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Robert Rankin
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13 Feb 1992 Brentford Trilogy (Book 1)

'Outside the sun shines. Buses rumble towards Ealing Broadway and I'm expected to do battle with the powers of darkness. It all seems a little unfair…'

You could say it all started with the red-eyed tramp with the slimy fingers who put the wind up Neville, the part-time barman, something rotten. Or when Archroy's wife swapped his trusty Morris Minor for five magic beans while he was out at the rubber factory.

On the other hand, you could say it all started a lot earlier. Like 450 years ago, when Borgias walked the earth.

Pooley and Omally, stars of the Brentford Laboiur Exchange and the Flying Swan, want nothing to do with it, especially if there's a Yankee and a pint of Large in the offing. Pope Alexander VI, last of the Borgias, has other ideas…

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (13 Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055213841X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552138413
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as The Master of Far Fetched Fiction. He is the author of more than thirty novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he is published - and making people laugh - around the world.

Despite his remarkable publishing success, Robert has never taken himself too seriously. He loves going on tour, signing books for readers, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session. Robert Rankin is a great entertainer, whether in person or through his novels, with wit, humour and an incredible personal warmth.

But that's not all! In addition to being a talented writer, comedian and musician, he's also an incredible artist . . . so incredible, that he creates his own stunning book covers.

Reading his books can and will inspire you, scare you, thrill you and, above all, entertain you. His novels are an outlet for the soul, and food for the imagination.

The Brentford Trilogy:

The Antipope
The Brentford Triangle
East of Ealing
The Sprouts of Wrath
The Brentford Chainstore Massacre
Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

The Armageddon Trilogy:

Armageddon: The Musical
They Came and Ate Us
The Suburban Book of the Dead

Cornelius Murphy Novels:

The Book of Ultimate Truths
Raiders of the Lost Car Park
The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived

The Trilogy That Dare Not Speak Its Name:

Sprout Mask Replica
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag
Waiting for Godalming

The Witches Trilogy:

The Witches of Chiswick
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

Eddie Bear Novels:

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
The Toyminator

Standalone Novels:

The Greatest Show Off Earth
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
A Dog Called Demolition
Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code

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The casting is strong and performances professional, with the author himself thoroughly whipped into shape as a starring narrator. This is truly marvellous late-night listening. Buy it at any price. --Diverse Books

This audio version is a labour of love and the result is something more than an audiobook. Impressive and a lot of fun, much less dry than straightforward audiobooks have a tendency to be. If you love Rankin, this is a must-buy. If you've never read him, this is a great introduction. If you hate his stuff, buy it anyway it'd be a shame if the same team don't go on to produce audio books of his even better novels. --SFX magazine --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The first book in the now legendary Brentford trilogy.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent humour. Brilliant characters. 28 Jun 2000
Robert Rankin - brilliant as always. Follow the two drunken heros Pooley and Omally as they fight evil in the town of Brentford where the most important thing for everybody is to make easy money and cheat even your best friend into buying you beer.
The characters are the best part of the whole Brentford series. They all have strong personalities, and you get to know them well which makes it even funnier to read about their reactions in certain situations.
Also, Rankin changes between the subtle, the explicit, the beautiful and the outright vulgar. You never know what he throws at you next.
This one is a definite must read for everybody who appreciates humour and recognizes the subtle differences in the choice of words.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BIG AUDIO ANTIPOPE 10 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't realised just how good a writer Robert Rankin was until I heard this wonderful dramatisation back in 2003. The Audio Antipope is an eight-CD set, running to a little under ten hours, bravely complete and unabridged. Full cast list included after the review here...

I had previously read and loved some of the later Brentford novels, of course, but nothing in fact from the seminal pair of volumes that started it all. I specifically link 'The Antipope' and 'The Brentford Triangle' in this way, of course, for two startlingly good reasons. First, about one-third of the 'Antipope' ms had to be culled before Pan would publish it, and much of this material found its way into the sequel. Second, this abundence of preparation, combined with Robert taking the opportunity to write around-the-clock (as opposed to several months part-time) meant that the sequel was practically finished in about three weeks. And I now know what he means when he says that, once they are let loose, Messrs. Pooley and Omally and their contemporaries usually 'write themselves'. There is little sense here of pain in the composition, only (quite rightly) pain in the experiences of the characters themselves, as they are carried along only semi-voluntarily in a flood of unnatural events that at first glance belong in Brentford like a herd of rhino belong in the English National Ballet. Stranger things have surely never happened.

Pooley and Omally are a delightful pair of cowardly, malingering dipsomaniacs loosely based on the author himself and an old schoolfriend of his. I pass no judgement on the matter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persistently amusing. 23 Oct 1998
By A Customer
This is one of my favorite books. It's the first of the Brentford series. I find the whole series to be comfortable, likable and highly amusing. It helps to have a taste for the surreal. I found the characters to be very likable. They have the care free attitudes of the characters from Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat or Cannery Row, but they are intelligent and educated. They are not the type one would expect to be called upon to save the world. Essentially Brentford is the world. Should any character temporarily wander out of Brentford, Brentford would still be the reference point. The pub is the core essence of this world. Nothing is really serious unless it effects the pub. To this little world comes every silly notion that ever landed on the front page of the most bizarre tabloids. The Antipope is the place to start. It's one of the best, and will introduce you to the Brentford perspective. I found after reading a few pages, I wanted to take a break and wait for the smile on my face to ease up a little before I dared to proceed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is reasonably entertaining if a little slow to get going.

Unfortunately the kindle edition of this book was really let down by the significant number of spelling mistakes - many of which look like OCR issues rather than outright bad spelling. For example (this is just a few):
- "torn" instead of "tom" (2008)
- "earless road" -- no idea! (2086)
- ".he" instead of "the" (2182)
- "ro" insteaf of "to" (2460)
- "him'?" instead of "him?" (2474)
- "n\an" instead of "man" (2847)
- "I\have" instead of "I have" (2848)
- "VFs" instead of "VIs" (3677)

There's also a number of places where
inexplicably occur midway through a sentence.

The table of contents is also broken - many of the chapter headings take you to the table of contents itself.

If you want to enjoy the story and not be distracted by poor presentation, then avoid this Kindle edition at all costs.

UPDATE 2012-07-02: The author has issued a new version of this book, and so I have amended my review from 1 to 3 stars. It would have been preferable not to encounter these errors, but I'm delighted to see the author proactively dealing with the problem and I shall now read the rest of the trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uncountable 9 Jan 2013
By Amnubis
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Of all the illustrious Rankin's works, none has jostled its way into my heart more than the brentford trillogy. Sprouts of Wrath was the first one I read (the fourth in the trillogy!) and from meeting Poole and O'Mally therein, I was hooked, had to go back to the first and follow the likely lads through all their adventures. Unlike his contemporaries, Rankin doesn't fall back onto tired characters to move the plot from a difficult situation with no likely escape (ie: having CMOT Dibbler turn up with a set of keys to open the cell), but uses a genius which lies in his nth dimensional mind to twist plots and reader through 720 degrees of inspired and incredible routes. Nothing is ever what it seems, and as is well known by those who know it well, because it is a tradition old charter or somesuch, what things seem is open to interpretation: and Rankin's interpretations of this world we live/ have lived / will live in are a merry-go-round of fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work
I had trouble suspending disbelief which is a problem in a fantasy book. I just haven't met such motivated and effective alcoholics.
Published 1 month ago by Helen Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy gold
The original Brentford trilogy is one of the funniest series of books I've ever read. I can go back to them time and time again and find things to laugh out loud at. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Simon Exton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Just what I was looking for, irreverent and fun. Rankin makes the normal come alive and the unusual so normal. Great start to the trilogy!
Published 5 months ago by Mark Naish
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I read my first Robert Rankin in paper format quite a few years ago, and I have to insist that he's one of the great humorous authors of all time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jo Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of it all.
This was the first Robert Rankin book that I ever read, and it's great to have it in electronic thingie format. Still a great read and has not dated a bit, unlike me! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andy C
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the dark side of Brentford!
Clearly the work of a not-so evil genius. You will never look at a tramp or hobo in the same light again.
Published 8 months ago by james doylr
5.0 out of 5 stars greatly enjoyed
A book of wonders that transcribes the myths and mystery of modern London. At time I could not stop laughing, at others I was glued to the edge of the chair.
Published 9 months ago by Vision 2
5.0 out of 5 stars Pooley and Omally, great comic inventions.
It started here, put Brentford on the map and gave us two endearing comic characters. Puns abound and for people of a certain generation there are allusions that ring comedic... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Martin Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beer, adventure and more beer!
The untimely death of Douglas Adams means that there is, in my opinion, a shortage of top quality humorous science fiction/fantasy novels. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Satori Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Funny, well constructed and very well written. Great characters and setting. Looking forward to reading the rest of the "trilogy".
Published 13 months ago by Benedict Pease
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