Love and a Dozen Roast Potatoes – Simon Wan


Love and a Dozen Roast Potatoes –  Simon Wan

The Last Word Review


I have to admit when this arrived on my desk I was somewhat unsure what to make of Love and a Dozen Roast Potatoes by Simon Wan. But I need not have worried. This is an autobiographical story of his life, or should I say his love life. It is a real hoot of a read. As a writer I am not sure were Simon Wan has been hiding but rather pleased he has emerged with this warm and funny story of his life and he is only 40.



One aspect of this book I should say now it will consume you as you will not want to put this down it is actually contagious but in a way that no other book I know of in this genre can bring. What Simon brings to this is his love and boy does he have lots to give. He shares his love of music, his close friendships his love of those he really cares about and potatoes. Well what did you expect from the title. Oh and then there is the women in Simon’s life. To say he has travelled the path and can tell the story is remarkable. Yes, he has had a wide range of interesting women in his life I will let the reader judge them. The one thing that he does well is to tell the story in his own inimitable way and this is where you will struggle to put the book down so wonderfully written and he lives a life in a way that is to live it to the fullest. There is great honesty within his story which refreshing and helps as the reader will take to take to this aspect of his writing. You may not agree with everything he does and all the women he falls in love with and some are to say ‘wacky.’ But Simon seems to be on the lookout for love at the turn of every corner and he does meet some interesting women on his journey to find the real true love.

The one thing that I took from his story is his energy and passion and the immense humour that he has. It is sizzling and hot as the hot sauces he enjoys. Do not miss this if you are looking for a very honest and immensely funny book to read this summer. Now that he turned to writing after stints in the music business and success as an actor I am looking forward to seeing what comes next for Simon Wan.

Thank you to Urbane Publications for the review copy.

Love and a Dozen Roast Potatoes by Simon Wan is published by Urbane Publications and available to buy through Amazon and to order through Waterstones and all good bookshops.