Knees Up Mother Earth (Brentford Trilogy) Paperback – 3 Dec 2009
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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""
Magic, time travel and football: not exactly your everyday combination - but the fate of mankind hangs upon the result. Of course.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Silly and bizarre. Beautifully read. It is exactly Rankin. You know what you are going to get.]
A decent Rankin romp along - nit as fresh as the first three, but not as lazy as many of the others. Ends abruptly, but as some others get a bit lost towards the end not bad.Published on 24 Jan. 2014 by Jo
one of my favourite authors is now on my kindle thank you amazon , cant wait to download the other ebooksPublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by Ms. Sian Jackson
Another winner from Mr R. A great read from beginning to end. One of the best in the ever expanding trilogy, and you can read it out of sequence.Published on 17 Nov. 2013 by Andy C
As always Robert Rankin gives a jolly good read. Eccentric, very English humour, puns and allusions abound for people of a similar age to Rankin.Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Martin Summers
The funniest book I've ever read. I had to put it down at times because my eyes couldn't focus I was crying with laughter . Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by Les Higginson
An enjoyable and funny read. The Stripes bar opening night and Burnley adventure are brill. Nearly up there with the classic Antipope, Triangle, Ealing tales.Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by s p cordwell
Another book in the brentford triangle trilogy!!! Looking forward to getting round to reading it when my sister finished with it.Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Mrs. S. E. Charles
Love the humour,the atmosphere around Brentford,the crazy FA Cup,and every characters played their part well. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2013 by davebristol