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It’s 1964, the height of Beatlemania, and thirteen-year-old Jamie Presto (true to his name) pulls a rabbit out of a hat by striking up a pen-pal friendship with none other than John Lennon! It’s a good thing, too, because Jamie needs a magic trick in his life. He finds his Catholic school education at best downright oppressive. His parents are trapped in a loveless marriage that grows increasingly violent. And Father Alberto, his parish priest, the one authority figure he actually respects, betrays him in one of the worst ways imaginable an adult can do that to an adolescent. But he has that one bright spot—his letters to and from a world-famous Beatle. Or does he? Is Jamie telling us the truth—or is he unreliable, so desperate for a silver lining that he grows delusional, fabricating for us and for himself a relationship that he only wishes could be real? There are ominous times ahead, literal and metaphorical nightmares—for Jamie, his mother, his father, and even for Jamie’s hero and best friend, John Lennon. Life is, at times, hell on earth. But there are saviors, and they tend to make their entrances quietly and inconspicuously. Jamie’s ultimate messiah is an ordinary one, a teacher who achieves extraordinary results in the life of his young student. Written in the tradition of Candide, Lennon and Me is a comic-tragic social satire, presenting a corrupt world as seen through the eyes of an innocent, a showdown between ancient tradition and modernity, between parochialism and pop culture. John Lennon drew the line in the sand in 1966, with his infamous off-handed comment to journalist Maureen Cleave about The Beatles being more popular than Jesus, and in Herriges’s witty, iconoclastic novel, the twain not only meets, it implodes.
Dollar William is a satirical comedy set in America about money, greed, and their relationships in the wider context of the media. The narrative of the story weaves in and out of a drama that ties together the lives of a few individuals, who are all destined to become failures or successes within their own trials of this desire to win at all costs. Billy Williams is a financial consultant as well as a hardworking and regular guy, until his life is turned upside down when he meets an Mz Moonbeam Sunshine, who is an undercover television researcher for an independent program called Brotha Hollywood. It is in this event of their chance meeting that Billy loses his job in an unfair dismissal and is forced to take revenge against his former employer, a banking CEO by the name of Mr. Croakus Don Doyle, who, along with his sidekick and senior consultant Alfred Rockbottom, are hatching a plan to acquire more wealth through deceptive means in order to make substantial monetary gains. As the story develops, it turns out that Billys employers, Don Doyle Banking, are attempting to swindle the unsuspecting public by getting them to part with their hard-earned dollars by offering then an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime chance of doubling their savings, which is really a cover for the bank to accumulate more funds and gain an advantage in their bogus plot to get rich off the interest. The story also takes another turn when Billy meets a Mr. Garfield Mamaduke the Third, who is the rightful heir to a long-lasting legacy as being one of the wealthiest families in the financial world of banking, which also presents them with a financial dilemma, as Mr. Garfield enlists the help of Billy to attempt to bring Croakus Don Doyle and Alfred Rockbottom to justice.
The Final President is a political satire set in the not-too-distant future.

U.S. President Boyd Lamm, burdened with numerous unresolved national issues, and opposed by a former backer who owns the Atlantic Ocean, seeks to set America on the road to progress via the most ambitious public works project in human history – the Trans-National Canal (TNC), the project that will unite America – by cutting it in two!

The TNC succeeds in inspiring, but its disastrous execution (much of Los Angeles is destroyed) at the hands of his ne’er-do-well son and a uniquely bizarre EPA-head (founder of the Organization for the Prevention of Cruelty to Inanimate Objects), forces the president to pursue an unimaginable means to achieve the desired end: the United States will transition from a democracy, back to a monarchy.

Lamm’s secret role model is England’s King Edward I, the infamous and ruthless 13th century leader, who bore the nickname, the Hammer of the Scots.

King Boyd I, America’s final president, aided by Count Bzdak, a Belgian royal and long-time friend, leads the nation on a still-more egregious path (including public executions broadcast by Fox News) that displays all the worst characteristics of centralized power.

Peppered with outrageous events, at all stages, including the televised burning of the Constitution; construction of the White House moat; the permanent freezing of Chesapeake Bay, and the remarkable ascendance of Malibu Greenberg, the world’s worst stand-up comedian, The Final President concludes with an unexpected and hilarious transition of power.

Hazel was in Love. With her brother. Poor boy, riddled with cancer, he died. Thus begins a comic novel which waltzes the reader along through war-torn Europe, the American Midwest, Apartheid South Africa, space and time itself - and eventually lands up in singing London (sic) in the 1970's and yes, there are drugs involved! Also spies. And death too. Thomas Bloch was Hazel's grandson. Much beloved, even trusted. Which was strange, considering Tom’s mother considered her to be the archetypal wicked stepmother. Perhaps the fact that Tom quite liked her arose from teenage rebellion? So Hazel told him the story of how, back in war-torn Europe she had romantically met the very romantic Count Laszlo Mindchyck, whose legendary penis had impaled many women but none he had loved more than Hazel. How in the nipple-shaped castle in the backwoods of Hungary she had been tormented by his evil twins from a previous marriage, leading to her fleeing from this fairytale by night, finding herself in Vienna in time for the Anschluss and eventually returning to South Africa with the ashes of her brother and the ashes of her dreams. Where she meets and falls in love with recently bereaved Tom's Grandfather, Robert Stone, the demented old man who later, in his wheelchair, confronted terrorists at Tom’s wedding...slow down! Tom is not what BOSS, the Bureau of State Security, would call a good boy even though he is a Hero of the Republic. (Another story.) He is in fact deeply enmeshed in Student politics on the campus of the University and is amongst the body of Anti-Apartheid pro ANC activists referred to as "Komminists" by BOSS. And Tom's best friend Pieter is one of their spies. Fine! Until Tom discovers his activities and joins in...with the avowed intention of undermining BOSS and all their works. And then Tom discovers love and drugs, pretty much in the same afternoon. Mona! American and very purple and flowing. Then, once enlightened spiritually and politically, they decide to marry and flee to London where freedom and drugs seemed equally available. But on the way, on the ship, with the help of some excellent LSD, Mona goes mad.... Once in London, the pair – the now schizophrenic and possibly mass-murdering Mona and a somewhat confused Tom, meet Pieter who, as one of BOSS’ favourite agents, lives in a ramshackle shared house in suburbia and reports to the avuncular figure of the Brigadier who by day cleans the Gents’ toilet at Sloane Square and by night runs the network of BOSS agents, whose remit in Britain is to spy on and, if possible, kill Anti-Apartheid activists. It is in this background of mayhem that Tom learns that he is Hazel’s heir. That Laszlo left her his whole fortune. How, on learning this, Hazel dropped very dead. And Tom could, should he play his cards right, inherit the lot. But only On Condition! Hazel in her wisdom had stipulated in her rambling and discursive will that her grandson would have to prove himself to be “a sane and responsible adult”....not easy! Sell out? Cut his hair? Get a job? Submit himself to the decision-making process created and supervised by the eccentric lawyer James Truelove, whereby he would have nine months of being secretly observed by a panel of “Jurors” who would reach a decision on his 21st birthday...? Possibly a sequel to Elkon's first novel, 'Umfaan's Heroes', possibly not, this book reaches heights of comic inventiveness, with a deep undertow of sadness and loss. In style, the writing is Tom Sharpe meets Monty Python via Kurt Vonnegut with a dash of Franz Kafka. This book has been entirely rewritten and remastered since it was published in 1992, in what the author describes as 'a frenetic burst of joy and pain - in memory of all those blurry-eyed optimists who, even before the eventual liberation of South Africa from its racist regime, believed there could be a future'. In addition it is a memory of a London we will never see again, bursting with inventiveness and colour, music, light.
'Ovoid, Illinois' is set in a microscopically small town in the American Midwest of the late 1960’s. The tale tells of the final high school year of Cheryl-Jean Billingham, cheerleader, aspiring journalist and daughter of the ambitious ex-mayor and Duncan Reynard, singer, musician and eldest son of the town barber. Although of different social circles and circumstances, the two are brought together in a bitter-sweet romance by controversy resulting from faculty in-fighting regarding the high school musical. Cheryl-Jean takes it upon herself to fight on behalf of Duncan, who she feels has been slighted. She quickly finds herself embroiled in faculty politics, small town political wrangling and the larger societal picture of the tumultuous 1960’s. She is faced with the dilemma of creating a rift between herself and her loving yet patronizing father, undermining her own social status and taking a principled stand in defending both Duncan and the high school’s music director, Gordon Lehmann. Mr Lehmann, a closeted homosexual, is the target of a witch-hunt lead by the self-righteous and self-promoting, drama teacher, Mrs. Thalia Beaudelaire, who hopes to gain social prominence by threatening to ‘out’ him. Ovoid, Illinois is further populated by quirky, small-town eccentrics, religious fanatics, religious iconoclasts, fractious immigrants, drunks, war heroes, war protestors, cheerleaders, football jocks, nascent hippies, novice fascists, a teen megalomaniac, an over-weight and over-bearing sheriff, a sexually over-active vice-principal and a hard rock band which makes music so loud and so bizarre that it drives domestic animals to a primal frenzy. Ovoid, Illinois; a place of quiet, pastoral tradition. Ovoid, Illinois; a real nice place to raise your kids. Ovoid, Illinois; a place and a state of mind that most of the kids are frantic to escape from.
As always Wunderwear Woman is a special breed. She is not anorexic, rippling with muscles and totally hardbodied. She doesnt collapse at the sight of Kryptonite, nor turn into a fly or spider, neither does she fly in the air or run up walls to destroy a hundred opponents in just a few seconds. Some may say she just blunders in whereas in reality she only wants to speak her mind and tell it as she sees it. In the first book she was single and based in the UK while in the second she was married and living in the USA. In this the third book she visits Australia with her in-laws. She has slimmed and trimmed, but not too much and has modified her approach but not too far. She is still very bold and upfront but in a more controlled way. She wants to change the world, make it a better place and still dares to say the things too many hardly dare to think. She faces the facts as she sees them and faces the people who need to be faced. She has developed her style to let others into her opinions. She sets the scene for others to explode and have a lot more to say for themselves than previously. The results are just as comical and just as serious. This is an adult book, humorous, satirical and sexually explicit with strong language in places dealing with all the issues of the past, present and future times. Things that adults do! Beware! Wunderwear Woman is not for the smug, contented and fainthearted and is specifically designed to irritate the conservatives and politically correct. Enjoy the world of Wunderwear Woman.
Randal Peyton Purcell can't guess what's coming when his doorbell rings one quiet Sunday in New York. The ringing interrupts his life of arrogant, self-satisfaction, of what he sees as his effortless superiority. His is an indifference to the weak and downtrodden. What he lets in at the doorbell is a spirit that becomes a stray dog of mythical wickedness. This is I DOG or 'Johann Sebastian Bark,' as Randy's German landlord and landlady name him. Johann is not only beyond description, his incessant barking destroys the peace and harmony of Randy's home. From there on, he stumbles through the wreckage into the secrets of elderly Nazis and to murder most foul.

In this satiric novel, Randy's descent through the rings of hell brings him into the clutches of a nymphomaniac Korean Princess, to being kidnapped by a psychopathic teenage robber who endlessly haunts the Interstate but cannot drive. Finally, a Jew from Brooklyn who is convinced he's black, catches him up. Randy must survive a nightmarish theme park, a cataclysmic gun battle and an apocalyptic inferno before he can make a frantic dash to freedom through the Okefeenokee swamp.

Irreverent, humorous and sarcastic, I Dog forces Randy to change his inner vision. He must shed his snakeskin of privilege and haughtiness before he can find a humble salvation. I DOG is comic on virtually everything. While It may offend, it is with good humor. On its serious side, I DOG gives numerous considerations on our communal 'how' and 'why' – and particularly mocks our belief that we are good enough to be made in God's likeness. I DOG says not so, but rather that we come in the image of our canine brethren. We jump through hoops and wear circus ruffs. One way or another all of us are dogs. I DOG.




Keywords: Dog, Wealth, Poverty, White, Afro-American, Evil, Murder, Interstate, Korean, Kidnapper
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