When Jokers Were Kings
by John Tesarsch
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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 24 May 2022
When mild-mannered mail clerk Bertie Jones tries his luck as an Elvis Presley impersonator, his whole world gets shaken up. His doting mother doesn’t approve, for a start. But with his best friend as his overzealous manager and a budding romance with Jasmine, a Michael Jackson tribute artist, Bertie just might be about to hip-shake his way to the most unlikely stardom.
Take a front-row seat to a tour de force of a musical and personal journey, set against the backdrop of a banking royal commission and a white-knuckle road trip that includes a run-in with a Ned Kelly impersonator – all squeezed into a tight rhinestone jumpsuit. It’s a rollicking return for the King … and one he definitely would not have seen coming.
When Jokers Were Kings is an uplifting romantic comedy brimming with offbeat ideas about modern life, love and
finding your voice
A Note From the Publisher
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Average rating from 2 members
I finished reading When Jokers Were Kings in a matter of days whilst on a weekend away, and it was the perfect compliment to a beach side escape.
The main character is Engelbert 'Bertie' Jones, who is a mail clerk in a bank. At the bank's Christmas party, Bertie is given the opportunity to perform an Elvis Presley song, and he receives a very positive response.
When his best friend offers to be his 'manager' if Bertie agrees to become an Elvis impersonator, he decides to get on board as up until that point, Bertie's life hasn't been all that interesting.
As they hit the road, there are some funny moments along the way! Bertie starts to come out of his shell (and into his jewel-encrusted jumpsuit!) and he is in for the time of his life.
If you're after an easy and entertaining read then this is the book for you. I'd give it a solid 3 1/2 stars. I would've liked the story to finish with an epilogue as there were a couple of questions that I would've liked answers to, but it was a really good read!