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Pistache (original 2006; edition 2006)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0091797071, Hardcover)Some very interesting pieces from the pen of the bestselling author of Birdsong and Human Traces — a collection of clever, funny and surprising parodies, pastiches and air-shots, inspired by The Write Stuff on Britain’s Radio 4.
Here’s a small sample of Pistache pieces:
Thomas Hardy is sent to cover the big match.
Jane Austen braves a contemporary “dance”.
William Shakespeare writes a speech for Basil Fawlty.
Oscar Wilde tries to be an agony uncle.
Samuel Beckett writes a monologue for Ronnie Corbett.
Pistache will be received with great delight by fans of Sebastian Faulks.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:42:09 -0500)
From Thomas Hardy's football report to Dan Brown's visit to the cash dispenser, the work of the great and the not-so-great is here sent up with little hope of coming down. Most of these pieces began their life on Radio Four's 'The Write Stuff', but have been retooled for the printed page. Others, such as Martin Amis's first day at Hogwarts, have been written specially for this collection. Philip Larkin's Lines in Celebration of the Queen Mother's 115th Birthday, first banned, then cut by the BBC, appears in its entirety for the first time. This is not a book for the faint-hearted or the downstairs lavatory. It is a book for the bedside table of someone you cannot live without.
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