Bleak Expectations by Mark Evans

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The biggest surprise is that, by the end, the story becomes as stirring as it is ridiculous, thanks to characters who, while still admittedly ridiculous, are far more engaging than you'd normally expect in a parody of this sort.
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Based on the beloved Radio 4 series, BLEAK EXPECTATIONS recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to make his way in a world made all horrible by the machinations of his cruel guardian, Mr Gently Benevolent.

Grim circumstances, mistaken identities, nightmarish court-cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: Bleak Expectations is a novel like Charles Dickens might have written after far too much gin.

 

About Mark Evans

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Mark Evans has a fantastic comedy writing pedigree having written for, amongst others: The Jack Docherty Show, The 11 O'clock Show, The Late Edition, 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Ed Stone Is Dead, Headcases, The National Television Awards, 'I'm Sorry, I've Got No Head' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. On radio he has written for Weekending, Look Away Now, The Powder Room and Sony Award winning shows The Very World Of Milton Jones and That Mitchell and Webb Sound.
 
Published November 15, 2012 by Corsair. 400 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alexander Larman on Jan 13 2013

The biggest surprise is that, by the end, the story becomes as stirring as it is ridiculous, thanks to characters who, while still admittedly ridiculous, are far more engaging than you'd normally expect in a parody of this sort.

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