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My Little Armalite by James Hawes

John Goode is a leftie lecturer who just wants to give his beloved wife and kids a normal life. You know: north London, good schools, nice neighbours, sash windows... yes, you know. But who can afford that kind of normal these days? Goode can only daydream of becoming a television academic, or else of a bloody great economic crash that would make his job worth something again. So when he stumbles on a long-buried assault rifle whilst planting plum-trees for his children, he soon begins to wonder if this might be just the tool to seriously renegociate his family's future...

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Hawes has developed into a prolifically inventive and increasingly subtle satirist. Though the current novel features all his regular trademarks - black humour, sharp dialogue and a plot that goes off with all guns blazing in every respect - one senses that this book is also Hawes's homage to one of the great academic satires of the last century, Malcolm Bradbury's The History Man * Guardian * Very witty... Both laddish and slyly intelligent, Hawes has his cake and eats it * Daily Telegraph * Terrific black satire -- Toby Clements * Daily Telegraph * Hawes scatters pellets of satirical wit on the twitchy paranoia of the ageing liberal * Arena *


About the Author

James Hawes
James Hawes is the author of the best-selling A White Merc with Fins, Rancid Aluminium and Dead Long Enough, and was described by the Observer as 'the funniest British novelist writing today'.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st August 2009

Author

James Hawes

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099513254

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