Bleak Expectations' recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to repair his destroyed family and distinctly damaged life, aided by his best friend Harry Biscuit and definitely not aided by his cruel and ironically named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent and his accomplices, the fearsome Hardthrasher siblings. Grim circumstances, mistaken identities, unlikely inheritances, nightmarish court cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: 'Bleak Expectations' is the novel Charles Dickens might have written after drinking far too much gin.
"The funniest book since the one I haven't written yet. Mark Evans sets the bar annoyingly high." (Robert Webb)
"If ever a show deserved a handsome Christmas hardback it is Bleak Expectations. The comedy itself (Radio 4) is a brilliant Dickens pastiche by Mark Evans, a mash-up of plots and characters that is scholarly,irreverent, affectionate and topical all at once. On radio it is perfectly cast and directed (Mark Evans again). On the page it has utterly wonderful footnotes, too." (Daily Telegraph)
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Not as good as the radio
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