Fat Boy

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
327 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2019
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Author Biography

Joseph Cobb was born at Chase Farm hospital, Enfield, on January 3rd 1992. It is rumoured that when Mrs Cobb gave the final push, the drab winter clouds parted, and the miserable faces of North London basked in an unseasonably warm flash of sunlight. The child was due on Christmas Day 1991, though was too indolent to keep to schedule. He bears the holy initials JC. He is unexplainably tanned and his older brother, Billy (BC) came before him...naturally. He believes himself to be a messiah - the second coming - but, by his own admission, far less righteous than his predecessor.

Joseph has a strong background in screenwriting, having written and directed five highly acclaimed short films. He was nominated in Cork for the Young Filmmaker Award at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival for his comedy caper GetAway, and his lucha libre themed short Corazón de León opened the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival.

Fat Boy is Joseph's debut novel. It is the culmination of years of hard work, instant coffee and self-torment.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Somewhere out in the rural hinterland of England, a tragi-comedy farce in three parts is playing out. Fat Boy by Joseph Cobb brings a seemingly disparate group of life’s more unsavory characters together in a romp through the criminal underworld. Stranger McKrayne, it seems, was a rare commodity – an honest copper. Deserted by his wife when their little girl, Evangeline, was just a baby, Stranger has had to raise his daughter as best he could whilst daily dealing with the evil criminals that make up the city’s underworld and staying straight in a world where it seemed every other cop was bent. Janet Cartwright, a movie producer whose latest blockbuster had not only been a flop but an absolute travesty, was desperate to make her next movie. With the establishment funders not willing to touch her with a bargepole, Janet has sought out funding from the “Mr. Big” of the criminal underworld, a man known as “The Captain”. The Captain has retired from the daily grind of big city crime, leaving that up to his boys to deal with. These days he lives in splendid gentrification on an estate in the country where he and his former prostitute wife love to play lord and lady of the manor. All these characters and a whole pile more will find they are intricately and unknowingly linked to each other and have an elegant date with destiny.

Fat Boy really was something else; refreshing, different and quintessentially British, with a cast of characters that were anything but quintessentially British. The motley, ensemble crew that author Joseph Cobb put together for this tale was a fascinating bunch of characters. As with any comedic farce, it was necessary to draw these characters to their personality extremes and Cobb did an excellent job of that. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the Captain and his wife – two characters who came from very much the wrong side of the tracks but who now projected the ultimate in respectability and were desperate to keep their criminal empire and their newfound propriety apart. Given the size of the ensemble cast, there were times when I wondered how they all fitted together and what was the point of a particular scene or a character? What I admired most about the author’s work was how he was able to tie everything up into a neat little package with a bow at the conclusion that perfectly explained everyone’s relationship within the narrative. The little kicker at the end was also very much appreciated. This was a refreshing read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I will certainly be following this author with some interest in the future.