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pistache (pis-tash)- a friendly spoof or parody of another s work. Deriv uncertain. Possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake. From Thomas Hardy s football report to Dan Brown's visit to the cash dispenser, the work of the great and the not-so-great is here sent up with little hope of coming down. Most of these pieces began their life on Radio Four s The Write Stuff, but have been retooled for the printed page. Others, such as Martin Amis s first day at Hogwarts, have been written specially for this collection. Philip Larkin s Lines in Celebration of the Queen Mother s 115th Birthday, first banned, then cut by the BBC, appears in its entirety for the first time. This is not a book for the faint-hearted or the downstairs lavatory. It is a book for the bedside table of someone you cannot live without.
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A collection of fanciful, satirical and surprising parodies, squibs and pastiches inspired by The Write Stuff on Radio 4

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks was born and brought up in Newbury, Berkshire. He worked in journalism before starting to write books. He is best known for the French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) and is also the author of a triple biography, The Fatal Englishman (1996); a small book of literary parodies, Pistache (2006); and the novels Human Traces (2005), Engleby (2007) and A Week in December (2009). He lives in London with his wife and their three children.

Reviews

"Unforgivably witty" * Sunday Telegraph * "Faulks picks up the big names of the Western canon and plonks them down mercilessly in the most unexpected places" * The Times *

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