“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.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

The elves are up to their oxters in a vat of their patented Elf-Wonking Juice to celebrate the second paperback release of The Artist Formerly Known As Colin Bateman’s I PREDICT A RIOT, and as a result are utterly incapable of penning anything remotely compos mentis-ish about Bateman’s latest hilarious Belfast-based caper. And so it’s with a heavy heart that we resort to the cheap publicity gimmick of offering, in conjunction with the lovely people at Hodder Headline Ireland, a competition giving away three copies of said tome at a total cost to you, the reader, of zip, zilch, nada and bugger-all. The all-important question:
Is The Artist Formerly Known As Colin Bateman officially referred to these days as:
(a) Bateman;
(b) Yon Double-Hard Bastard From Norn Iron;
(c) Priscilla?
Answers to dbrodb(at)gmail.com, putting ‘I love Master Bateman’ in the subject line, before noon on Monday, 19th November. Et bon chance, mes amis …

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