Re: RARA-AVIS: Book launch

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 28 Jan 2006

Thanks for the invitation, Charlie, but the closest I'll get to Worcester in the foreseeable future will be watching Jeeves and Wooster.

I'm looking forward to King of the Road. The first two books were great. (I wanted to say wizard, for some reason, but caught myself.)

It seems that no one's actually talked about Fags and Lager (the second in the trilogy begun with Deadfolk) here, though it's gotten coverage on a number of Web sites, so I'll just say a few words.

The narrator, Royston Blake, has a strong, original voice and personality. I really enjoy a good dialect (we've had this discussion before and not everyone feels the same way) well rendered, and Charlie is a master. It feels like Blakey's standing there telling you the story, which moves along at a good clip.

Blakey's out of the mental hospital and back on the door at Hoppers, where's it's struck him the youth of Mangel seem curiously lifeless. Then a local shopkeeper offers to pay Blakey to "sort out" his daughter's boyfriend--pay him in fags and lager. Things just sort of go on from there. Colourful characters, a twisty plot and violence as required (though to my relief Susan does not make a comeback) add up to a good, fast read.

As the Guardian says, "the more politically correct among you can read this as social comment, the rest can just enjoy the ride."

For an idea of what Royston Blake sounds like, listen to Charlie as he reads from King of the Road (Firefox might not download the file properly):


At 10:56 AM 20/01/2006 +0000, Charlie wrote:

>Hello rara avians.
>I am having a launch for my new book KING OF THE ROAD at Ottakars in
>Worcester (UK) on Feb 9th, at 6:30. All of you are welcome. I realise
>the chances of a rare bird living nearby are slim to nil, but you never
>(KING OF THE ROAD is the last in the trilogy of books started with
>Charlie Williams

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