Christie Malry's Own Double Entry (King Penguin)

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9780140068269: Christie Malry's Own Double Entry (King Penguin)

Christie Malry is a simple person. Born into a family without money, he realised early along in the game that the best way to come by money was to place himself next to it. So he took a job as a very junior bank clerk in a very stuffy bank. It was at the bank that Christie discovered the principles of double-entry book keeping, from which he evolved his Great Idea. For every offence Christy henceforth received at the hands of a society with which he was clearly out of step, a debit must be noted; after which, society would have to be paid back appropriately, so that the paper credit would accrue to Christy's account. Now made into a film starring Nick Moran of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame. Acerbic yet funny, this is a novel which, even as it provokes laughter, will alarm and disturb as well. 'A most gifted writer' - Samuel Beckett. 'The future of the novel depends on people like B.S. Johnson' - Anthony Burgess. 'Mr. Johnson has undoubtedly written a masterpiece.' - Auberon Waugh. 'Delightful to read, highly amusing, and clever.' - "Daily Telegraph."

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'Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry' is Johnson's most broadly humorous book, though as readers will discover, his humor has a bite. Christie is a simple man. His job in a bank puts him next to but not in possession of money. He encounters the principles of Double-Entry Bookkeeping and adapts them in his own dramatic fashion to settle his account with society.

About the Author:

B.S. Johnson (1933-1973) was an experimental novelist, an admirer of Joyce and Beckett, and his works combine verbal inventiveness with typographical innovations. His books include Albert Angelo (1964), Trawl (1966), The Unfortunates (1969), House Mother Normal (1971), and Christy Mairy's Own Double-Entry (1973).

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