Fans of laugh out loud humour will love this debut novel. Its style has been compared to Douglas Adams and Tom Holt, with just a dash of Dr Dolittle... It's not paranoia, if they really are out to get you... Bill Posters is an ordinary kind of guy. He's put a great deal of effort into... read more
“The Truth about Sharks and Pigeons” is a 70,000 word comic fiction novel. Readers have compared the style and comic content to the writing of Douglas Adams and Tom Holt. The key theme of the novel is the unexpected qualities of the ordinary, from insights into the secret nature of sharks... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
“The Truth about Sharks and Pigeons” is a 70,000 word comic fiction novel. Readers have compared the style and comic content to the writing of Douglas Adams and Tom Holt. The key theme of the novel is the unexpected qualities of the ordinary, from insights into the secret nature of sharks and pigeons to the hidden significance of the mundane.
The story opens in East London with the hero Bill Posters. Bill is the epitome of normal. He works as a computer programmer and counts avoiding the weekly team meeting as one of his life goals. His paranoia that he is being stalked by pigeons is validated when he is approached by a talking pigeon called Clyde. Clyde reveals to Bill a great secret: that sharks and pigeons are highly intelligent species and mortal enemies. The sharks, freed from their watery prison through the use of specially modified segways, intend to take over the world using a weather machine disguised as a global network of wind farms.
Bill travels to New Zealand to destroy the weather machine. He is assisted by Fern, a modern day ninja raised from birth to protect him, and Gregor, Chile’s second most dangerous assassin. Fern has a penchant for chunky knitwear and concealed weapons, and is the only person who believes Bill can succeed. She believes it with an intensity bordering on obsession, but secretly she doubts her own abilities. Gregor, possibly the world’s most professionally ethical contract killer, doesn’t care as long as he gets his expenses approved.
The Truth about Sharks and Pigeons riffs off of the science fiction, spy and adventure genres, with clever plot twists and hilarious set pieces. The procession of laughs is backed up with solid characterisation and an ending that will keep you guessing.