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The Unspeakable Skipton [Hardcover]

Pamela Hansford Johnson , Ruth Rendell
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Jan. 1 2002 Prion Humour Classics
Daniel Skipton, a wonderfully horrible comic character, is an English author living in the Belgian city of Bruges. Ruth Rendell describes him as 'poverty-stricken, appallingly rude to everyone, a master of language and a raging paranoiac.' He lives in an attic, nursing innumerable, imaginary grievances. He is foul to his long-suffering publisher and grossly unappreciative of the relative upon whose generosity he depends. Yet he makes us laugh and we even end up admiring his talent for the pithy phrase. Unable to get his second book published, he lives by his wits, striving for ways to 'turn a dishonest penny.' He meets a group of people even grubbier than he : a crooked antiques dealer, an Italian 'count', a group of foolish English aristocrats and Mimi - who presides over some unusual revels. The fun begins when they all try to outwit each other.

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Skipton is a superb comic creation. -- The New Statesman

The best-handed comic writing we have had for some time. -- The Guardian

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Pamela Hansford Johnson's work is now almost entirely out of print despite the fact that she is a very fine novelist. But with the recent reading of one of her books on BBC Radio Four, interest in her work is reviving.

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5.0 out of 5 stars funny (if you have a sense of humor) Aug. 12 2002
I'm halfway through this book. It's hilarious. Very
vivid. I've never read anything quite like it. The
fact that grumpy idealogues are denouncing it here is
a sign of how wickedly funny it is. (Grumpy idealogues
are oblivious to funny, but they have a good nose for
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