From 'In the Midday Sun' to 'The Comedy Hotel'...

In the Mid-day Sun was Guy Bellamy’s fifth novel, published by Viking in 1988 and subsequently in paperback by Penguin. It’s got a particularly intriguing plot, involving three brothers and is set in the sunshine of the Costa del Sol. (“The blue skies blacken very funnily indeed” wrote the reviewer in the Mail on Sunday). One of the brothers is on the run from a bank fraud, one is a fugitive from the Inland Revenue and the third is scraping a living as a bar pianist. The jokes come thick and fast, the story hooks your attention and keeps you reading and the ending is particularly clever. It was re-published for the Kindle in May 2013. It is available from Amazon.

The Tax Exile was published by Viking in and features the reappearance of a character from an earlier novel. It was re-published for the Kindle in May 2013. It is the story of what happens when Fred Carton (from ‘I Have a Complaint to Make’) unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money and is advised for tax reasons to go to live in Monte Carlo for a year. The story’s setting makes very good use of Guy Bellamy’s talent for vividly evocative description and the book‘s Mediterranean locations are described in appetising detail.. The book is very funny and got excellent reviews: “A marvellous read…a tale that itches with lust.” Scotland on Sunday. "The book’s strength is in Bellamy’s cynical observations on marriage, pub talk, money and sexual frustration…entertaining fiction.” Time Out

Guy Bellamy’s seventh novel, A Village Called Sin, was published by Viking in 1991 and re-published for the Kindle in May 2013. At 410 pages it is his longest novel so far. The story turns around the complicated lives of the inhabitants of an idyllic village called Compton Sinbury, - known to everyone as Sin. As with all his previous books the critics gave it enthusiastic praise: “A breezy, lively romp.” Sunday Express “Boisterous, inventive and funny…guaranteed to keep you smiling on the beach (or the village green)”. Observer

Guy Bellamy’s next novel, ‘The Comedy Hotel’, was published by Viking in 1992. It is one of the favourites of this website’s editor. It opens with one of his hallmark ‘firecracker’ opening lines: “Having secretly endured the painful ordeal of a vasectomy two years earlier, I was surprised to hear my wife telling me over dinner one evening that she was expecting a baby.”

Once again the critics applauded: “A great black comedy, strongly spiced with hilarious one-liners.” Northern Echo “A jolly good read…” Time Out.

The Comedy Hotel was re-published as a Kindle edition in May 2013. It is available from Amazon.


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