book price comparison desmond elliott 2017
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

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

Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century

Literary Fiction   Relationship Stories   The Real World   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

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

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander Mccall Smith

One very lucky winner will receive a signed copy by Alexander McCall Smith of his latest novel, The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 January 2018. The winner will be notified by 15th January 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/01/2018

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

15th April 2017

Author

Ron Butlin

More books by Ron Butlin
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.ronbutlin.co.uk/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Salt Publishing

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
The Real World
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781784631000

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools