The searing new novel from the bestselling author of POPCORN, INCONCEIVABLE and DEAD FAMOUS
BEN ELTON's career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. In addition to his hugely influential work as a stand-up comic, he is the writer of such TV hits as The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line. Most recently he has written the BBC series Blessed on the subject of young parenthood. Elton has written three musicals, The Beautiful Game, We Will Rock You and Tonight's the Night and three West End plays. His internationally bestselling novels include The First Casualty (out in Black Swan paperback in April 2006) Popcorn, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society.
In Elton's latest, a feckless Member of Parliament stumbles upon his moment in the media spotlight only to declare that the war on drugs is lost and to introduce legislation to legalize all drugs in Britain. The resulting spasms are felt through all levels of society-from certain royals to crazed, out-of-control rock star Tommy Hanson to a down-and-out addict and from London's Groucho Club loo (where some people actually go expecting to use the facility for its intended purpose) to the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Chameleon entertainer Elton (a stand-up comic, scriptwriter for the BBC series Blackadder, and novelist, his most recent title being Dead Famous) knows how to keep his cartoon characters moving quickly enough to entertain even the most jaded readers, and he manages to deliver a lesson or two about hypocrisy and the media along the way. This novel, which won Great Britain's WH Smith Fiction Prize (with readers casting their votes at the booksellers and online), should also find an audience on this side of the Atlantic. A good bet for larger public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
" A fix of high comedy from a writer who provokes almost as much as
he entertains." "-- Daily Mail"
"A fix of high comedy from a writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains." "-- Daily Mail"