Town with No Twin

Town with No Twin

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Abernant is an idyllic rural town except, that is, for the simmering hatreds, deranged ambitions, crooked politics, sexual debauchery, New Age anarchism and drunken violence. The mayoress hopes to elevate its social status by putting a statue in the square. But the only sculptor around is a drunk, who loves to shock. Duly shocked is the God-quoting butcher, who has a twenty-year vendetta with the disgraced deli owner, a born troublemaker. Who in turn hates the mayoress for being pushy. Prospects for the statue look dodgy, and blackmail is needed. Meanwhile up in the valley, the ageing Commodore is penniless and has agreed to hire out his derelict mansion to a film company, who are less than honest about their plans. And watching all this is The Mid-Walian, a paper with traditional values that does not like to report anything unpleasant but needs to increase sales, as a take-over is threatened by a nasty man from Birmingham.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747589569
  • 9780747589563

About Barry Pilton

Barry Pilton has written plays, sitcoms and sketches for TV, including Not The Nine O'Clock News, and has written and broadcast extensively for radio. He has worked with many stars of light entertainment, among them Griff Rhys Jones, Prunella Scales, David Jason and Ian Richardson. He is currently working on the TV adaptation of The Valley, which was published by Bloomsbury in February 2005. For many years he lived in mid-Wales and now lives in Bristol.show more

Review quote

Barry Pilton is the best kind of comedy writer: a man who can make you laugh with your brain as well as your belly. His portrait of the life and times of a god-forsaken rain-swept Welsh valley is a quiet comic tour de force. Imagine The Archers transplanted to Wales and cross-bred with JP Donleavy and you're almost there. Almost Sarah Dunantshow more