Nabob of Bombasta Now Available

Happy All Fools Day!  Brian Barritt’s unacceptable masterpiece The Nabob of Bombasta is NOW AVAILABLE!  Buy from Amazon, order signed copies from here, or just download for free.

…reads like Douglas Adams possessed by some unnameable horned god” – Orlando Monk

I have to say that the Nabob of Bombasta is probably the most ridiculous book I have ever read, and that it had me laughing like a gibbon from page 1…. Gloriously ludicrous, magnificently deranged” – CJ Stone

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April 1, 2010 at 6:11 am 1 comment

Big Changes for La Vie D’Arthur

This lovely thing is the first copy of La Vie D’Arthur, which was to be published on May 1st.  It will be the only copy.  We’re not going to publish that book now.  No, we’re going to publish 2 books instead.

To recap: Arthur Pendragon, a notorious Druid King, and CJ Stone, a remarkable writer, produced a book called The Trails of Arthur which was published to much acclaim in 2003. The Big Hand intended to reprint this book.  CJ wanted to rewrite a few bits, Arthur wanted to use his preferred title, and The Big Hand wanted a less shit cover.  The result is what you see here.  And it is a marvellous thing in its own right.

Except… there was some concern that those who had read Trials might buy it, thinking that it was a new book.  And while it had new bits, it wasn’t different enough to justify buying twice.  Then there was the new cover, by photographer Vanessa Winship. Vanessa had managed to capture something about Arthur that CJ felt the original book had not.

Then something happened to CJ.  Christ knows what it was, he started to write about Arthur again and words just started pouring out.  A few short questions in an email would produce thousands of words in response. Longer essays about the original book followed.  A new book, a sequel, is starting to emerge.  It has to, really, he will burst otherwise.  Some strange Spirit has taken him.  It is best to stand back and not interfere.

Arthur himself is far calmer about the whole thing.  It turns out that he recently wrote another 70,000 words or so, which will form the basis of the bulk of his contribution.  Always ahead of the ball, that’s Arthur.

So, The Big Hand will now bring you two books.  This new book, which will reclaim that cover image and the title La Vie D’Arthur, should be on your bookshelf by the end of the year.  It will bring the story up to date and supply much new insight from older and wiser minds. Before then, we will reprint the Trials of Arthur, the definitive account of his life in the 20th Century, as the original text.  This should be available by the summer solstice, with the free ebook coming a little earlier.

So – much to look forward to. Expect updates over the coming months.

March 31, 2010 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

“Probably the most ridiculous book I have ever read…”

“It had me laughing like a gibbon from page 1”

“The language is ripe but delicately graphic”

“gloriously ludicrous, magnificently deranged”

The first review of the Nabob of Bombasta is in and, heck, we’re not going to get a better one.  It’s by Chris Stone and you’ll find it here

March 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

La Vie D’Arthur – Chapter 1

La Vie D’Arthur by Arthur Pendragon and CJ Stone will be published on May 1st. Any impatient beggars will have to make do with this until then – the first chapter, free to download, read, share, and do with what you will.

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La Vie D’Arthur – the cover

On May 1st we publish La Vie D’Arthur by CJ Stone and Arthur Pendragon. It’s an extraordinary book, a part-ghosted autobiography of the ex-biker turned Druid leader and parlimentaty candidate Arthur Pendragon. He is, in his own words, “that nutter who thinks he’s King Arthur” and he has the burden of living his live accordingly – a burden which has given rise to one of the most fascinating true life stories of modern times.

The book is a revised version of the text originally published as The Trials of Arthur (ThorsonsElement 2003). The new edition needed a new cover, so we commissioned a portrait of Arthur from the superb Vanessa Winship – and it surely bodes well for the book that a photographer of her stature should agree to come on board (If you are not familiar with her work, we heartily recomend that you take a look at her website.)

Here, then, is the cover for LA VIE D’ARTHUR:

March 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm 2 comments

The Nabob Is Coming

God help us, The Nabob of Bombasta has gone to print.

We will have more information about the Nabob in the near future, as soon as we can bring ourselves to write about it.

In the mean time, here is the cover:

February 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

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