Book Tour Review: The Corporate Menagerie by Tom Brown

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A fun but powerful poetry collection about people you will undoubtedly encounter in your day-to-day lives.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Digivolve Media and Tom Brown for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Tom Brown is a Chartered Banker by profession and spent 28 years working for the financial services industry until 1997, when he set up Training Concepts. His business designs and delivers training and specialises in leadership, coaching, customer service and diversity issues.

For the last few years, he has been turning his attention to his writing, and in 2019 he published his first Book, Pride of Lions. This is a unique chronicle of the journey of Celtic Football Club’s famous Lisbon Lions who were the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967.

Tom has taken an innovative approach to his writing in that everything he writes is in verse. In addition to his collection of story poems (short stories in verse), he has written well over 400 poems in various genres, together with a number of song lyrics.

Tom is 69 years young and lives in Edinburgh with his wife Ali, and would describe himself as a sports nut with particular leanings towards football, cricket, rugby, and boxing. He also loves reading and has done since he was a young boy, and listening to all forms of music. In addition, he posts his poetry and insightful posts on his Facebook most days.

Click here to visit Tom Brown’s website!

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

The Corporate Menagerie is a study in human behaviour and relationships, which uses animals, birds, insects and even the odd dinosaur to portray the diverse human characters whom Tom has met throughout his life and his work.

Here, you will explore a wide range of ‘people’ issues from leadership, personal development, emotional intelligence, and some of the more sensitive topics such as diversity, bullying and absence management.

These creature analogies combine serious topics in a poetic, thoughtful and light-hearted way, to highlight issues that affect us all. The Corporate Menagerie is a great learning tool or simply an entertaining and enjoyable read.

Purchase link: https://tombrown.online/shop/

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m not sure what I expected going into this book, but it definitely surprised me in a really positive way. I should have a physical copy on the way and you can bet that once I receive it I’ll be tabbing all of my favorite pages!

The Corporate Menagerie is a collection of 60 poems, each one about a different type of character you might encounter at work or even in your personal life. The “main character” of each poem is named (e.g. Biff the Bison) and an entertaining sketch of them is always provided. The digital copy I received (which I think was an arc) even included photos of the entire cast of characters at the very beginning of the book which gives you a nice gallery of the different art work that you’ll find as you make your way through.

Here’s a sample of some of the wonderful artwork you can expect to see:

Just as the blurb says, this book covers a very wide range of topics. Although the equating of human beings to different animals species may make this seem like a book based in comedy, it actually tackles a lot of important issues including mental illness, alcoholism, bullying, fraud, gossip, discrimination, and work ethic.

My favorite part by far was the emphasis placed on supporting mental health. It was not something I expected and I’ll admit that some of the poems got me emotional because of this. Throughout the book Tom Brown does not hesitate to reinforce the ideas that you should never be quick to judge and everyone deserves to be treated fairly. Sometimes people’s negative actions indicate that they just need some help and support. And being “different” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

If you’re looking for a light but extremely relatable read about human behavior and work relationships, definitely give this book a try! You’ll not only recognize several of these characters as people you’ve encountered in your life, but you might even recognize yourself!

The Corporate Menagerie released on January 20, 2021 so get your copy today!

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