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"If you like the lyrical and somewhat eccentric writing style of authors such as Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear and Terry Pratchett, you will love Frazzle."
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Rupert Dunwoodie lives in a world of his own, a world where things happen the way he says but rarely quite the way he expects.
Goodgrist and Tutmill are publishers of Trivia Obscurata, a market niche so narrow and so shallow that hardly anyone in the industry knows it exists. Unfortunately that includes customers. Nevertheless, Rupert feels that getting a job in Gee and Tee, albeit at the bottom of the ladder, is the best thing that ever happened to him. That may be because Sandra is at the top of the ladder and part of his job it to hold the ladder steady while she transfers manuscripts from the slush pile to the Archives of No Return. Rupert is in two minds about the rest of his job, which he might have found unbearably dull and repetitive were he not also in two places at the same time.
The route to Rupert’s career success is not without barriers. He can write, but he can't read. Barriers, in Rupert’s book, are for overcoming, or undermining, or creeping around when nobody is looking. Rupert’s girlfriend Sandra can do any essential reading for him, he considers, if only he can get her to consider being his girlfriend.
But then there’s Frazzle, the shade of an angry bat, to consider…
Writer and broadcaster Pat O’Reilly came from Bromsgrove – one of his better decisions, he claims. After training as an electronics engineer he worked hard but briefly as an electronics engineer, less hard and even more briefly as a college and university lecturer, and hardly hard at all for more than thirty years as a fly-fishing instructor. He has also had lots of fun running writers’ courses and as a management consultant specialising in innovation and creativity, while keeping his feet firmly grounded as an environmental advisor to governments…
In a writing career spanning more than fifty years, Pat has written one documentary film script, three dozen books and far too many newspaper and magazine articles. Pat's most recent non-fiction book, published by First Nature, is Fascinated by Fungi, now in its second (2016) edition, third reprint (2022). His only serious novel, Harnessing the Unicorn, was published by Gower Press in 1998, and his most fun novel, published in 2014, is Frazzle. Pat's latest novels are Dead Drift, Dead Cert, and Dead End - a trilogy of river-based mystery thrillers..
Pat O’Reilly was awarded the MBE in 2003 for his environmental work. He lives in Wales with his wife Sue and far too many books.