1985, Edinburgh. Thatcher’s policies are biting deep – fat cats and street-kids, lovers, losers and the rest struggle to survive. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become too demanding . . .
Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires’ Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.
About the Author
With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, RON BUTLIN is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate. Now over to Ron –
Before becoming a writer, I was a pop-song lyricist (3 records and a brief appearance in a justly-neglected film. I was also a footman attending parties for the great and good, the rich and bad (see my forthcoming novel ‘Billionaire’s Banquet’), a barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. My work has been widely translated, and ‘The Sound of My Voice’ has been twice been awarded a ‘Best Foreign Novel’ prize as well been made into a film, a rather short film.
Ron is a novelist, poet, children’s author, opera librettist, playwright – one of these, on a good day. Ron has been auctioned twice for charity, and put in a cage outside parliament for The Day of the Imprisoned Writer. All very character-building.
Ron has given readings world-wide including at the House of Lords, John Knoz’s pulpit in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and an Arab tent in Bahrain.
Ron lives in Edinburgh with my wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their dog (Note – Nessie, as she’s called in the book, features in my first novel for early teens, ‘Steve & FranDan Take on the World’ which is due out this spring. She is great fun on paper and in real life).
I jumped at a chance to review this book it sounded right up my street, set in Edinburgh in 1985. I struggled at the beginning of the novel until as I found it difficult getting to grips with who was who. However, once I got to about page 49 I was hooked and especially intrigued as to what would happen with DD and Hume. The way the novel is written reminded me of a film script – a character would end a chapter then that ending would be picked up again and I really enjoyed that.
The author also handles multiple points of view perfectly. It’s extremely well written and darkly humorous. What I most enjoyed was the way the author evoked Edinburgh and the weather and the streets. The author is masterful at creating vivid scenes and is highly descriptive. This is my favourite read of the year. I can’t wait to read more from this author.