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ISBN: 9781906551438
AUTHOR: Alan M Kent
Dan Daddow's Cornish Comicalities
Dan Daddow's Cornish Comicalities
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“June 21st 1900. Now that I am in my twilight years, permit me, by God’s great grace – Daniel James Nathaniel Daddow-Tregian – to set down before you the extraordinary events that transpired some half a century ago.”

So begins the latest novel by prize-winning Cornish author, Alan M. Kent. Set in the fishy stench and dark, seedy underbelly of mid nineteenth-century Cornwall, this is the antidote to the traditional historical romantic novel.

Doyen of decadence Dan Daddow believes that he alone is the greatest theatrical impresario of the Age, but when a rival tries to take his crown, he finds himself searching for original acts and performers.

To this end, he sets about forming his ‘Cornish Comicalities’—a desperate band of no-hopers, rogues and lost souls— in whom he places all his faith, and whom he hopes will set the world on fire.

Events, however, take a turn for the worse and Daddow and his troupe of Gothic monstrosities find themselves embroiled in foul deeds with links to the core of the dark arts of European culture.

In this macabre and melodramatic new novel, Alan M. Kent—acclaimed author of Proper Job, Charlie Curnow! and Voog’s Ocean—transforms our perceptions of the novel’s relationship to Cornwall. Whilst the base endeavours to become the beautiful, all is told with a salacious love of life, and a deep quest for meaning and acceptance.

Alan M. Kent was born in Cornwall and graduated from the Universities of Cardiff and Exeter, specialising in Celtic and Anglo-Celtic literatures. For several years he worked as a teacher and now lectures in Literature for the Open University. In addition to writing novels, he has published a number of prize-winning plays and volumes of poetry. As well as his non-fiction writing, he has also edited several collections of Cornish and Anglo-Cornish Literature. He is the series editor of ‘Lesser Used Languages of Europe’ and joint series editor of ‘Cornish and Celtic Alternatives’.

Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 43 8, hardback, 234x150mm, 496 pages. Published October 2016.

Voog's OceanVoog's Ocean - £16.99
As old meets new, odysseys collide and converse and their stories live on in the present. Voog's Ocean is a novel that reveals much about permanence and transition, about hope and love, and about our need for truth and wonder. Packed with dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks and pages of extraordinary poetry this book offers reflections on both the past and our own postmodern age.
Voodoo PilchardVoodoo Pilchard - £9.99
The Trelawny Trilogy, first begun with Proper Job, Charlie Curnow! and its sequel Electric Pastyland, in Voodoo Pilchard Alan M. Kent offers another irreverent picture of contemporary Cornwall, which the Development Agencies and Tourism authorities don’t want you to read. Be prepared for anarchy, aerosol art, and being proper tickled up ass… Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Electric PastylandElectric Pastyland - £9.99
In this sequel to his acclaimed novel Proper Job, Charlie Curnow! Alan M. Kent offers another irreverent picture of contemporary Cornwall. Written in broad dialect, this is laugh-out loud fiction, truthful and touching at the same time. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Web Price: £12.99
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