Backstories by Simon Van der Velde / #Review @SimonVdVwriter

Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth? These are people you know, but not as you know them.Peel back the mask and see.


This book is dedicated to the victims of violent crime, the struggle against discrimination in all its forms and making the world a better place for our children. That is why 30% of all profits will be shared between Stop Hate UK, The North East Autism Society and Friends of the Earth.




This book reminded me a bit of the game ‘Charades’. The author is the single person who would normally act out the syllables, words or phrases but instead uses his book to give us the clues. The readers are the group of people who have to guess and find the correct answer. In this case it’s about famous or infamous people. 

The short stories are in fact riddles and with each sentence the author reveals a bit more about the identity of the person. Sometimes it was rather easy to understand who he was talking about. Sometimes I did not have any idea and it was Google to the rescue. 🙂

On the one hand, I wanted to read only one story a day to make the fun last. On the other hand, I wanted to keep on going and discover them all. Two guesses what I did…. Right, I took option 2 😉

Some of the stories were a bit shocking, others were sad. You just don’t realize what those people went through before they were either loved or hated by thousands or even millions of people.

A great book in my opinion. 5 stars. 

Thank you, Simon Van der Velde 


About the Author

Simon Van der Velde has worked variously as a barman, labourer, teacher, caterer and lawyer, as well as travelling throughout Europe and South America collecting characters and insights for his award-winning stories. Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) in 2010, Simon’s work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including; The Yeovil Literary Prize, (twice), The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Shortstory Prize, The Harry Bowling Prize, The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition and The National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Competition – establishing him as one of the UK’s foremost short-story writers.
Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with his wife, Nicola, their labradoodle, Barney and two tyrannical children.


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