[Free eBook] The Hero of Saint Roger by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Post-WWII Literary Satire]

The Hero of Saint Roger by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage standalone literary fiction novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1954 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is set several years after World War II, on a fictional Caribbean island which is a popular tourist destination which one day experiences a disaster which forces them to rebuild. With resources difficult to obtain, the islanders hatch a scheme to deceive the outside world into aiding them, which some islanders begin to have second thoughts about even as it gets underway, in a story that both explores and skewers life in both the wartime and postwar years.

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[Free eBook] Born Bad by Marnie Riches [Crime Thriller Comedy]

Born Bad by by Manchester-resident British author Marnie Riches, is her standalone noir crime thriller novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

This is apparently a darkly comedic gritty tale of (dis)organized crime set in Manchester, as a family-run criminal gang engages in a turf war after their leader is stabbed. NB: both the customer and editorial reviews tend to note that this is very violent, but also very funny. YMMV.

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[Free eBook] A Footman for the Peacock by Rachel Ferguson [Vintage Literary Satire]

A Footman for the Peacock by the late English author Rachel Ferguson, an early 20th century journalist and novelist whom Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt cites as a literary influence, is her vintage literary fiction satire novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1940 by Jonathan Cape, and this new edition has a retrospective introductory foreword about the author’s works, by social historian Elizabeth Crawford, who has contributed to the official British government history blog. The story is a satirical class comedy depicting the foibles of an unpleasant upper-crust family dodging their responsibilities during WWII, centred around their absurd indulgence of a peacock on their estate which may not only be a reincarnation of a centuries-deceased servant, but possibly also aiding the Nazi cause.

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