“[A] truly original and delightful piece of literature. I laughed out loud at the recondite spoof literary references. It is a brilliant parody. It is so erudite and yet silly at the same time, it makes wonderful entertainment. The book is also beautifully produced.” — Deborah Howard, fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge
The Youth Hoſtel
Many years ago, I ſpent an unuſual night in a Dutch youth hoſtel while on tour with a choir from my univerſity. From this experience was born a mock–mock-epic poem: The Youth Hoſtel. For the next five years, in trains, planes and hotel rooms, I worked on my maſterpiece, in pencil and an 18th-century ſtyle.
Little did I know that the project had barely begun, and it would take me countleſs hours and another two decades to complete.
The fun-packed 40 pages include:
- An uneventful night in a Dutch auberge deſcribed in 136 Heroic couplets.
- A murder myſtery: who killed the author?
- Exegetical footnotes for readers unfamiliar with the world of Anglican choral muſic.
- Hilarious remarks for readers familiar with the world of Anglican choral muſic.
- Eighteenth-century typography (In caſe you were wondering what all the ſ’s were about.)
- An appendix alſo in verſe.
- A delightful illuſtration.
The book’s deſign is baſed on that of a 1729 edition of Alexander Pope’s Dunciad.
Lo! here is a ſample page:
And the title page:
The books are laſer-printed on archive-quality paper in the fineſt type, and ſewn and bound by hand.
Softback (red card): £25+P&P
Hardback (red cloth): £35+P&P
By ſpecial order only, leather-bound: about £150+P&P
Or, the ultimate deluxe edition, Gents ſcarf leather-bound: about £275+P&P
All copies are gilt lettered on cover and ſpine. Email me to order; I can take payment by PayPal, bank tranſfer or cheque.
Last updated 2017/03/08