The Secret Lemonade Drinker


The Secret Lemonade Drinker - Guy Bellamy’s first novel - was published in 1977 to the sort of reviews that most first-time novelists wouldn’t even dare to dream for. Here are some examples of what reviewers wrote at the time:

“Sparkling…It cracks open a thousand jokes…as hideously addictive as drink..” Sunday Times

“One of the wittiest books I’ve read in years…” Eric Jong

“An expertly engineered sexual comedy…” The Observer

“Marvellously funny…” Punch

Perhaps the most striking review of all came from the writer Auberon Waugh (no push-over as a reviewer). Waugh wrote this in an ecstatic review for the Evening Standard:

“A major new comic talent…I laughed and I laughed, reading it in the state of tremulous excitement which must be the nearest we novel reviewers come to an understanding of heavenly bliss…the book is a corker - witty, intelligently observed, well written and original. Thank you Mr Bellamy.”

The book sparkles with so many witty lines that the Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations includes six quotes from the book.

The Secret Lemonade Drinker is today as freshly funny as when it first appeared. It is hard to think of any other comic novelist in the last thirty years who has made so accomplished a debut . Guy Bellamy’s genius has been to sustain that standard of comic writing in a long series of novels with the same distinction - great plots, intriguing characters and brilliantly witty dialogue.

In May 2013 The Secret Lemonade Drinker was re-issued in paperback and , for the first time, published as a Kindle edition. The book is available from Amazon.

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