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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (6 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552139246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552139243
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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
Apocalypso
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code
Necrophenia

Product Description

Review

"[Rankin] does for England what Spike Milligan does for Ireland. There can be no higher praise." Mail on Sunday

From the Back Cover

Raymond's had a rough couple of days. Snatched from his allotment by a flying starfish from Uranus and sold as a delicacy in a Venusian food market, it seems like his luck had changed when he is rescued by the travelling circus.

But then this isn't an ordinary circus; this is the circus of Professor Merlin, which drifts between the planets in a Victorian steamship, a circus whose artistes perform the feats that simply can't be done. And the professor has a little job for Raymond. Release the two hundred people held captive on Saturn and save Planet Earth from extinction by Friday.

Raymond's best friend Simon has been having a rough time too. Hunted by the men in grey, Simon is falsely accused of being a serial killer and is thrown into the clutches of the sinister B.E.A.S.T. (an End Times cult that worships the demonic half-man half-chicken, Sate-Hen).

Even with the book from the future and those villagers with the flaming torches to help them out, getting things sorted by Friday could be cutting it fine...


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
It pointless trying to comment on the plot of a Robert Rankin book. Suffice to say this is hugey and wildly inventive, peppered with ridiculous running gags and authorial asides, violent, bizarre, totally prepostorous and massivley entertaining.
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Y'know, I get to a point where I can't tell if I've read one of Rankin's books or not, but that's ok. I like the familiar feeling, like greeting an old (if somewhat predictable) friend.

In a pub.

With many ales in the offing.
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By Mr. B. Williams on 1 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This Tv Drama/comedy/satire-writing -acting & casting at it's absolute best Thank you for this Alan Plater music too.!!!! We watch it again and again always fresh and delightfull
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 1999
Format: Paperback
Oh how we laughed as a carriage load of commuters looked up in suprise at the young man who had just snorted a load of Fanta out of his nose, all because he was laughing so hard.
The sad thing is, if he'd explained that he was laughing at a character's name, and actually had stated that name, they would have given him withering looks. Instead, he had to pretend to be ill.
It's a very funny book, although not Rankins best. But read it anyway, and if you don't laugh at Long John's last name, you're a better man than I.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
Interestingly Robert Rankin's 10th novel is his first truly standalone book, though one suspects that the only reason Pooley and Omally have been replaced by the none too-dissimilar Simon and Raymond is that the scope of the story, complete with a second Earth around our own, and aliens throughout the galaxy farming humans for meat, is so far removed that of the Brentford books. During the very first chapter Simon and Raymond are split up - Simon finds himself combating a Sate-Henic cult while attempting to strike it rich with some help from a book from the future, while Raymond finds himself joining Merlin in an interplanetary circus that is attempting to save the doomed Earth - and the rest of the novel is told in alternating sequence telling their stories. Surprisingly the pair never meet up again, and while their tales are tangentially linked for the most part their stories function as two separate tales running side by side. While there's some inventive material here, and some decent jokes, I somehow didn't find this to be as enjoyable as Rankin's best work - in a way, it's so over the top and knowingly corny that it doesn't quite work. A good, funny book - but not one of Rankin's better novels.
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