Never Admit To Beige was featured by Simon Mayo in his time on BBC Five Live. It was book of the month and was on my wish list for over 3 years. I'm glad I finally got round to buying it!
Written in the first person, it describes Trigg Harvey's quest to get his luck back, after it was taken away from him by a Fijian witch doctor.
It sails close to the wind with a relationship with a 16 year old girl that occasionally verges on the obscene (but always veers back to the absurd), but the funniest scenes are between Trigg and the Japanese man obsessed with the 80s.
It's a properly funny book with an original plot idea, which wavers between romantic comedy and mad cap caper (the closest I can come to some comparison is Johnny English, starring Rowan Atkinson), and it's a book that none of your friends will have read. So if you are heading for the sun, make sure you take this with you.
I really enjoyed the way this light-hearted story picked you up and carried you along with it. On reading the blurb there sounded to be such a mix of characters I wondered if I would find it confusing but instead I found them endearing and the bizarre situations and people in the book still make me smile now thinking back to them.
Drapes' debut is a masterpiece of modern literature - a real 'giggle on the tube' book. Placing a wayward pom smack bang in the middle of the Gold Coast, Drapes firmly grasps both the English and Aussie vernacular with fantastic results. For anyone wanting the confirmation that 'things could be worse', this book makes you feel secure knowing that actually they could be. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone - it is truly a great read, in fact I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a very long time!
I recently heard about this book on Simon Mayo's BBC Five Live book review show - Mayo loved it and so did I. I could not put this book down - and this from a person who does not normally read for pleasure. I really wanted/needed to know what would happen to poor old Trigg and I enjoyed reading about all the hilarious predicaments he found himself in. If you want a laugh, or just want to know more about the sunny Gold Coast, then you should do yourself a favour and read this book. You may get a few funny looks when you are raucously laughing to yourself on the tube/bus/plane but it will be well worth it.
Never admit to beige is one of the funniest books I've ever read. I loved the characters, especially the Yakuza guy obsessed with the 1980s. It's a great story, told in a witty and entertaining way. I didn't want it to end!
Never Admit to Beige had me laughing out loud on the tube much to the amusement of my fellow travellers. This fast paced book is great fun and I thorougly recommend it. I enjoyed reading about the main character, Trigg's adventures (or mishaps) and the various characters on the Gold Coast. This is a very funny story, yet amidst the comedy there are parts that are quite meaningful. I really enjoyed this book and I think Drapes is a very funny writer.