The Chancer

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
312 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2023
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Author Biography

Fiona Graham is an author and screenwriter living in County Galway in the west of Ireland. Fiona wrote and produced the award-winning Irish feature film 'Songs for Amy' starring Sean Maguire, James Cosmo and rock band Alabama 3.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Fiona has spent most of her adult life in Ireland and is constantly inspired by the people, culture and landscape of the west of Ireland, as well as the humour of both the Irish and the Scots. Fiona's debut novel, The Chancer, was inspired by her contrasting experiences living in a small Irish coastal community and working in the film industry.

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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

The Chancer is a comedy by Fiona Graham. Donnie, who was raised on a farm near a tiny Irish village, had dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Donnie’s younger sister was the only member of the family who thought that he could succeed as an actor. When Donnie’s uncle died, he inherited a sum of money, and he flew to LA to make his dream come true. Donnie fell in love with LA and the people and dived headfirst into any auditions that he could find. Donnie was determined to make it and become a famous actor. Donnie met Abe Nelson, a movie star, and Donnie’s spontaneity gradually won him over. Donnie and Abe seem to complement each other as they strive to become better versions of themselves.

The Chancer by Fiona Graham is an exciting read full of Irish expressions and idioms. The plot was intriguing, and I was hooked from the start. Family relationships, friendships, dreams, and loyalty were woven into the story, which alternated between Hollywood and a small Irish village. The chapters flowed into each other and were easy to read. The characters were well-developed and authentic. My favorite character is Donnie. He loved his family and had a big heart. He felt terrible about lying to them. Donnie believed in himself and was brave enough to follow his heart. The story is excellently written and is both funny and touching. The message is about the importance of pursuing your dream and this is a must-read for anyone looking for an amusing tale.