An old Novel

I'm only putting this back following the move because people keep asking me to. I had a long self-exculpatory intro at the old site, but what it boils down to is that I was young when I wrote this and among other flaws it's slightly too indebted to various people. Mostly in a fairly healthy and natural way for a young man, but I should acknowledge here that the punchline of an early chapter is ripped off from the film 'What's Up Doc' (unconsciously, I forgot) and one of the main characters shares a catchphrase with Ignatius J Reilly from 'Confederacy of Dunces' (deliberately I think, the character in question being given to literary allusion). A couple of people have suggested it's reminiscent of the film 'Withnail and I' in places. Re-reading it, yes, perhaps too much so at times, although at the time I wrote it I was so comfortable with that I actually pitched it to publishers (it was rejected many, many times) as 'Withnail and I meets...' - something else, I forget what, I suppose Evelyn Waugh would be the other main influence, although it could definitely stand to be a lot more like Waugh. I had gone out of my way to cut out what I thought were the more overt Withnail-isms, but was happy for it to be vaguely school-of. I had always loved that kind of snob-snot-fop-bitch literary character anyway, and I really did know someone like that (actually three people contributed in some way to the character of Forbes).

Anyway here it is. Some people are devoted to it in a way that touches and baffles me, but overall the proportion of people who enjoy the other writing on this site who've managed to read this is quite small. A lot of it makes me wince now but I suppose it does have its moments, especially when it gets going.

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24

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