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Knees Up Mother Earth (Brentford Trilogy) Paperback – 3 Dec 2009

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085459
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A very English form of insanity." --"Guardian"

"Crazy, classic Rankin." --"Daily Mirror "

"Crazy, classic Rankin." "Daily Mirror ""

"A very English form of insanity." "Guardian""

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Magic, time travel and football: not exactly your everyday combination - but the fate of mankind hangs upon the result. Of course.

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Format: Hardcover
You could read this if you have not read any Robert Rankin books (especially the previous Brentford books) but you will miss out on a lot of the fun to be had spotting recurring jokes and phrases and re-encountering old favourite characters. There are still numerous references and nods to other books, films, TV shows, football and music (both popular and obscure) ranging from The Simpsons to Predator, via HP Lovecraft so even newcomers can play the game.
I think it is safe to say that anyone who did enjoy the previous Brentford books will lap this one up, because it is more of the same, but with some of the ideas from 'The Witches Of Chiswick'. Obviously Pooley and O'Malley are the heroes, along with Professor Slocombe, and Neville and Norman Hartnel (not to be confused with the other Norman Hartnel) feature strongly, but there are appearances by most of the old cast of characters including Small Dave and Archroy. Just about the only person missing is Soap Distant. There is even an extremely brief cameo appearance by Cornelius and Tuppe!
The climax of the story is a football match which is like the famous darts match in the original trilogy but with eleven players on each side, and the council meeting early in the book is a classic scene. (It is easy to think of Rankin books in cinematic terms of scenes and a cast. It must be - all together now - a tradition or an old charter or something.)
Fans of the Brentford Books or Rankin generally will be reading this new book anyway, no matter what any review says, but they are going to enjoy this one. A lot.
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Fans of the Trilogy will enjoy this seventh manifestation of The Plot. Just as with our pair of comfy slippers, we can slide in to the mad world of Mr Rankin.
We discover a little more about the infeasibly aged Professor, gain a little more respect for our heroes, and can laugh at the inevitable disasters that befall our familiar characters.
For me, this book worked as well as the originals. Robert Rankin usually manages to have a page where he writes something so bizarre that you just have to stop and laugh uncontrollably in a public place - don't do as I did and read it on a trans-Atlantic flight!
So, regulars will know the plot, the characters and even the plot devices, but it's the way he tells it.
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This is great a Robert Rankin book, returning to his classic characters Omally and Pooley (and all at the Flying Swan) and to his favorate location; Brentford.
The surreal plot (no offense to Brentford Football fans) and hummor are present, and as good as ever. In fact I feel this book is a more "polished" and definative effort from Mr Rankin for some time.
I also think this is the book he always wanted to write; taking Brentford to the FA final!
Or does he? Im not telling. Using the 10-0 formation rather than 4-4-2 is always risky business!!
Rankin fans will really, really like this!
If your new to Rankin, probably best to start at the begining of the trilogy (six books back!)
Enjoy.
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With the seventh book in The Brentford Trilogy, Robert Rankin shoots and scores. A coherent plot (which isn't always a given with Mr Rankin), Pooley and Omally to the fore (which is always a good sign), and a load of running gags (which must be a tradition or an old charter or something) - one of the best books he's written in years. Very highly recommended.
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Brentford are going to win the Cup! No matter that they've not won a game all season; that their manager - the one and only Jim Pooley - until recently considered gambling (sorry, entrepreneurship) his vocation; or the hoards of evil beasties intent on stopping Jim and his bestest friend (John Omally, of course) from leading the way on a legendary FA Cup run.

Rankin is at his hilariously inventive best here, but don't be fooled into thinking this book has ANYTHING to do with football (well, anything more than your average England footballer's hastily ghosted autobiography, at least). This is the seventh book in the (now legendary) Brentford Trilogy, and it's really rather good.
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So, book seven in the Brentford trilogy eh? What Rankin does with Knees Up is very clever. He uses the same characters, the same plot (Brentonians to stop Armageddon) and a lot of the same gags that are present in many of the previous books. There's certainly a whole load of deja vu... and it's all good. The scenario of football is cleverly woven in to the Brentford mythology and creates a raft of new options for Rankin's masterful use of humour, running gags, insightful use of language and even some suspense. Rankin clearly enjoyed writing this book. Knees up is a slow starter but builds up well to an enjoyable conclusion. It's a tad too long as well, but certainly recommended.
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O'Malley and Pooley are truly marvellous characters and the Bretford Trilogy (yes, I know) is a superb collection. It is easy to see why Rankin has attracted a loyal following; not only is he a gifted storyteller but the absurdities of life in Brentford (or at least that part of it inhabited by the regulars of the Flying Swan) where bizarre goings on and strange happenings are the norm, are truly inspired.

Although all the books in the series are excellent, this one, to my mind is the best. It shows Pooley and O'Malley at the top of their game - performing defiantly, but abysmally, under pressure. The supporting cast is, as always, superb - if a little peculiar.
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