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Ben Elton
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Book Description

2 Jan 2006

Stark is a secret consortium with more money than God, and the social conscience of a dog on a croquet lawn. What's more, it knows the Earth is dying.

Deep in Western Australia where the Aboriginals used to milk the trees, a planet-sized plot is taking shape. Some green freaks pick up the scent: a pommie poseur; a brain-fried Vietnam vet; Aboriginals who have lost their land...not much against a conspiracy that controls society. But EcoAction isn't in society: it just lives in the same place, along with the cockroaches.

If you're facing the richest and most disgusting scheme in history, you have to do more than stick up two fingers and say 'peace'.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (2 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552773557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552773553
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time.

He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty.

He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You.

He is married with three children.

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Ben Elton's earth-shattering début novel.

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Ben Elton’s earth-shattering début novel.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Elton at his hilarious best. 17 Mar 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
This book is possible the finest of Ben Elton's creations. The plot hangs around a corporate conspiracy known as 'Stark', the characters do not fulfil the the cliqued romantic ideals which is all to common in modern novels. Any reader can closely identify with the characters, and therefore can be embraced by the humour in it. It confirms the fact that recognition comedy, in which the reader can feel an empathy with the characters is the best kind of comedy. Everybody knows a 'C.D' or a 'Sly Moorcock', and it is good to have a bloody good laugh at their expense. The centre of the novel is ecological concern, it is written with a clear deveotion to the cause and despite the book principally being a comedy the passion and charm it is written with makes it an extremely moving book. The above factors are added to by virtue of Adrian Edmonsons exceptionally expressive voice brings the text to life. After listening to Stark, you will never be complacent about the environment again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I don't think I've ever read a novel that improved so much as I read. From a slow beginning focusing on the less-than-compelling character of CD (obviously Elton's alter ego), more and more wonderful characters were introduced and the plot became surpisingly involving, till I was sorry to see my train pull in because it meant I would have to close the book. Waits for the bus became unnoticeable because I was so absorbed in what would happen next. Towards the end I literally couldn't put it down. I truly didn't expect the Stark Conspiracy to take the turn it did and it frightened me reading about the ecological destruction that seems inevitable if the facts Elton cited are true. I find myself in the position of many of the characters, just feeling helpless and hoping that "they" will find a way to fix it. I knew Elton was funny from watching Young Ones and Blackadder but I didn't expect such strong sense of storytelling and a bleak outlook from him. He creates many fine characterizations; most memorable are the burnt out Vietnam vet Zimmerman, his hippie buddy Walter (you'll recognize shades of Neil from the Young Ones in this guy), the uber-sarcastic Mrs. Culboon, rich car-phone fanatic Aristos Tyron, the exceedingly evil Professor Durf, and especially Stark Conspirator Sly Moorcock, who becomes the novel's most tragic figure. "Stark" also has a couple of strong heroines in Rachel and Chrissie. Now if Elton had just done something about that CD...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Rather Good 15 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
I've read a few of Eltons books now and consider this one probably the best. The plot is about a global conspiracy by the rich as they destroy the earth due to their un-enivronmentally friendly policies and a group of people who attempt to stop them.
It's fairly fast paced stuff and funny enough in places. All of the characters are fun, though several of them are heavy handed stereotypes though this is not really supposed to be a serious book so it fits nicely enough.
The only real weakness is Eltons determination to get his point over about how much damage is being done to the environment. He continually makes asides which whilst being interesting enough and I'm sure accurate and relevant, they somehow break the flow of the book and I think the point could have been made a lot more effectively.
Still a good book with some nice twists and turns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Elton's Best 21 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Stark was apparently Ben Elton's first novel, and although the writing is pretty good and shows promise, it's easy to tell--especially judging it against his later novels. Stark comes across as the work of somebody trying to find their own distinct voice, somebody still learning their craft. The main problem is that the story didn't go anywhere, and the scenes were very choppy, broken into little segments, sometimes pointless segments which were only there, it seemed, so that Ben Elton could write a semi-humorous observation about something random. It's almost as if he had so many ideas and jokes to cram in that every now and then he would drop in a joke or scene for the sake of it. He's since become a much more polished writer, and is now able to integrate jokes into scenes, so that they appear a little more legit.

Anyway, the book was boring, the characters not particularly engaging, and Ben Elton had a really annoying habit of putting two exclamation marks at the end of certain sentences. As if one exclamation mark wasn't enough, I had to be burdened with seeing two of them crop up all over the page. It was annoying.

Aside from that I'd recommend you read any other Ben Elton book apart from this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stark, Ben Elton. 20 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
Great read.... This is one of Eltons finest novels that keeps you guessing right until the end. The characters complement eachother perfectly. From Sly and Tyron to Zimm and Walter.
The novel draws you in with its dry but comical prose but addresses some very serious issues concerning the polluted state of the world, and what may happen if we do nothing about it.
It is very easy to associate with the leading characters like CD and Rachel and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thing 1 July 2001
Format:Paperback
Ben Elton's first ever novel and one of the best. It's about five rather strange creatures trying to save the world, but curiously after half of the book the reader knows they won't succeed. I was hoping and suffering with them until a point short before the end, when I suddenly wanted to stop them doing what they were going to do, because the character of Sly had developed to quite a nice guy....Great book, but only four stars, because I did read "Inconceavable", also by Ben Elton. That's even more wonderful. I recommend both books!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to save the planet with attitude
This is not my favourite Ben Elton but the sentiment is universal. We are all turning our planet into a rubbish heap and Ben cynically exposes the reasons why people do it and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula L
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent product
This is an excellent product and the service was also spot on, so I 100% recommend this product to everyone :)
Published 4 months ago by MR JOHN D MORRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning?
This is the second time I've read this book, now and about 10 years ago. The message was there, and still 10 years on we've done nothing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. A. Linwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love Ben Elton,always makes a valid point ,while telling a good story.Full of humour,but makes you stop and think.Excellent.Never disappopints
Published 6 months ago by Stew
5.0 out of 5 stars First and Best
I've read almost all Ben Elton's books and for me, this is still the best.
The characters are well defined, classic stereotypes in some cases but instantly you understand... Read more
Published 7 months ago by IAN SANDERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Elton at his best - good story, humorous and could not be put...
Ben Elton at his best - good story, humorous and could not be put down.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a laugh.
Published 9 months ago by Adam Jacklin
3.0 out of 5 stars Escape from Earth (and your Mother)
A ludicrous plot line with the worlds billionaires building a secret space launch station in the Australian desert to enable them and their wives/ girlfriends to escape Earth side... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Baraniecki Mark Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Never been more pertinent...
Having first read this in 1989, it feels even more apt today with our extreme world order: greed and money at the expense of civilisation and environment. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bess75
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book. It's funny and gripping enough to keep you utterly absorbed but deep and intellectual at the same time to give this impression of an enormous story despite being... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Dr. E. Bruce-lomba
5.0 out of 5 stars stark
bought this as an ebook, fantastic easy reading, humorous with a serious and obvious message, this book should be put into the school reading programme, may encourage kids to... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by mac
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