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Francis Plug: Writer in Residence by Paul Ewen
I recently read Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author and I have to say I loved everything about this book. It is a work of a genius. So incredibly funny. Well he is back. Francis Plug: Writer In Residence by Paul Ewen (Galley Beggar Press) is released on 4th October and I can promise you, if you loved the first instalment you are going to really enjoy this.
Well he has only gone and done it! Francis Plug is now an author, he has unleashed his book out into the world, but is the world ready for the now published author.
As you may recall if you have read the first book, our lovable character is pretty much penniless and lives in a garage which is no more than a box. So now Francis Plug has his book out there he needs to earn some money, so incredible he is offered the role of ‘Writer-in-Residence’ at Greenwich University. Now prepare for a barrel of laughs. Francis now realises that there are so many empty offices within the University and decides that one of them will fit the job as his home. There are one or two drawbacks, there is no bathroom for one and then what if someone discovers he has literally moved in?
Thanks to his boss in the Creative Writing Department is Dr Alex Pheby and he is arranging The Greenwich Book Festival and of course Francis jumps at the chance of helping, by trying to persuade his fellow famous writers to appear at the festival. Francis loves to attend author events, or is it just because there is free booze on offer. He tries his very best at every author event even at his own book signings were he seems to consume most if not all the alcohol on offer. Question is, do any of his famous author connection actually take up his offer.
As part of Writer-in-Residence at Greenwich University, Francis Plug is expected to write a novel, and talk to students at the Creative Writing Department. This means interacting with people, something that Francis dislikes especially students and he does his best to avoid any places where there are students and this includes a lot of the pubs in the area. Drink and Francis go hand in hand, yet he is finding he is being barred from a lot of the pubs he is using for his Campus novel.
By this time a lot of people connected to Greenwich University are just not sure about our boozy Francis Plug. There are many laugh out loud moments in this hilarious follow up novel. I attend lots of literary events every now and again you just get one and I have seen a few. I have to say Paul Ewen is fabulous writer and this is going to go down a storm. I loved Francis Plug: Writer In Residence. One I will happily raise a glass or three to. There is so much humour here, the humour just keeps on coming. What does become of Francis, and his home in the office at Greenwich University.
Next May when I am at the book festival at Greenwich University I will be wandering the corridors of this famous establishment just chuckling to myself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Thank you to Galley Beggar Press for the review copy of Francis Plug: Writer In Residence by Paul Ewen.
Francis Plug: Writer In Residence by Paul Ewen will be published on 4th October 2018 by Galley Beggar Press and is available to pre-order through Waterstones, Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.
We That Are Young by Preti Taneja
On the evening of the 20th June The Winner of the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize was announced in front of a packed invited audience with many more following via social media. This year’s winner was incredible We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press) the debut novel by Preti Taneja set to the backdrop of contemporary India but this is no ordinary story but one with Shakespeare’s King Lear at its heart.
Weighing in at over 500 pages this is by no means your average novel yet once I turned the first page I found this brave yet impressive story about modern India and its take on the country its inter family battles. I was all consumed and breathless by the time I had reached the last page. This indeed is a compelling debut novel and Taneja’s writing makes her a writer to watch for the future.
Indeed, with King Lear in mind Preti Taneja set about writing this incredible novel. There are the two India’s the extreme poverty and the very wealthy as well as the political machinations and cultures and of course corruption and scandal.
Jivan is returning to India. He has been living in the USA with his mother since the age of thirteen. Now years later the India he remembers has changed. The country has grown and with it has come wealth. But not for all. The years have passed and Sita is facing a marriage she does not want or wish for and she does not conform to her father’s wishes and traditions. She disappears. Devraj hands over the reins to ‘the Company’ to his two older daughters Gargi and Radha. Set to the backdrop of the anti-corruption riots of 2012 what takes place now is nothing short of brutal. The Company has fingers in so many industries and government officials and institutions that it is difficult to know where it begins and ends. It is of course who you know that gets you places and doors appear to open when they remain closed to the many. The story of Gargi and Radha is incredibly written by Taneja and how they become involved in the Company and what becomes of them both. This at times is both moving and painful.
When you want the best of both worlds there is always a collision of ideals, when you embrace change and the riches that come with it yet on the other hand you want the old culture of love and obedience something has to give. With many living in poverty and a minority enjoying the trappings of wealth. Change must come despite those that are determined to continue the traditions from generations past.
There is much to behold in this powerful story. You will hear from all the leading characters as they strive for more riches. Yet close by the extreme opposite. Many fighting hand to mouth to survive. There is so much contained within this all-consuming novel, the wealth and poverty and corruption that runs through India like a tradition. Superbly constructed I was riveted by We That Are Young and this is one book I really recommend.
Many congratulations to Preti Taneja on winning the Desmond Elliot Prize 2018 with We That Are Young.
The Desmond Elliot Prize is an annual prize for a first novel written in English and is published in the UK with a prize of £10,000 awarded to the winning author. Named after the literary agent and publisher Desmond Elliot.
Thank you to the Desmond Elliot Prize for the copy of We That Are Young by Preti Taneja
We That Are Young by Preti Taneja was published by Galley Beggar Press and was published on 10th August 2017 and is available through Waterstones, Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.