“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

Another week, another giveaway, and this time your generous benefactors are the good folk at Hachette Ireland, who are offering three copies of Andrew Nugent’s latest novel, SOUL MURDER. First the blurb elves:
When a house master is found dead at a leading boys’ boarding school in Ireland, Superintendent Denis Lennon and Sergeant Molly Power of the Irish Police Force struggle to uncover any probable motive for this brutal killing. Perhaps it was a bungled kidnapping attempt? Or a revenge attack? Or simple robbery but with extreme malice? But when the existence of a letter from an old boy is discovered, their investigation becomes much more complicated. Something very sinister has provoked this violent bloodshed and, with so much at stake, will the killer stop at one murder?
  Erm, probably not. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of SOUL MURDER, just answer the following question.
Is the appropriate way to address a Benedictine monk:
(a) Brother;
(b) Father;
(c) Your Monkness;
(d) With a valid stamp on the top-right corner.
  Answers via the comment box please, leaving an email contact with an (at) rather than @ to confuse the spam-munchkins, before noon on Wednesday, October 22. Et bon chance, mes amis


Philip Amos said...

Now that would be (a), unless, of course, the monk is also a priest, in which case he may be called 'Dom' or 'Father'. It helps to live up the road from a Benedictine abbey. Good wishes to you as always, Brother Dec.

pamos1949 (at) hotmail.com

Darragh said...

(a) is the answer there, Declan. Thanks!

darraghdoyle [at] gmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

Is the appropriate way to address a Benedictine monk:

c) Your Monkness

By the way, is this Monk from, you know, that TV show?

Anonymous said...

Dude I'm not Catholic. But I'm guessing a) Brother?

It could be any of 'em as far as I know though.

norby871 (at) yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Not my strongest subject, but I'm going for A.

Anonymous said...

I'm in for an A, but I would have chosen 'Dude' if it had only been available.

Anonymous said...

Everybody can give you the right answer,but from now on I'll only address them with

c) Your Monkness


Heartbeatoz said...

for a monk who is not a priest use the title "Brother"

once he has made vows is called "Dom"

If a monk is also a priest he is called "Father"

Declan Burke said...

Many thanks for the info, Heartbeatoz; it's nice to know there's at least one religiously informed reader on board.

No one's going with the 'stamp on the top-right corner' option, then?

Cheers, Dec

Anonymous said...

Well,let's say I'm in Belgium,in one of the Breweries run by Benedectine Trappist Monks like Chimay or Westvleteren.
Wouldnt have much sense using envelopes to communicate,no?
But after a sip or twenty,I can totally see myself using Your Monkness.


Unknown said...

And I imagine I would just call a monk, 'Dude' if I ever ran into one. Like in "Dude, what's with the sack cloth?" or "Dude, what's up with the bowl cut?"

David Baynham said...

Considering that there are both brothers and sisters in the Benedictine Order, lets go for (a) Brother.


Unknown said...

I will vote for (a).
Best wishes, Helga

helgabk (at) gmail.com