The Fandom Of The Operator

The Fandom Of The Operator

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'To call Rankin irreverent doesn't begin to describe just how good he is at playing with the rules' MIRROR Gary Cheese is twenty-two years of age and works for British Telecom as an operator. Gary's hobbies include watching TV, walking his dog Princey, going down the pub with his mates, and attempting to re-animate the dead. He hasn't been having too much success with the latter so far. But Gary's heard a rumour. According to this bloke he met down the pub, there exists certain telecommunications technology that can actually let you speak to the dead. Apparently it's been in operation for years. FLATLINE, it's called, a chatline to the dead. They ran all these ads on the TV a few years ago to prepare the public for it. Those ones about having a one-to-one with famous dead people. But it seems something went very wrong: the dead had certain things to say to the living that the powers that be couldn't allow to be heard. Or something. Apparently. Gary's determined to find out the truth. Gary's a bit of a fan boy and Gary really wants to speak to all of his dead heroes. And Gary will have the time of his life when he talks to the dead.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 106.7 x 172.7 x 30.5mm | 158.76g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552148970
  • 9780552148979
  • 615,751

Review quote

"'He becomes funnier the more you read him'" * Independent * "'Everybody should read at least one Robert Rankin in their life'" * Daily Express * "'One of the rare guys who can always make me laugh'" -- Terry Pratchett "'Robert Rankin is uniquely off-the-wall, unparalleled in his eccentricity: there's no other comic fantasy author like him'" -- Amazon.co.ukshow more

About Robert Rankin

Robert Rankin is the author of Web Site Story, Waiting for Godalming, Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls, Snuff Fiction, Apocalypso, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag, Sprout Mask Replica, Nostradamus Ate My Hamster, A Dog Called Demolition, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, The Greatest Show Off Earth, Raiders of the Lost Car Park, The Book of Ultimate Truths, the Armageddon quartet (three books), and the Brentford trilogy (five books) which are all published by Corgi Books. Robert Rankin's latest novel, The Fandom of the Operator, is now available as a Doubleday hardback. For more information on Robert Rankin and his books, see his website at www.lostcarpark.com/sproutloreshow more

Back cover copy

Gary Cheese is twenty-two. His hobbies include music, girls, TV and the detective novels of the twentieth century's bestselling novelist, the now legendary P.P. Penrose. And of course, attempting to reanimate the dead. He hasn't been having much luck with that one so far. But now Gary's got this new job in the telecommunications industry. And, according to this rumour he's heard, there exists technology that can actually let you speak to the dead. Apparently it's been in operation for years. FLATLINE, they called it. As in CHATLINE, but to the dead. But something went very wrong: the dead had certain things to say to the living that the powers that be couldn't allow to be heard. Gary's determined to find out the truth. And as Gary's a bit of a fan boy, he'd also be more than pleased to speak to his hero, the late great Mr Penrose. Yes, it's safe to say Gary will have the time of his life when he talks to the dead.show more

Review Text

"'Robert Rankin is uniquely off-the-wall, unparalleled in his eccentricity: there's no other comic fantasy author like him'"show more

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3 36% (244)
2 8% (52)
1 1% (7)
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