The Tick and the Tock of the Crocodile Clock

Author – Kenny Boyle

Publisher – Lightening Books 

Genre – Contemporary Fiction

Pages – 292

Format – Paperback 

Release Date – May 3rd 2022

Reviewer – Me AKA TheBookishHermit

Synopsis ⤵️

An aspiring writer from the Southside of Glasgow, Wendy is in a rut. She tries to brighten her call-centre job by shoehorning as many long words as possible into conversations with customers. But her manager isn’t amused by that and, after a public dressing-down, Wendy walks out.

Jobless and depressed, she finds consolation in a surprise friendship with another disgruntled ex-colleague, wild-child painter Cat, who encourages her to live more dangerously. It’s just what Wendy needs and it’s also brilliant for her creative juices. But a black cloud is about to overshadow this new-found liberation, as well as to put Wendy on the wrong side of the law.

Fresh, insightful and funny, as well as unflinchingly honest about the tougher side of life, Kenny Boyle’s debut novel takes us deep into the psyche of a likeable misfit who treads a fine line between reality and fantasy – and just wants the world to see her true self.‍

About The Author ⤵️

KENNY BOYLE is a writer and actor born on the Isle of Lewis. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and holds a masters in classical and contemporary text, as well as an honours degree from the University of Strathclyde. He is the star, alongside Natalie Clark, of the multi-award winning short film
Perfect Strangers (2015) and of the feature-film follow-up Lost at Christmas (2020). His plays include Playthrough and An Isolated Incident, and in 2021 he received a New Playwrights Award from the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. The Tick and the Tock of the Crocodile Clock is his debut novel.

My Review ⤵️

Wonderfully charming, witty, engaging and totally addictive! I loved every minute of this little gem! The cover is beautiful and the title is catching and this definitely made me want to start reading sooner rather than later. 

Once I did start reading it was difficult to stop, there were so many little things within the story that just made me smile and want to read on. The chemistry between the characters is perfect and there are certain parts of the story that I found to be quite moving and thought provoking. 

This is a well written book definitely worthy of the 5 stars I’m giving it! 


I’d like to thank Lovebookstours for allowing me to be part of this tour! I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. Views and opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.

Link To Buy ⤵️

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