By Auriel Roe
A composite comic novel; thirteen interconnected stories that take place over forty years. Its setting is Blindefellows, a second rate public school in the West Country
Friday, 14 December 2018
the swine is launched!
As I write, pigs are being launched across the world - but mainly in Britain ;P - as part of the book launch of Let The Swine Go Forth and the reviews are trickling in. Here's the latest...
Hello 5* review from a Goodreads top reviewer ;)
With qualities of Heathers and The League of Gentlemen but in a more preppy and refined environment, this book is both satirical and hilarious, shining a light into the life of a new headmaster at a school which is both funny and slightly unsettling at the same time. If you're expecting it to be just some snooty ramblings from a man in a high position, Let the Swine Go Forth is anything but. Adventure and humor abound in ways I wasn't expecting at all, and you can just tell that something both liberating and surprising is going to happen. An environment like this is a breeding ground for envy, greed, pride... and Auriel Roe crafts this into her characters perfectly by having them encompass the seven deadly sins. A weird and wonderful thrill-ride of a story, Let the Swine Go Forth presents everything from a bitter rivalry to a girl who fixates on internet "de-stressing slime videos" (she also has various pots of multicoloured glitter slime, a recent trend which I wasn't aware of because I live under a rock) and Swineforth's bizarre formal uniforms, this book makes room for both comedy and commentary on the educational system and the staff who work with it.
This is a fairly long read, but that's a great thing if you love well-developed stories that you can be completely immersed in. After a while the quirky happenings and unique characters start to seem like familiar faces and it's somewhat disappointing to reach the end because you want it to keep going. Having also read Roe's A Blindfellows Chronicle, I really love the style of writing and the characters and places she conjures up. I'd recommend it to anybody who loves original books, specifically humor and drama.
Happy Holidays and, if you get bored of too much telly and pudding, I can guarantee you'll have some fun with my latest novel. I had a lot of fun writing it after 15 years on the "international circuit". International school? What could possibly go wrong?