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Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century by Ron Butlin

Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century

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This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher’s Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch.

Living in mid-eighties Edinburgh, Hume feels somewhat bewildered by the changing social landscape. He observes, on one hand, that Thatcher’s “new policies were creating new wealth and opportunities, offering everyone the chance to set their own goals and succeed”. On the other, he’s aware of an obvious rise in inequality in the form of the increasing number of beggars he can see before his philosophical eyes. Amidst this growing divide, Hume sets up a business that caters to the increasingly greedy rich. The crisscrossing lives of the variously discontented characters – notably Hume, The Cat, St Francis and DD (aka Diana the Damned) – lay bare the era’s heady complexity: anger, frustration, and deep disparities, mixed with ambition and decadence. Complex, astute and often acerbic, this is an utterly involving depiction of a transformative period in British history. ~ Joanne Owen

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Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century by Ron Butlin

1985, Edinburgh. Thatcher's policies are biting deep - fat cats and street-kids, lovers, losers and the rest struggle to survive. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become too demanding ...Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires' Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.


2017 Books of the Year Billionaires
Banquet by Ron Butlin (Salt) brought back late 70s

/early 80s Edinburgh in all its witty dourness, sly exuberance, hidden charms and dodgy doings, then jumps to a version of Now. It's comic, political, scathing and page-turning. -- Andrew Greig * The Herald * This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher's Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch. * Lovereading * Insightful, funny, scathing, and farcical. * Our Book Reviews * A humane view of the UK's many economic crises? Is there such a thing? And would it make a good novel? Well, yes, the brilliant author Ron Butlin (who's only recently come to my attention) finds a compelling and realistic way of guiding some brilliant characters through from Thatcher's selfish individualism to today's global power and terror. * Nudge Magazine * Butlin writes exuberantly but not without an undertone of despair. Wild comedy and satire alternate with bleak social observation. The characters are types rather than individuals. That's not surprising; this is a novel of ideas. * The Scotsman * Billionaires
Banquet, by Ron Butlin, is a wry tale of a group of Edinburgh students living in Thatcher

's Britain. They are on the cusp of the rest of their lives, ready to move beyond their years of drink fuelled casual sex in the cold and cluttered bedrooms of cheap shared accommodation. * neverimitate * Billionaires'
Banquet is, first and foremost, a hugely entertaining novel. It

's fast-paced, very funny, and with characters whose joie-de-vivre is simply irresistible. A cracking good read. * Bookmunch * At the core of Billionaires'
Banquet is an entertaining knockabout comedy about the way early ambition is tempered by reality, or how noble principles inevitably give way to self

-interest. * The Herald * The language is sharp, funny and considered, and lends credence to Butlin's reputation as an author of tremendous talent. * The List * Brilliant! ... a suavely compelling, ceaselessly inventive entertainment ... delivered with delirious aplomb ... Butlin is both a master farceur and a merciless satirist. -- Ronald Frame * Scottish Review of Books *

About the Author

Ron Butlin

Before becoming a writer, Ron Butlin was a pop-song lyricist, a footman, barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. Widely translated, his work has twice been awarded a 'Best Foreign Novel' prize. His previous novel, Ghost Moon, was nominated for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2016. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire.

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15th April 2017


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304 pages


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