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Assorted Nonsense Reviews The Fatness

My buddy and fellow-writer, Joe Mahoney, has done a charming and funny video reviewing The Fatness. In addition to having wonderful taste, Joe writes fiction himself. You can check out his debut novel, A Time and a Place, here on Goodreads.

Oh, and I’m sure he’d appreciate it if you purchased a copy of both our books. (Get The Fatness here, and ATAAP here.)

You may also want to check out Joe’s amusing YouTube channel.


London media cover The Fatness

Mark taking a bite out of his novel

Photo by the London Free Press

My thanks to the following media outlets for their recent invitations to chat about my new release, The Fatness.

On New Year’s Day, the London Free Press published an article titled: “Satirist takes a bite out of obesity epidemic”

My thanks to Dan Brown for a truly enjoyable interview and an insightful and well-written article!

Then on January 3, I did two live radio shows. In the morning I was in the studio at CJBK with the talented broadcaster and fellow writer, Lisa Brandt.

You can listen to our conversation on the CJBK morning show here.

The day wrapped up with a live interview I did with the affable Chris dela Torre, at CBC London. (AKA Radio One, 93.5 FM.)


The Fatness is live!

The FatnessMy fourth novel is available as of today! 

It’s a satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (Don’t worry, it’s a love story.)

This crazy book was 12 years in the making, so I hope you enjoy it. Here’s a quick synopsis, and more purchase links below:


Keelan Cavanaugh is fat. That’s why the government put him in prison.

They placed him in a Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC), where trained staff work to help him and many others slim down. Well, that was the intention, anyway. The powers that be had decided chubby citizens must either go there or lose their health care coverage.

When he meets Jacinda Williams, an activist lawyer researching this new system, Keelan is more determined than ever to slim down. But Keelan discovers losing weight is more difficult than it seems, especially when he also has to fight against a ridiculous bureaucracy and policy wonks with hidden agendas. Can he succeed? Will the CRC-crossed lovers ever dine at love’s banquet together?

From award-winning author Mark A. Rayner, The Fatness is a contemporary satire of socialism, capitalism, and the so-called “obesity epidemic”. This is Catch-22 for a new generation, with a distinctly tender undertone, even as it mercilessly spoofs the establishment.

Critical reception

As of today, with 20 ratings, it’s got 4.4/5 stars on Goodreads, and the Amazon reviews are starting to come in (4.5/5 so far)

“Mark A. Rayner—an all-Canadian synthesis of Douglas Adams and Ben Elton—understands that the best satire is only five degrees to the left of reality. The Fatness may not be reality (yet), but it’s too close for comfort. Luckily, it’s also funny as heck.” ~Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey and Husk

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