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"Very funny - will keep you turning the pages right to the surprising end." - Eric Idle

A 25th anniversary release of Jonathan Lynn's classic Mayday, in celebration of the release of his latest novel Samaritans.

"Joanna is in desperate need of $10,000, now or soon. No holds barred."

Ernest Mayday, a best-selling British author living in a Hollywood Hills mansion with a beautiful masseuse, has everything that money can buy - except an idea for his next book.

Then he replies to the personal ad placed by the mysterious, tantalizing Joanna. She needs money, fast, and will do anything to get it. Compromising a juror on a major fraud trial is just the beginning of an increasingly labyrinthine plot - a plot that Ernest realizes will make the perfect novel.

But is Ernest observer or voyeur? When does fact end and fiction begin? What is the truth about the Reverend Abel Pile and the sinister Angel of Darkness? Suddenly Ernest finds he is no longer calling the shots - and the bullets are real!

Praise for Mayday

"At last, a thought-filled, mystery-laced, laugh-packed, cynical, satirical knockout novel that takes on L.A.'s cluttered, complex culture, the gratuitous embroidery of American speech, the seismic idiocy of the movie business, feel-good religion, feel-bad psychoanalysis, academian nuts. single sex and group as well. Move over, Raymond Chandler and Nathaniel West, Jonathan Lynn has hit L.A." - Larry Gelbart

"Jonathan Lynn, with his marvelous sense of the comic and his artist's eye for detail has, like Thackeray, spun an unforgettable portrait of the exotic denizens of L.A. - engrossing, scathingly funny, original." - Oliver Sacks

"It is several satirical novels for the price of one, all jostling and milling and spraying their targets with unrestrained vigour." - Times Literary Supplement

"The funniest novel I have read in ages" - John Mortimer

" Lynn, author of Yes, Minister and creator and co-writer of the BBC series based on that and other books, has a cinematic writing style that lends itself well to the story and substance of the book. A multi-layered comic romp." - Kirkus Review

Jonathan Lynn is the multi-award winning author of The Complete Yes Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, which were drawn from the phenomenally successful BBC series which he created and wrote with Antony Jay, and which sold more than a million copies in hardback. They have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later. Other writing: his new novel Samaritans, the play The Patriotic Traitor and a memoir Comedy Rules. His films as director include Clue, Nuns on the Run (both of which he wrote), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman and The Whole Nine Yards. Numerous writing awards include a BAFTA and a Special Award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.

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