We are excited to announce that we have published (just in time for Christmas) our first ever print title, Unaccustomed as I Am (and other stories), a volume of stories and parodies by Brian Quinn from Penny Post. We hope you enjoy it.
The locations range from the Lambourn Valley to Las Vegas, from the Hundred Acre Wood to dark basements, from steam trains to drug dens and from Suffolk to Provence.
The cast includes the Earl of Berkshire, Mr Chivers from Planning, Sherlock Holmes, thirteen crime writers, an enraged greengrocer, a hopeless salesman, a sinister collector, a lonely pharmacist, a professor of Neological Linguistics, a municipal inspector, a sentient racehorse and an inner yak.
As for the themes, the book offers a chaotic interview, an inept public performance, an unexpected wedding, a messed-up exam and a good deed gone wrong; a burning telephone, a murder mystery without a body, a trip to the seaside in the 1950s, Richard IV’s map, two doses of broken glass and four famous sleuths in search of some lost teaspoons – 26 tales of confusion, misunderstanding, tragedy, parody and farce.
“What a truly delightful collection Unaccustomed As I Am is. There is such pleasure in being in Brian Quinn’s company as he ranges thoughtfully, insightfully and often comically over subjects major and minor, from vivid childhood and student memories and pitch-perfect parodies of Hemingway and Shakespeare to short stories of real power and punch.”
“I love reading Brian’s stories and pastiches in Penny Post. A personal favourite is the parody of Pooh and Piglet – now I know what they get up to in the evenings. It’s therefore wonderful that these funny and clever stories are collected in book form. Just in time for Christmas too!”
Emma Milne-White, Hungerford Bookshop
“Our copy, ordered from Hungerford Bookshop, arrived today and I read the first chapter standing up in the kitchen whilst cooking supper. I laughed out loud and so this delightful book has been catapulted to the top of my read pile, leapfrogging Monty Don and others. I can’t wait to read more. Well done, Brian..”
Karen Sperrey, East Garston
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How to order your copy
We are resisting Amazon in order to support local bookshops. Here are various easy ways to get hold of a copy:
• From the Hungerford Bookshop. Order it online here.
The Bookshop offers a click-and-collect service (and free delivery within the town).
• From the White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough and the Madhatter Bookshop in Wantage.
See their websites for delivery and collection arrangements during lockdown.
• From any bookshop, whether or not it currently stocks the book.
If you have a local bookshop which you’d like to support, just give them these details so they can order it for you:
Title: Unaccustomed as I Am
Published by: Penny Post
Available from: Gardners or Central Books
Note: during the lockdown period which is scheduled to run until 2 December 2020, many bookshops will only be intermittently staffed to deal with online orders. You may find it quicker to email rather than phone. The email addresses for our three local bookshops are below: those for others will be on their websites.
If you are ordering from abroad
Please email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with the number of copies and the delivery address and the bookshop will get straight back to you to confirm the shipping cost and arrange payment.
For any other enquiries
For anything else (including photographs, hi-res cover images, copy and interviews), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.