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The Complete Pat Hobby [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foreman
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Book Description

Pat Hobby, the forty-nine year old screenwriter, is back.

Richard Foreman brings F. Scott Fitzgerald's comic creation back to life - his cynicism, alcoholism and bad luck - in a collection of wonderfully funny and melancholy short stories.

Foreman, the acclaimed author of the Raffles series of books, injects his trademark dry wit and surprise twists into each story, whilst honouring the spirit of Fitzgerald's original sketches.

The Complete Pat Hobby includes the following stories.

Hobby's Horse

Pat Hobby is back. He has a new contract, a new secretary and he is writing a script for one of Hollywood's biggest stars - the horse, Ajax. Pat duly treats himself to a few drinks to celebrate, but the morning after brings more than just a headache.

Pat Hobby's Last Shot

Pat is a man with a plan. He is going to extract some money out of his ex-wife and her new husband for a film project. How? He is going to pretend to be dying. He has the morals (or lack of) and the plot for the movie. But is he in possession of that most precious of commodities in Hollywood, good luck?

Too Darn Hot

Pat Hobby is taking the afternoon off work. It's too hot to work, he argues. Sleep beckons, as Pat is about to rest his head upon the bar - but the voice of an angel, the would-be actress Grace Turner, arouses him.

"Nobody Ever Became A Writer By Just Wanting To Be One"

"The lunatics have taken over the asylum," Pat remarks. A box office star, Robert Earle, has demanded that he produce the screenplay for his next picture. Pat is sent over to his hotel suite to assist him. Earle is handsome, intelligent and charming. He is everything that Pat is not, but opposites can attract.

“Can’t Repeat The Past? Why Of Course You Can!”

Pat Hobby has been commissioned to re-write a classic film script, one that he worked on in the past. If Pat can turn around the script in time he might then be able to turn his fortunes around. But fortune favours the brave, rather than the inept.

Pat Hobby’s Race Against Thyme

It’s the day of the big race and Pat Hobby needs to pick the right horse, not least because he needs to pay off his bar tab at Malley’s Tavern. Pat meets Sally, an attractive and lucky tipster. Will Pat win the race and the girl?

Whisky Galore

“The lunatics have taken over the asylum,” the veteran director Frank Bradman exclaims, as forty-nine year old screenwriter Pat Hobby is given a part as an extra in a movie. Pat has just one line to deliver, in his role as a drunk. But unfortunately Pat may be taking his role too seriously.

“It’s Everybody’s Fight.”

Europe is at war, but Pat Hobby’s current battle is to convince the British actor Nigel Chester to sign up to a career in Hollywood. The two men find an ally in each other, but how much will Pat prove to be his own worst enemy again?

Praise for Raffles: The Complete Innings:

“Classy, humorous and surprisingly touching tales of cricket, friendship and crime.”

(David Blackburn, The Spectator).

Praise for A Hero of Our Time:

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.' (Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Praise for Warsaw:

"Warsaw is a work of power. It has the authentic feeling that pulses from an important book. The meticulous research and psychological insights light up one of the most ghastly episodes in the history of man's inhumanity to man."
Patrick Bishop, author of Fighter Boys and A Good War.

About The Author

Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling Kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of Warsaw, a literary novel set during the end of the Second World War. He lives in London.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 164 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (5 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO734GY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new Pat Hobby 14 May 2013
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As much as Gatsby is elusive and charming, Pat Hobby is confronting and selfish. In this modern resurrection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Pat Hobby Stories, the down-and-out screenwriter is once again on the look-out for monetary and occupational gain but his inclination for whiskey is doing nothing for his already dwindling career. A gun "that has fired too many blanks of late", according to his boss, is apt in describing the hack of a screenwriter first penned to paper by Fitzgerald and now by Richard Foreman.

In The Complete Pat Hobby, Richard Foreman creates his own collection of `Hobby stories'. Pat's attempts to make something of himself inevitably end up a disaster and his incapability, or perhaps more accurately unwillingness, to accept that he is merely a blast from the past adds to the bitter undertone that prevails in the stories. Whether he is destroying his latest job opportunity, failing at winning the girl or frittering away his last dollars, Pat Hobby provides laughs-a-plenty, a shot of fame followed by a highball glass of cynicism. A must-read for any Fitzgerald fans, Foreman proves there is life in the old boy yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded collection. 14 May 2013
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Full of wry humour and laugh out loud moments. Stories are short (perhaps too short in some cases) but together they form a well rounded collection, full of pathos, satire and even the odd touching scene where Hobby finds a conscience. Although short on lengthy descriptions and character descriptions Foreman still manages to conjure up a picture of Hollywood that is drink-soaked, money-driven, cynical and authentic. Not sure if stories will be to everyone's taste, but do give them a go if a fan of Fitzgerald and the golden age of Hollywood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragi-Comic Short Stories 13 May 2013
Very funny comic vignettes based upon F. Scott Fitzgerald character, Pat Hobby. Each story is short, but still manages to insert plenty of gags, a tragi-comic twist and flesh out Hobby a little. The author clearly has an affection for the character, despite or because of his failings. Favourite stories were It's Everybody's Fight and Nobody Ever Became a Writer by Just Wanting to be One. A worthwhile lunch time or commute read. Collection could have used one longer story in my opinion, but don't let that put you off.
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