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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747593175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747593171
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malcolm Pryce was born in the UK and has spent much of his life working and travelling abroad. He has been, at various times, a BMW assembly-line worker, a hotel washer-up, a deck hand on a yacht sailing the South Seas, an advertising copywriter and the world's worst aluminium salesman. In 1998 he gave up his day job and booked a passage on a banana boat bound for South America in order to write Aberystwyth Mon Amour. He spent the next seven years living in Bangkok, where he wrote three more novels in the series, Last Tango in Aberystwyth, The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth and Don't Cry for Me Aberystwyth. In 2007 he moved back to the UK and now lives in Oxford.

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'Hilarious' Daily Telegraph 'Malcolm Pryce is the king of Welsh noir ... Edgar Allan Poe meets Phoenix Nights in a flurry of blood-stained absurdity' Sunday Telegraph 'Inventive, funny and dark, Pryce packs more style into a sentence than most authors could hope for in volumes' Big Issue 'Pryce really is in a league of his own. If only Aberystwyth really was like this' Time Out

About the Author

Malcolm Pryce was born in the UK and has lived and worked abroad since the nineties. He has held down a number of jobs including BMW assembly-line worker, hotel washer-up and aluminium salesman. He is the author of Aberystwyth Mon Amour, Last Tango in Aberystwyth and The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 7 April 2007
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A Christmas setting for Louie Knight this time, but there's not much "comfort and joy" in Aberystwyth. A man in a Santa Claus suit has been viciously murdered and his body left in a state that wouldn't be out of place in the Da Vinci Code!! I loved its absurdity and fabulously descriptive writing, as I did with the other "Aberystwyth" novels, but I found this one much more reflective, a little darker and to be honest, much sadder, as many more brutal and needless killings occur. Of all four books, I think this one deserves the genre description "noir" the most. Very inventive and joyously ridiculous in parts, but not as many laughs this time, and some unfinished business - is the pin still in Mrs Llantrisant's photo?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rob Hymer on 15 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
As the other reviewer pointed out, probably the darkest of the four books, but not without great comedy moments. Answers the question of what Welsh hitmen should look like, and worth price of admission for that alone. Confusing from beginning to end, but that is after all the mark of a good noir detective story. Enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Marshall on 27 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
When you look at the ingredients of this book - dead Santas, Nazi hunters, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Welsh Secret Service - you'd be forgiven for assuming it to be a deranged work of bewildering surrealism. Malcolm Pryce, however, has the knack of making the bizarre seem believable - the oddness never hinders the plot and thus you're left with a genuinely gripping and inventive thriller populated with some undeniably unusual yet never ludicrous characters.

Much of the success of this series is down to Pryce's prose which is brilliantly evocative and leaves many better-known writers in the shade. In an ideal world Pryce would be as big as Pratchett.

One niggle - the Louie Knight books are promoted as comedies (the jacket describes this one as "hilarious") but they've never been over-burdened with laughs and, as other reviewers have mentioned, this volume is darker still. A little less introspection and a few more laughs would be nice next time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
These books are funny in a League of Gentlemen type way, deeply disturbing, macabre and with a strong vein of tragedy through them all. The quality of the writing is excellent. The creation of a fabulously fictitious world based in our reality is much like Jasper Fforde, but Pryce's work is darker and his style is more sparse and philosophical. Having lived in Lampeter, which gets a mention in the books more than once and knowing the area very well it heightens the comedic aspects more than if you didn't know where these places where and what they are like for real. Having said that, the books are still rich and rewarding within themselves. Louie is a strong character who has that wonderful gumshoe quality which makes him so appealingly retro and it's wonderful to see his father and Sospan again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Burdon on 6 Oct. 2007
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Unlike the other reviewers below I thought this the funniest of the four by a long way, but, like the story, the humour is darker and rather than dancing in front of you like a showgirl in a stovepipe hat, this time it hits you like lead pipe to the back of the neck.

The prose itself is first rate: taut and economical and for all that this series started out, ostensibly at least, as a pastiche, the plot and conception of Don't Cry for me Aberystwyth is finally revealing this series to be a surrealistic masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alun Williams VINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2008
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I bought the first of the Aberystwyth books recently because the cover reminded me of Jasper Fforde's "Nursery Crime" series, and he hasn't finished any new books lately. I wasn't disappointed: a completely ludicrous plot, set in an alternative unreality, but which is nevertheless very enjoyable with characters who are engaging. I didn't think the second was quite as good, though it would probably make a better choice as a Christmas present for an elderly Welsh relative. I haven't read the third yet, but didn't find that mattered much here.

This book has the word "Hilarious" on the front cover. I certainly didn't find it so - and the book was a little too dark and violent for me in places. But, overall, I enjoyed it more than either of the other two I have read. In parts it was more like a serious "literary" novel than a pastiche, and in those parts I found it was often more interesting and thought provoking than some supposedly "important" books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. E. J. Stradling on 7 July 2010
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Malcolm Pryce delivers everything I need for my reading pleasure.

Great use of language, witty observation, and mad plots.

If you love the weirdness and humour of Blackadder and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy there is a great chance that you will love this too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Darby on 21 Oct. 2009
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This is a very funny book. Superb prose, outstanding prose - paints pictures, creates images, makes you stop to pause with pleasure that you're reading such a well crafted work.

It is very welsh, the humour understands the welsh character and draws our idiosyncrasies to their logical conclusions. But non welsh friends have read it and loved it too. Definitely his best yet.
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