About the book
Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires’ Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.
Having previously read and reviewed one of Ron’s other books, Steve and FranDan take on the world, I jumped at the chance to read this one for the blog tour.
The book is completely different to Steve and FranDan as it is aimed at adults instead of young adults, but is a funny book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The book is set in 1980’s Edinburgh during the Thatcher years and follows some students as they make their way through life. From their student days we jump forward twenty years and meet them again, this time the main character is getting set to host a banquet for the rich and famous to show off what he can do for them.
The book is a great satire and very funny look at the world so concerned and built around wealth, which most people aspire to and can relate to.
Overall this is a very good book with a lot of funny bits in it, I would recommend this to everyone.
About the Author
With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, RON BUTLIN is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate. Now over to Ron –
Before becoming a writer, I was a pop-song lyricist (3 records and a brief appearance in a justly-neglected film. I was also a footman attending parties for the great and good, the rich and bad (see my forthcoming novel ‘Billionaire‘s Banquet‘), a barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. My work has been widely translated, and ‘The Sound of My Voice’ has been twice been awarded a ‘Best Foreign Novel’ prize as well been made into a film, a rather short film.
I am a novelist, poet, children’s author, opera librettist, playwright – one of these, on a good day. I have been auctioned twice for charity, and put in a cage outside parliament for The Day of the Imprisoned Writer. All very character-building. I have given readings world-wide including at the House of Lords, John Knoz’s pulpit in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and an Arab tent in Bahrain.
I live in Edinburgh with my wife, the writer Regi Claire, and our dog (Note – Nessie, as she’s called in the book, features in my first novel for early teens, ‘Steve & FranDan Take on the World’ which is due out this spring. She is great fun on paper and in real life).