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Title: Man Down

Author: James Goodhand

Published: 3rd of March 2022 – Penguin

Format: eARC (NetGalley) – 391 pages

Hello Hello! How are you today?

I’m very excited to be bringing you a spotlight post for Man Down by James Goodhand, currently on #UltimateBlogTour with Dave and the team from @The_WriteReads.

I have to admit that this is not the kind of book I would usually pick up, but when I heard about it being on tour and read the blurb, I realised I really wanted to try something different. So far I have read about 10% and I am enjoying it, so really looking forward to reading more soon. My review will be up at the end of the week, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

As always, thank you so much to Dave for letting me be part of this tour, and thank you so much to the author and the publisher as well!

Now without further ado, here is all the information you need to know about Man Down by James Goodhand!


Will Parks needs to man up.

A man stands. A man fights. A man bleeds.

These are the first lessons you learn in a town where girls are objects, words are weak and fists do the talking.

Will’s more at home in the classroom than the gym, and the most important woman in his life is his gran. So how can a boy who’s always backed away from a fight become the hero who saves the day?

Because a disaster is coming. One that Will can prevent. But only if he learns the most important lesson of all: sometimes to step up, you have to man down. 
A searingly powerful exploration of toxic masculinity, perfect for fans of Juno Dawson or They Both Die at the End.


James lives in Surrey with his wife and newborn son.

He took up writing three years ago. A mechanic by day, much of his work has been written at an oil-stained workbench whilst ignoring a queue of broken cars in need of his attention.

James is also a keen musician, regularly gigging as a rhythm & blues pianist.

​James’ debut YA novel, Last Lesson, tackling teen mental illness and toxic masculinity, was published in spring 2020 by Penguin Random House Children’s.

James’s Links: PenguinTwitterGoodreads

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post,

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx


  1. Love this spotlight, this book sounds great, kind of wish I had signed up for the tour now. Haha. I saw it pop by, but it just didn’t pull me in then for some reason.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m enjoying it so far even though I don’t really understand what is going on. I’m just going along for the ride and we will see where it leads me!

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