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The Witches of Chiswick

Gollancz S.F.

By Robert Rankin

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2004
We have all been lied to. A great and sinister conspiracy exists to keep us from uncovering the truth about our past. Have you ever wondered how Victorians dreamed up all that fantastic futuristic fiction? Did it ever occur to you that it might just have been based upon fact? That THE WAR OF THE WORLDS was a true account of real events? That Captain Nemo's Nautilus even now lies rusting at the bottom of the North Sea? That there really was an invisible man? And what about the other stuff? Did you know that Queen Victoria had a sexual relationship with Dr Watson? Or that the elephant man was a product of an E.T./human hybridisation programme? Or that Jack the Ripper was a terminator robot sent from the future? Read on: and learn how a cabal of Victorian Witches from the Chiswick Townswomen's Guild, working with advanced Babbage super-computers, rewrote 19th Century history, and how a 23rd Century boy called Will Starling uncovered the truth about everything.

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Robert Rankin is the second highest selling writer of funny fantasy in Britain THE HOLLOW CHOCLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE sold more than 16,000 copies in hardcover, quadrupling his former HB sales Someone takes a Robert Rankin book out of a library 40 times every day - that's as many as Jane Austen The Brentford Trilogy - five books and counting - has over a million copies in print and is a cult bestseller Rankin sells across Europe, with rights sold in France, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic The very active Robert Rankin fanclub can be found at www P

About the Author

Robert Rankin is an unrepentant Luddite who writes his bestselling novels by hand in exercise books. He is the author of THE HOLLOW CHOCLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE WITCHES OF CHISWICK, The Brentford Trilogy (5 books), The Armageddon Quartet (3 books) and many more.


"Will Starling saves the world from itself...Attention-deficit SF humor: like Douglas Adams on a sugar high."

EAN: 9780575075450
ISBN: 0575075457
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 3.1 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Brendan Lillingstone on
The Witches of Chiswick by Robert Rankin.
The Witches of Chiswick is a very funny book that has time travel, evil witches, and evil killer androids from the past. The androids are sent to kill the one person who could put an end to the witch’s schemes.
History is turned on its head, then bent over sideways as this hilarious story cavorts through a Victorian London that Queen Victoria would not recognise. Much beer is consumed as our heroes, Will Starling, Tim McGregor, Barry, the magical sprout, and others try to save the future.
The Witches of Chiswick is full of irreverent, and sometime naughty humour, puns, word play and double-en-tundras. It has comedy from the sublime to the ridiculous. It also contains a clever plot line that keeps you guessing right up to the very end.
You meet many historical figures, such as Queen Victoria, the Elephant man and HG Wells doing things that they would never dreamt of doing. There are also people who never really existed, such as Sherlock Holmes.
Robert Rankin is a master of satire and the Witches of Chiswick is a truly wonderful and entertaining read. It’s full of laughs and excitement. I loved it.

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