really struggled with my appearance and my sexuality, both of which adversely affected my mental health. I was a big kid and, whilst I would’ve been described as ‘confident’, ‘loud’, or ‘bubbly’, I wasn’t happy with who I was.
I struggled throughout school with my weight, and it wasn’t until university that I did something about it…although what I chose to do was definitely of detriment to myself too. Once I had lost an inordinate amount of weight far too quickly, I still found that I wasn’t happy, and when I found a particularly toxic (now-ex) girlfriend, I hit some pretty powerful lows.
I am very fortunate in that I have an incredible support bubble of friends and family who helped me through those chapters in my life and, when I moved to London, I came out as bisexual and have been on the path to self-acceptance in both body and mind ever since. I am currently living with my wonderful boyfriend, who constantly reminds me that he loves me and my body, and that I should too.
There are some very dark moments in the book, and it reflects some of the things that I have felt in my life, but I would hope people take away:
- a sense of how quickly things can change,
- how interactions are so important in their own lives and in the lives of people around them,
- and simply, that money cannot buy you happiness.
Thank you so much for letting me release an Author’s Leak, and I hope you enjoy the book.”
Thank you, Paul, for providing The Wordicle your genuine and wonderful Author’s Leak! Please support Paul by reading his outstanding book!
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Self acceptance is key
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