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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.
‘Butlin is a gifted writer. Insightful, wry and humane. Intensely readable.’ —Brian Taylor
‘Brilliant! … a suavely compelling, ceaselessly inventive entertainment … delivered with delirious aplomb … Butlin is both a master farceur and a merciless satirist.’ —Ronald Frame, Scottish Review of Books
‘The language is sharp, funny and considered, and lends credence to Butlin's reputation as an author of tremendous talent.’ —The List
‘At the core of Billionaire’s Banquet is an entertaining knockabout comedy about the way early ambition is tempered by reality, or how noble principles inevitably give way to self-interest.’ —The Herald
‘Handled with Butlin's skill and compassion, the dark material in Night Visits is anything but sensationalised. He is ever seeking to acquire and encourage understanding of even the most wretched souls.’ —Nicholas Royle, Time Out
‘The Sound of My Voice is the sound of a writer at the peak of his power, and one of the most inventive and daring novels ever to have come out of Scotland. Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality.’ —Ian Rankin
‘An assured, beautifully written novel.’ —Iain Banks
‘Butlin is a novelist capable of making the improbable ring true … remarkable powers of description … compellingly written.’ —Allan Massie, The Scotsman
‘One of the most powerful and compelling pieces to emerge from the pen of this superb writer.’ —Alexander McCall Smith
‘The book’s strength is its pace and its vivid drawing of a mother’s battle with social exclusion. The rather staccato style was not what I was expecting from the Makar, although there are touches of memorable lyricism and poignant symbolism: the Ghost Moon of the title is the name Maggie gives to the emerging Moon as she pushes Tom in his pram: seemingly as distant as her dreams.’ —Michael North, The Independent
‘★★★★★ This may be a short, compact novel but the slim tome is miraculously obese with feelings, life and a story that must have been repeated over and over during the last 50-plus years. Indeed this is how Ron makes a difference: before Ghost Moon I didn't fully understand the effects of the 'moral society' of the 50s that many still hark back to but now I do. Perhaps I'm not the only one.’ —Ani Johnson, The Bookbag
‘★★★★★ Top Ten Literary Fiction Books of the Year A beautifully touching story . . . powerful and compelling. Brilliant.’ —Ani Johnson, The Bookbag
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