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Barcelona Plates By Alexei Sayle

Barcelona Plates
by Alexei Sayle

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A septuagenarian contract killer, a chronic hypochondriac, two zombie-creating comedians, a good samaritan and a man called Barnaby who drives a small white car. These are just a few of the inhabitants of Alexei Sayle's world; a world where life can at times be cool and dark, or blood-hot and violent - but always served up with a twist.
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Barcelona Plates by Alexei Sayle

A septuagenarian contract killer, a chronic hypochondriac, two zombie-creating comedians, a good samaritan and a man called Barnaby who drives a small white car. These are just a few of the inhabitants of Alexei Sayle's world; a world where life can at times be cool and dark, or blood-hot and violent - but always served up with a twist.

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Barcelona Plates Reviews


'His style is comic black, attritional, exasperated but he loves his characters as much as he makes them suffer. Most of all though, his work is full of ideas. This is his strength ... he packs his pages with twists and turns, pay-offs and surprises. All of which helps to make the book entertaining.' Express '[a] startlingly good collection of short stories ... Sayle has an impressive sense of place ... and a great sense of timing ... This is an excellent fictional debut, fizzing with anger and glee. Nor has he forgotten that old showbiz trick of leaving the audience wanting more.' Evening Standard 'This is without doubt one of the funniest books I've ever read and his forthcoming novel is that rare thing, a comic novel worth looking forward to.' Birmingham Post 'You will read them, re-read them, and never stop talking about them.' Muriel Gray 'One is struck by his acute observation, his savage humour, his ability to fill a page with more ideas than most people use for a whole book.' Scotland on Sunday 'An impressive debut collection of stories that are unusual, more than a little leftfield, and satisfyingly complete.' Mirror 'A brilliantly acute collection of short stories that cut to the quick of contemporary life... concise, starkly contemporary, [Barcelona Plates] boasts a waspish humour.' Glasgow Herald '14 bleak funny pitiless tales ... This is life looked at through the wrong end of a telescope, the vision of Nathaniel West in Miss Lonelyhearts, and to my mind just as good' -- Observer 'Sayle is a funny man, and these tales of pensioners-turned-hitmen, mysterious white Fiat Unos, and inveterate hypochondriacs defy you not to smile at the incremental absurdity of ordinary life.' -- The Sunday Times 'A cracking read .. dense with smart ideas, sour observations and loony rants' -- Independent on Sunday "Barcelona Plates will put a smile on your face and a chill down your spine" -- Time Out Alexei Sayle's manner on the page is the same as it is on screen and stage: arch, dessicated and menacing ... 'The Last Woman Killed in the War' is a thrilling and sensitive meditation on history, race and identity; confirming Sayle as a brilliant chronicler of big stories set in small worlds." -- The Times 'This book is a complete revelation to me ... It's punchy and real and you feel the real weight of a personality behind it. It's terribly funny, full of characters who come out of reality rather than out of other fiction, and I completely agree with those who say that the final story, 'The Last Woman Killed in the War' is a masterpiece. The end of it is one of the most extraordinary pieces of writing I can remember. Brilliant tragedy and brilliant comedy delivered in one stunning sentence. It reminded me of the awesome ending to Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust. More importantly, though, it reminded me most of nothing I'd ever read before.' -- Douglas Adams 'These stories are eventful, high-energy, unpredictable, implausible yarns, full of swearing, cars, guns and knives, alcohol, violence and mad people. And they're also very funny.' -- Independent 'There is not a single disappointment among the 14 tales here each manages to twist and turn its way through just enough pages, never outstaying its welcome and, more often than not, turning up a stonker of a surprise as a pay-off. In a criminally neglected genre, Alexei Sayle has just turned out to be one of the masters.' -- Big Issue

About Alexei Sayle


Alexei Sayle is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. His television work as a writer and performer includes The Young Ones, Alexei Sayle's Stuff, and The All New Alexei Sayle Show. He has written regularly for the Observer, Indepedent, Time Out, Car Magazine and Esquire and he has appeared in numerous films, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to Gorky Park and Swing

Additional information

GOR002181578
Barcelona Plates by Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
2000-02-17
288
0340767529
9780340767528
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.