Any new title compared to the work of comic genius Evelyn Waugh is one to look out for, so we’re quite excited about this one: Alexander Starrit’s Beast is a dark satire of British news rooms and has been compared by the Guardian to Evelyn Waugh’s comic gem Scoop. Alexander will be joining us for an evening to read from his new novel and will be in discussion with the journalist Alex Renton. Don’t miss this evening of sharp comedy, contemporary affairs – and, of course, Golden Hare hospitality!
About the book
Jeremy Underwood is a long-suffering subeditor on the Daily Beast, Britain’s mightiest tabloid. Returning from holiday, he notices two burqa-clad figures lurking outside the paper’s Kensington offices. Two male terrorism suspects have escaped from a mosque disguised as women; recently suspicion and fear have made everyone alert. Jeremy’s casual observation sets off a chain of events that spins out of control, as the great Beast feels that it is the next target of terrorism.
Alexander Starritt’s darkly funny novel is a vivid anatomy of that most uncontrollable of large creatures, the British tabloid newspaper. The ferocious professionalism and manic rivalries of a newsroom have rarely been so well described. And at the heart of the newsroom is the brooding, dictatorial figure of its editor, Charles Brython, the booming voice of Middle England. His world is under threat, and he will do whatever it takes to defend it. This is a story in which comedy teeters on the edge of horror.
About the author
Alexander Starritt has worked or written for a wide variety of publications, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and Newsweek. He grew up in the northeast of Scotland and also translates from German.