Saturday, 17 May 2008

Colin Watson - "The Naked Nuns"


Hilarious. One of a series of books about the town of Flaxborough. “Sharp, stylish and wickedly funny.” Need one say more?
Written over a period of 24 years there are 13 Flaxborough novels:-

Coffin, Scarcely Used (1958)
Bump in the Night (1960)
Hopjoy Was Here (1962)
Lonelyheart 4122 (1967)
Charity Ends at Home (1968)
Flaxborough Chronicle (1969)
The Flaxborough Crab (1969)
aka Just What the Doctor Ordered
Broomsticks Over Flaxborough (1972)
aka Kissing Covens
The Naked Nuns (1975)
aka Six Nuns and a Shotgun
One Man's Meat (1975)
aka It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
Blue Murder (1979)
Plaster Sinners (1980)
Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby? (1982)

Sadly they are all out of print. Second-hand bookshops here come…
This is one of GB’s books and I have a feeling that if I were to work my way through all the readable books in his bookcase I should be here for a long time.

COLIN WATSON was born in 1920 and died in 1982. He seems to have been a bit of a ystery with hardly an criticisms or biographical notes available about him apart from one website which comments “He was one of the most wildly funny writers England has produced, which is saying something. He was also a brilliant stylist -- he's certainly the only crime writer I know of who has been compared to William Faulkner -- and an inventive and devious crafter of mysteries.”

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