The Twenty-Five Deeds of Hanson Drake

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INTRODUCTION, November 2016
Nearly three years have passed since I wrote The Twenty-Five Deeds of Hanson Drake. Three years, and more than eight million readers. Three years, and more than a million letters and emails sent from people around the world asking questions about Hanson Drake’s life.

What can I possibly tell them? Tell you?

BLURB
Hanson Drake has five hundred million in the bank and a house on the beach overlooking the ocean. As the writer of the world’s favourite song, he hasn’t had to do a day’s work in his life.

Stung into action by a derisive article in a national newspaper, Hanson Drake decides to change his life by becoming a volunteer at a country house. He vows to do at least one good deed every day in the twenty-four days leading up to Christmas, hoping to secure salvation and redemption for his wasteful life.

In helping others—and learning to celebrate the ordinariness and eccentricities of the people he meets—he finally understands his place in the universe.

But what does fate have planned for Hanson Drake?

BACKGROUND
In 2004, the singer and actor David Bowie suffered a minor, but not trivial, heart attack while on stage at the Hurricane Festival in Germany: he completed the performance, but subsequently underwent emergency surgery in Hamburg to treat an acutely blocked coronary artery.

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London-born author Briar Kit Esme is best known for the prescient and allegorical novel The Twenty-Five Deeds of Hanson Drake. Published in 2013, the story follows the enigmatic songwriting starman Hanson Drake—a fictionalised stand-in for the late David Bowie (1947–2016)—during the final weeks of his life. Through critical and popular acclaim, Hanson Drake has attracted favourable comparisons with a number of award-winning novels, including Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, for its simple feel-good narrative; Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, for its epigrammatic literary style; and Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World, for its wide-ranging philosophical ideas.

Briar Kit is also the author of the operatic plaria Hathaway—Eight Arias For A Bardic Life, written to mark the quatercentenary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Commissioned as a co-production for Helios Collective, Buxton Opera, and Copenhagen Opera, Hathaway received its much-lauded world premiere at Buxton Festival in 2016.

Briar Kit now publishes under noms de plume, while also working as a scriptwriter and librettist for opera, music, theatre, film, and television companies, and as a ghostwriter, editor, and consultant for world-renowned authors.

Contact via Briar Kit’s website at briarkitesme.wordpress.com

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Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.INTRODUCTION, November 2016 Nearly three years have passed since I wrote The Twenty-Five Deeds of Hanson Drake. Three years, and more than eight million readers. Three years, and more than a million letters and emails sent from people around the world asking questions about Hanson Drake s life. What can I possibly tell them? Tell you? BLURB Hanson Drake has five hundred million in the bank and a house on the beach overlooking the ocean. As the writer of the world s favourite song, he hasn t had to do a day s work in his life. Stung into action by a derisive article in a national newspaper, Hanson Drake decides to change his life by becoming a volunteer at a country house. He vows to do at least one good deed every day in the twenty-four days leading up to Christmas, hoping to secure salvation and redemption for his wasteful life. In helping others-and learning to celebrate the ordinariness and eccentricities of the people he meets-he finally understands his place in the universe. But what does fate have planned for Hanson Drake? BACKGROUND In 2004, the singer and actor David Bowie suffered a minor, but not trivial, heart attack while on stage at the Hurricane Festival in Germany: he completed the performance, but subsequently underwent emergency surgery in Hamburg to treat an acutely blocked coronary artery. . continued on Briar Kit s website at. Seller Inventory # APC9781493653393

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. 180 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.6in.BLURBHanson Drake has five hundred million in the bank and a house on the beach overlooking the ocean. As the writer of the worlds favourite song, he hasnt had to do a days work in his life. Stung into action by a derisive article in a national newspaper, Hanson Drake decides to change his life by becoming a volunteer at a country house. He vows to do at least one good deed every day in the twenty-four days leading up to Christmas in the hope of securing salvation and redemption for his wasteful life. In helping others, he finally understands his place in the universe as he learns to celebrate the ordinariness and eccentricities of the people he meets. But what does fate have planned for Hanson DrakeNOTESThe Twenty-Five Deeds of Hanson Drake is Christmas story set during Advent. The novel can be enjoyed at anytime of the year, but it makes a perfect Christmas read between 30 November and 25 December. If you buy the HANSON DRAKE paperback, you can get the Kindle version from Amazon for free. REVIEWSHANSON DRAKE is a fantastic Christmas novel. It is right up there with A Christmas Carol and Its A Wonderful Life in setting the mood for the holiday season. I laughed and cried, sometimes on the same page. I loved this book! It was so easy to get into and I really liked Hanson Drake. I can highly recommend Briar Kit Esmes 25 Deeds of Hanson Drake. Just finished reading it; highly enjoyable and thought provoking. Briar Kit, I loved your rich, elegant and amusing style. I liked your characters a lot, and could even feel some sympathy for a rich person who tries to appear poor (the exact opposite of me. . . ). Thank you very much for this gift!Im not sure if I just read an advent story or a craftily worded philosophic treatise. Either way Ill certainly be in line to buy Briar Kits next novel. HANSON DRAKE tickles the soft underbelly of the British middle-classes. Theres something reminiscent of Jerome K. Jerome or P. G. Wodehouse in Briar Kit Esmes gently comic writing. Deceptively simple. It was only when I reached the final chapters that I realised just how deep and perceptive a novel HANSON DRAKE really is. HANSON DRAKE is both a great novel that is simple, and a simple novel that is great. The kind of book that will still be read one hundred years from now. The chapter about Talulah Bowles was so moving. The final scene reduced me to tears. I cant believe I cried just because spoiler removed. But it seemed to be the least that I could do. I thought I knew exactly how the book was going to end. I was so wrong about that. I sat down to read one chapter. Ended up reading the whole book. Who doesnt want to meet a man like Hanson DrakeI could see the BBC making HANSON DRAKE into one of those serialisations that they usually do for Dickens stories. Would be a festive hit. In our house, the moral imperative question is now framed as: What would Hanson doI have read HANSON DRAKE six times so far. One minute youre chuckling at Gordon and Gwen and are immersed in a highly benevolent vision of Middle England, and the next you are thrown by the moving chapters about Talulah Bowles, River Becken and the Fawn. The chapter about Noah Guilmard-Mistry. . . if people only read one chapter, they should make sure that it is that one. I found myself crying along with Whitney and Leeann. Christmas will never be quite the same again after reading HANSON DRAKE. Three cheers for the acerbic Christopher Hitchingly. Hes the one who has got quite a tongue. I hated Vincent Virgo at first sight, but grudgingly admired him by the end of the chapter. Very clever writing. Vinny and Alexis could have stepped out of the pages of a Dickens novel. Quite a tongue. Huzzah for Hanson Drake: we finally have a Christmas character capable of knocking Scrooge off his festive perch. Jon Kerking. The mans a legend, Anson. A book that can be. Enjoyed by. All th This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781493653393

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