Above a small village in Spain, an English costume designer sees a bright shining star lurch abruptly across the sky. On Christmas Day a strong, silent man with blank eyes enters Bar Noche Azul. Only a thirteen year old boy could have guessed that there was any connection between the two. Wonderfully inventive, darkly funny, thoughtful and full of glorious one-liners, Mister Roberts is both an original coming-of-age story and an unusual take on the corrupting influence of power.
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'[Alexei Sayle] is still among the very few comedians to write fiction which can be taken seriously as literature ... It's also extremely funny.' -- Independent on Sunday 'It's filled with wry observations, likeable characters and a sense of imagination.' -- Elle 'Sayle's writing fizzes with a savagely inventive energy, wit and biting satire' -- Daily Mail 'A brilliant writer...a great novelist' -- Richard and Judy 'This is a funny, frightening book which is also refreshingly bonkers. It's meticulously plotted and persuasive.' -- Guardian on THE WEEPING WOMAN HOTEL 'This is a novel composed of surreal flights of fancy and spot-on comedy.' -- Independent on THE WEEPING WOMAN HOTEL 'He could be our new Kingsley Amis.' -- Sunday Express 'Sayle is very funny, gabbling out a story that is as tall as a tower block and ridiculously entertaining' -- The Times 20081122 'considered pitch-perfect prose of a talented novelist who also happens to have a wildly perverse imagination, and a store of beautifully delivered one-liners' -- Scotsman 20081122 'It's brilliant! It's very funny... very touching without laying on the sentiment.' -- Jenny Colgan 20081122 'It's even better than they say' -- Clive James, Sunday Telegraph on OVERTAKEN 20081122 'Being able to wrap up a big moral conundrum with the guise of a fizzing entertainment is a considerable gift...it is wonderfully entertaining' -- Jonathan Coe, Guardian on OVERTAKEN 20081122 'MISTER ROBERTS has the best qualities the man himself exudes in his comedy work: brains, wit and welcome absurdity. But there is also a surprising amount of warmth... it is a fine short novel, the perfect present for all your warm-hearted, secular humanist friends this Christmas' -- Guardian 20081220
About Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle is the author of two highly-acclaimed short story collections and two novels.
Mister Roberts by Alexei Sayle
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