“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Bateman Cometh

The Artist Formerly Known as Colin Bateman, aka Bateman (his publishers have dropped the boring old 'Colin' bit, apparently), reads from his latest, I Predict A Riot ("bursting with intrigue, extortion, greed, love, murder and carrot cake") at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh on Friday, May 25. The gig kicks off at 8pm, Bateman fiends - we predict a sizeable turnout, which will very probably include nubile young ladies throwing their nether garments at The Batemeister. As for the early reviews: "... an extraordinary mix of plots and characters begging to be described as colourful, zany, absurd and surreal. Comparisons with Carl Hiaasen are not inappropriate," says Marcel Berlins at The Times. Which is nicer than nice ...

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