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It's 2.15 a.m. and the phone wakes you. Only someone bad would ring you at such an hour, or someone with bad news, which would probably be worse. You hear the answer-machine kick in and feel your heart beat. You listen. And then you hear the voice you least expect - a blast from the past."
Blast From The Past is the fifth novel from Ben Elton, the celebrated and controversial comedian/playwright/author whose TV credits include The Young Ones and Blackadder as well as the previous novels Stark and Popcorn. Jack Kent, US Captain stationed at Greenham Common during the early eighties, has a secret and unlikely affair with the Polly Sacred Cycle of the Womb and Moon, a 17-year-old ideological peace protester:
the star-crossed lovers made Romeo and Juliet look like an arranged marriage! Pamela Anderson and the Ayatollah Khomeni would have made a more natural-looking couple.Sixteen years later and a four star General, Kent returns to Britain to seek out his only true love. Polly, now a lonely thirtysomething Equal Opportunities employee, is being stalked by the Bug when the phone rings.
Set in the staid, politically-correct nineties of New Labour Britain, the story flashes back with comic effect to the early eighties, a time of protest, strikes and Cold War. While hardcore Elton fans might be disappointed with the weak plot and smaller helpings of piercing wit and wacky socio-political observations, Blast from the Past still offers up some laugh-out-loud lines and entertaining reading. --Andrew Crawford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Only Ben Elton could combine uncomfortable questions about gender politics with a gripping, page-turning narrative and jokes that make you laugh out loud" (Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy)
"Elton at his most outrageously entertaining" (Cosmopolitan)
"The action is tight and well-plotted, the dialogue is punchy, and the whole thing rolls along so nicely" (Guardian)
"A lively thriller of sexual politics and morality. Elton's best book yet" (Elle)
Brilliant book - single woman meets up with the love of her life, an ex from years ago. Exciting, full of suspense; goes back into Polly's past as well as present. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Lane
I've read a few of Ben Eltons books now and this was one of his more 'iffy' novels I have to say. The plot takes place over the course of one evening, and while there are a few... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sophie
This was a litle slow to get going, and initially felt like Ben Elton was trying to fill a book with a few jokes from his stand up, but once the story got going, it was a very well... Read morePublished 16 months ago by AleBeHonest
I enjoyed reading this, it was very easy to read. The plot was interesting, it's probably a good holiday readPublished 18 months ago by Jo-Anne
Totally enjoyed this. A bit of a thriller, in a way. I didn't see the twists coming. A good airport/holiday read.Published 20 months ago by P. Larrett
Although a good read, this was neither funny nor a sixpence novel. It fell between the two and so it wasn't that great.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by Tony Willson
It was worth a read some funny bits but not the best Ben Elton can produce. Liked Jack he was so macho.Published on 16 Jan. 2013 by Mrs E J Hill
My significant other said he was pretty sure I'd like this book so I gave it a go. The main characters are a bit improbable for a romance - a teenage Greenham Common peacenik and a... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2011 by Pickupsticks
This was the first Ben Elton book I read and I still love it. The tale of two unlikely former lovers (a soldier and a hippy peacenik who meet up again after many years) keeps you... Read morePublished on 31 May 2011 by StormSworder