England has never had a Prime Minister who made people laugh so much. His jokes have the nation in stitches. Parliament has become like a music hall stage on which he entertains the House with his unique brand of humour – humour that is often coarse and vulgar, and majors on flatulence in all its nauseous guises. But ironically it is the much-maligned fart that may ultimately bring about the Prime Minister’s scandalous downfall …
Following in the long tradition of scatological British humour previously practised by authors such as Tom Sharpe and Spike Milligan, A Stink in the Tale is a rip-roaring comedy-thriller replete with intrigue, adventure and unexpected twists and turns.
Telos Publishing is proud to present the hilarious debut novel by Evgeny Gridneff – who in an earlier career was script editor and producer on numerous acclaimed BBC drama series, including Tenko, Blott on the Landscape, Star Cops and The House of Eliott.
255pp 6×9-format paperback novel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Evgeny Gridneff was born in London and lived with his parents and grandparents in a council flat on the White City Estate in Shepherds Bush. His mother and father were both Russian variety artistes and circus performers. His early years were spent touring with them in numerous circuses and variety theatres in England, living in caravans and theatrical digs and being educated in a different school each week – attending over 100 in total. Between the ages of 8 and 9 he shared a large bus with six chimpanzees when his parents toured around Europe with a chimpanzee act. The chimps became his surrogate brothers and sisters. He had no formal schooling during this period, and most of his reading matter came from The Dandy, The Beano and The Beezer, which his grandmother sent him from England.
As a teenager Evgeny ran at an athletics event at the White City Stadium and was the sixth fastest young quarter-miler in London. In his formative years he also spent time at Wormwood Scrubs (outside, not in).
Over the years he has done many different things and tackled various jobs to pay the rent, including:
• a cartoonist exhibiting in West End subways;
• a carpet seller in Shepherd’s Bush Market;
• a salesperson at Burtons;
• a teaboy in an electronics factory;
• a graphic and photographic designer;
• a cleaner in St James’s Palace;
• an extra in British and Dutch TV;
• a bottle operative at the Heineken factory in Amsterdam;
• a labourer, painter and wallpaper-stripper in house renovation;
• a travel agent clerk and postboy;
• a teacher and lecturer;
• a stage manager in a Soho strip joint;
• an accounts clerk;
• a cleaner with a domestics agency;
• a book factory operative; and
• a ceiling art restorer at Carlton House Terrace.
Later Evgeny trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and then spent eight years in the theatre as a stage manager/actor working for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. After that he worked for many years at the BBC as a script editor and drama producer on several popular and award-winning TV series, including Tenko, Blott on the Landscape, Star Cops, The Citadel and The House of Eliott.
He now spends his time writing, working with photographs and drawing cartoons.