I introduce to you, fine chaps, the funniest author in all the land (and owner of a VERY fine beard), Mr Robert Rankin.
Mr Rankin describes his style of writing as “far-fetched fiction”, which combines sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, occultism, urban legends and steampunk, with running gags intertwining throughout his whole bibliography. Often compared to fellow novelist Terry Pratchett, Rankin is perhaps best known for The Brentford Trilogy series (of which there are 8 books), which tell the tale of drunken scallywags Jim Pooley and John O’Malley and their unlikely adventures. Although he’s published over 30 books, don’t be afraid to dive straight in, the books can be read in pretty much any order, and trust me you will want to read more once you’ve tasted the surreal treats of Mr Rankin’s imagination.
Novelist, gentleman, and Fellow of the Victorian Steampunk Society, Robert Rankin deserves the utmost respect and admiration. My own personal favourites are The Brighonomicon, The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, and Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (I know, coolest titles ever). If you haven’t read any of these, don’t worry it’s not too late! Just don’t admit this embarrassing fact to anyone, and get down to your local bookoseum immediately.