Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Daddy’s Santa Wish-List

“Hi, my name is Lily. My daddy, Ol’ Sillyput, is currently seeing four keyboards and three PC monitors as a result of the ongoing ‘Operation Eggnog’, so he has asked me to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and an even happier New Year. If you’re reading this, Santa, here’s Daddy’s wish-list:
World peace
The Subbuteo Dukla Prague away kit
Two front teeth
An extra hour’s writing time – per day – in 2009
A modicum of talent
Good health and happiness for all Crime Always Pays readers
For each and every Irish crime writer to buck economic and industry trends to become rich beyond their wildest dreams and / or pay the mortgage, depending on which is the more reasonable aspiration
  “And that’s it. Have a good one, people, and we’ll see you all back here again in January. Boopy-doop!”


bookwitch said...

Talent. Tick.

Teeth. Our tooth fairy pays about £1 per tooth. Depending on what she sells them on for, I reckon your fans can club together and get you those. (All the better to bite with?)

The rest. It's harder. Not sure about that kit. We'll try and be happy and healthy, but can't promise.

(About the money; speak to Eoin Colfer or Derek Landy and see what they can spare.)

Dana King said...

Worthy wishes, all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Lily, Aileen, and The Grand Vizeer from everyone here at The Home Office. It's been a rough year in a lot of ways, but the news from CAP Tower has always been eagerly awaited.

John McFetridge said...

I thought paying the mortgage WAS rich beyond a writer's wildest dreams?

Here's hoping you get everything on your wish list, and if you don't, looking at that picture tells me it was still your best year ever.

Have a good one yourself.

seanag said...

Boopy doop right back at you, Lily. And tell your dad thanks for all his hard work here--that is, when ever he becomes semi-conscious again.

Gerard Brennan said...

Merry Christmas!


Peter Rozovsky said...

Merry Christmas, Lily, and wish your mum and dad a Merry Christmas from me, too. Ciao, baby.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

Rafe McGregor said...

Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

Patricia J. Hale said...

Thanks for right back at ya'

The Unquiet Man said...

I don't know about Dukla Prague but I can sort out a Malmo team if needed.