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Writing update

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

After many gruelling weeks of dreaming, drinking, walking, wondering... and then sitting down and actually writing something, we are now just days away from completing the first draft of the manuscript of Shirk, Rest & Play - the ultimate guide to getting more out of your life by doing less, worrying less and leaning on lamp posts.

We look forward to sharing the results with you in the near future…

Fully Funded Thank Yous

Monday, 22 March 2021

Serious thanks to every one of you for backing Shirk, Rest and Play and ensuring this book actually happens. We really appreciate it. 

We’d like to say we will repay your support with honest hard work, but many of you know us.  

We will, though, keep you up to date on progress with the book and when we will be able to fulfill those rewards. Most rewards need to wait until publication, but…

Family News Round Robin

Sunday, 14 March 2021

We’ve reached the final stages of our book’s crowdfunding campaign thanks to a lot of lovely people and we’re now aiming to hit 100% by World Sleep Day (March 19), when we can put our feet up and relax. Consequently we’re having one last burst of reminding anyone who meant to pledge, but hasn’t got round to it - because let’s face it, we have a lot in common with those people - that this is the time…

Progress and a live appearance

Monday, 18 January 2021


Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far and got us to 70%. We're getting worried we may have to actually write this book.

If you fancy a taste of what you've signed up for, we are doing a live reading tonight (Monday, 18th Jan) for Brixton BookJam. Just follow the link. It's completely free. We're on at 8pm.

It should be fun, not least as Dirty South has committed to removing…

Rewards in This Life by Dirty South

Sunday, 13 December 2020

If there’s one thing we stand for at Deserter, it’s rewarding yourself at every opportunity. Why delay gratification? Why not gratify immediately, and if necessary, gratify yourself some more later?

The mantra ‘You’ll be rewarded in Heaven,’ is the oldest scam in the book. What the Bible essentially says is: ‘You’re going to get fuck all from this life. Don't complain and we’ll sort you out…

Dulwich Raider in Pictures

Monday, 7 December 2020

By Dulwich Raider

Anyone looking for pictures of me naked is, I’m afraid, going to be disappointed. Those pictures remain in the Met Police vaults until my caution is lifted in 2023.

No, here I propose to talk about some of the illustrations done for our first book, Today South London, Tomorrow South London, as drawn by Emily Medley. We’re delighted that Emily has agreed to illustrate, our…

Me and My Growler

Sunday, 29 November 2020

As the Dulwich Raider has said so forcibly, we have pubs to defend. You could say, a way of life to defend. 

OK, we’re not exactly fending off the Luftwaffe, but the ever-changing restrictions on the hospitality industry pose a similar level of existential threat to our most treasured institution: the public house. 

As is revealed in the Health & Beauty chapter of our new book, Shirk…

Thank you!

Friday, 27 November 2020

Hello and a massive thank you for having pledged for Shirk, Rest and Play!

After three days we are at 30% funding which is great to see. Who knows, this time next year you may be holding the book in your hand, with, hopefully, a glass of something nice in the other. 

Incidentally, today (Friday) we are offering a 25% discount on our rewards so if you are minded to upgrade your pledge or perhaps…

Publication date: 01 September 2022
108% funded
391 backers