Fags (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Book launch)

From: Charlie Williams ( cs_will@hotmail.com)
Date: 20 Feb 2006


Many (belated) thanks for this summing up of FAGS AND LAGER. I hear Serpent's Tail will distribute it in the USA in May this year, which means it will be at the specialist bookstores and maybe Borders (as DEADFOLK was), I guess. Actually I don't really know what it means.

Interestingly (to me, anyway) the publisher marketed DEADFOLK as crime fiction, and FAGS AND LAGER as just plain fiction. For KING OF THE ROAD they are back to crime fiction. Personally I think they're all as crime as each other.

Thanks again,



--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Karin Montin <kmontin@...> wrote:
> 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): http://charliewilliams.net/king.html
> Karin
> 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
> >Worcester (UK) on Feb 9th, at 6:30. All of you are welcome. I
> >the chances of a rare bird living nearby are slim to nil, but you
> >know.
> >
> >(KING OF THE ROAD is the last in the trilogy of books started with
> >
> >Cheers,
> >
> >Charlie Williams
> >
> >-------------------
> >charliewilliams.net

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