Which Would You Rather?
by Graeme Puckett
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Pub Date 29 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 28 Jul 2022
A dark comedy starring an incompetent psychopath as the protagonist.
Brian is a troubled and easily irritated man with flexible morals. Passionate about films, he sees film references in everything. As an artist, a surrealist, his love of art, and colour in particular, tend to guide his judgements and decisions. Many of Brian's challenges in life are a result of an inept social awareness and some fairly politically incorrect ways of thinking. Consequently, these challenges usually lead to even greater dilemmas involving an array of new crimes and misdemeanours for him. Killing three of his neighbours - albeit in record time, of which he is extremely proud, - does little to help Brian's situation. Inclined to lie and cheat his way out of, and into, trouble, his options increase once he has become a killer and the murders have been committed. Now, in Brian's mind, any lesser crime has become acceptable and free to use in his bid to escape detection.
A Note From the Publisher
In the 1990s, Graeme changed course, when he and his partner Ann started swing dancing and discovered they were good at it. After 18 months they became UK champions and went on to win many more national swing dance awards. As Hoppin' Mad, they've continued teaching and performing Lindy Hop all over the world, and run regular weekly classes in Bath and Bristol. They were the dance consultants for the film 'Chicken Run', which they watch every Christmas to see their names in the closing credits. Graeme and Ann have appeared swing dancing on numerous television shows, most recently the Netflix award-winning series Sex Education.
During the pandemic lockdown, when partner dancing ground to a halt, Graeme kept in touch with his friends by writing to them. By the third or fourth letters, reading between the lines he wasn't receiving, he started to suspect his friends were getting irritated by the obligation to reply. To salvage what friendships he had left, he just started writing for himself.
Which Would You Rather? is the result...Graeme lives in Bath with his partner Ann and their two children, Badger and Little Bear, who, like Graeme, are both short-haired domestics. If ever you are in Bath or Bristol, Graeme and Ann would love to see you at their swing dance classes.
“The perfect read for those of us who are fed up with being told what to think and why, especially people seeking to escape stifling modern conventions, but choose to laugh as they read at a protagonist with decidedly flexible morals.”
For fans of the likes of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Spike Milligan, Woody Allen, S.J. Perelman, James Thurber, George Melly, Billy Liar, Elmore Leonard; Curry and Chips, Life of Brian and Psycho.
Average rating from 4 members
This is darkly humorous and deeply challenging. I found myself relating to the protagonist and then being worried that I found him so relatable! Anyone who has ever questioned right and wrong and who gets to decide this will find this book a fascinating and engaging read.
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