Bleak Expectations

by Mark Evans

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November 2012 Book of the Month.

Bleak Expectations began as a riotously funny Sony Award winning Radio 4 comedy but it was so amazing it has transformed itself into an equally splendid book. Featuring added jokes and lots of extra bits of story and additional dimensions to characters, it recounts the adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to repair his destroyed family and distinctly damaged life, aided by his best friend Harry Biscuit and definitely not aided by his cruel and ironically named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent and his accomplices, the fearsome Hardthrasher siblings. Add in grim circumstances, mistaken identities, unlikely inheritances, nightmarish court cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: Bleak Expectations is the novel Charles Dickens might have written after drinking far too much gin.

Bleak Expectations Synopsis

Weep! As Pip is sent to Britain's nastiest boarding school, St Bastard's. Gasp! As the true extent of his despicable guardian's plan becomes clear. Worry! As our hero is committed to the Workhouse, where he meets the hideous poverty-punishments of the treadmill, the grindstone and the painwheel. Sigh! As Pip finds love with London's most eligible frail beauty, Miss Flora Dies-Early. Find a tenterhook and sit on it!

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Bleak Expectations Press Reviews

'The funniest book since the one i haven't written yet.  Mark Evans sets the bar annoyingly high'  Robert Webb


Praise for the Radio 4 series:


'Mark Evans writes one of the wittiest, most ingenious scripts on the air, a Dickensian pastiche with a slight Rocky Horror Show echo.' (Daily Telegraph)


'A freshly minted comedy classic.' (The Guardian)


'Lightly punned and briskly acted, with some excellent sound effects, Bleak Expectations is expert stuff, in the manner of Blackadder.' (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer)


'...inspired lunacy.' (The Times)

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ISBN: 9781472103406
Publication date: 15/11/2012
Publisher: Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472103406
Publication date: 15th November 2012
Author: Mark Evans
Publisher: Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: TV tie-in humour,

About Mark Evans

Mark Evans has written really quite often for television and radio, including five series of Radio 4's Bleak Expectations, BBC2's The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff and That Mitchell and Webb Look. He is also the author of this book, the one you're holding or looking at now. He lives in North London with one wife, no dog and enough children, thank you, and can be bribed quite easily to do most things involving words.

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