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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (16 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091958482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091958480
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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"Discovering Scarfolk is a hilarious novel filled with so-creepy-it’s funny illustrations and a relentlessly silly back story...The entire thing is a well-deserved and cunningly observed parody of modern Britain, reminiscent of Jonathan Swift at times...The discomfort simply makes the gags funnier and the result is a book that is genuinely laugh out loud funny but also makes you wonder what is wrong with you. The laughter will stay with you for some time, as will the commentary."
-Starburst Magazine

"The parodies are so accurate you'll never look at the real thing in the same way again....A 'Must Read'."
-SciFi Now Magazine

"Beautifully realised."
- SFX Magazine

"The clever perfection of the parody images, combined with the Pythonesque word play and riffs on the stranger aspects of British culture, are a masterpiece in absurdist horror."
-The Daily Grail

From the Back Cover

Welcome to Scarfolk...

Imagine you and your family are held captive in a town that is forever locked in the 1970s.

If you cannot imagine it, just think what it would be like.*

*For more information please re-read.

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Recently my wife and I traveled and, having enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, decided to read a travel guide to remind us of the good times. While we have visited several places, we did not want a guide to one of those towns because we had already been there. Instead, we opted to "Discover Scarfolk", as it were. Initially I was both excited and frightened by the cover of this book due to the promise of a free map and rabies hand wipes. I was thrilled at the prospect of adding a new map to my map collection (up to nearly 8 now!) but quite fearful of the rabies wipes. My wife assured me that these were wipes meant to free you of rabies, not to give you rabies, but I remained cautious. I was happily disappointed upon receipt of the book to find that the notice of a map and wipes were just another "come on" you see so often, like airline peanuts or the Child Tax Credit.

The book itself is beautiful. It is sturdy and does an excellent job killing insects and spiders, and the cover does not absorb stains from smashed insects and spiders. The color plates, which are plentiful, are color-fast and hold their ink regardless of the number of times you lick them. The writing is clear and strives to down-play any occult themes or origins. It is refreshing to see very little violence or incest depicted, unlike other popular books such as the works of Stephen King, the Game of Thrones series, or the Bible.

Most important of all, this book has convinced my wife and me to visit Scarfolk. We are saving up now so that we can go immediately upon her death as I recently learned (LifePro Tip!) that the deceased get in to England free (I am not sure if that is true of Britain)! Add that to what you save by your spouse flying cargo class and you are seeing significant savings!
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Early copies of this great book were unfortunately printed in error with a low image quality. It has been very quickly reprinted and now looks as it should have done - sharp and great quality. Everybody who's got a bad one should get in touch with the publisher Ebury on scarfolk@eburypublishing.co.uk and they will organise a replacement, like they did with me - very smooth.

Finally! The marvellous idea that is Scarfolk is now available to peruse IN YOUR SWEATY HANDS!

Can't wait for the next one.
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By Peter Lee VINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2015
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The cover of this book caught my eye in a local bookshop - it looks almost weathered and worn, and has an authenticity to it, as though it is a forgotten guidebook, which in some ways is exactly what it sets out to be.

Scarfolk is a fictional town in the north-west of England and is apparently trapped in the 1970s. All manner of sinister events occur, and the council are clearly keen on public information posters, many of which are printed in the book. In case you haven't guessed the book is humour, but of a very dark "League of Gentlemen"-esque nature, with many echoes of classic horror films such as "The Wicker Man" thrown in. The graphical side of the book is stunning, the posters being things of sinister beauty, and as a child of the 1970s they reminded me of the terrifying public information films that interspersed TV shows back then. I did make a bit of a scene on the train one day when I was reading this on my way to work as I started laughing out loud, especially at the section called "The Missing Years" where there is a collection of unrelated bits and pieces from the town, and I loved the part about music, such as the album "Space Minstrel" by a group called Beige. There is also a narrative to much of the book, where a man travelling through the country with his sons stops in Scarfolk and suddenly his children go missing, and the book supposedly forms his dossier of information on the town. but for me the narrative aspect was the least successful part of the book - I greatly preferred the more random sections, where different aspects of the town were covered. For me the laughs did fizzle out somewhat towards the end, as though the book peaked around the half-way mark for me.
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First off, the content of this book is worth five stars; definitely the funniest thing in its class since The League of Gentlemen. However, the print quality is so poor, many of the graphic exhibits (of which I've come to love about the initial blog), are ineligible. So much so it takes away some of the enjoyment. I hope the publishers correct this error soon; it does a great disservice to the author of Discovering Scarfolk to see his work let down so.
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Thrilled this book has been made. Scarfolk is a perfect comedy - or horror - creation. If you liked the sensibility of The League of Gentlemen at their darkest, you'll love this. Littler's frame of reference is wide and the visuals brilliantly observed and realised. He's more than a one-trick pony, there's a whole dystopic world (or corner of Northern England) in these pages, weaving together small town paranoia, supernatural beliefs, surveillance, indoctrination, intoxication, brain-washing, owl-eating, xenophobia, mind-control and the rationing of light and air. If you like any of those things - and I like all of them - then you might just get a kick out of this book.
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