“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. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.
Friday, March 28, 2008
What Lily Did Next
A Minister for Propaganda Elf writes: Erm, Lil’ Lily has done very little, as you might expect. Sleeping, feeding, grizzling, pooping … Lily appears to be very much her father’s daughter. Other than that, however, she has shown very little interest in pursuing the multiple careers of nuclear physicist, concert pianist and Grand Vizieress that the Grand Vizier has planned for her, although perhaps it might yet be a bit too early to expect dramatic developments. However, we trust that by Monday there will have been a breakthrough or two. In the meantime, Mr & Mrs Grand Vizier would like to express their heartfelt thanks for all the messages of goodwill and congratulations they’ve received via blog, email and phone-text, and rest assured they will endeavour to respond to them all, even though it’s likely to take until 2012 to do so. Finally, anyone who loves books and / or children will love this, courtesy of Sharon Wheeler and Kelli Stanley, both of whom obviously have the same identically impeccable taste.