“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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Colin Bateman: Taking Name-Dropping To A Whole New Level

Crikey. There we were, happily plugging Colin Bateman's upcomer I Predict A Riot, when we were stopped dead in our tracks by eagle-eyed lawyers - because he's not rubbishy old Colin Bateman anymore, he's 'Bateman'. There's posh, eh? Here's hoping no one confuses him with this Bateman, or there'll be hell to pay. Meanwhile, we just can't resist sharing Arena's oldie-but-goodie verdict on Colin Bateman / 'Bateman': "If Roddy Doyle was as good as people say, he would probably write novels like this". Mee-ow, etc.

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