“Now about the movie, this movie is Rated R, even if you don’t see the logo below. The kids, especially the Puerto Ricans that are very interested in this movie, you can watch it without your parents permission if you like, you’ll like it later on and very soon, you might not watch it again.”
From a review of Big Pun: Still Not a Player, on IMDb.
“Scholes has such a great footballing brain. He’ll see a picture in his head and literally paint it in front of you.”
Everyone who knows some things about literature in Manchester knows about Bad Language. They have put on a million billion events and all of them have been, like, so well good it has been totally well good (and you can quote me on that). Bad Language (Dan Carpenter, Nici West, and Joe Daly) make Manchester better and they make literature in Manchester better. It is sad (unfair, not fair, so not fair, stupid stupid) that two of them are buggering off to London to live with the queen (or whatever it is London is for). Happily, Bad Language continues but a bit differently, this is the end of an era but not the end end, thank biscuits.
So, to memoryify this big occasion I thought I would do a thank you with words. Words are what Bad Language give us, so how better to say thank you to Dan and Nici before they move to Buckingham Palace (or wherever it is you live in London) than by giving words to their (rather splendid) audience. So, I am giving away up-to-and-including 25 books on Wednesday. All you have to do is say what book you want from the list in the comments box, turn up to Bad Language on Wednesday (26th February, the Castle, 7:30) , find me, and ask my face for your book which I will then give you and say you’re welcome with my face.
These are the books…
- Paolo Bacigalupi – The Windup Girl
- John le Carré – The Russia House
- J.M. Coetzee – Summertime
- Moshin Hamid – The Reluctant Fundamentalist
- Alan Hollinghurst – The Line of Beauty
- Keri Hulme – The Bone People
- Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question
- Miranda July – No One Belongs Here More Than You
- Ismail Kadare – The Accident
- Toby Litt – Exhibitionism
- Penelope Lively – Moon Tiger
- Hisham Matar – In the Country of Men
- Simon Mawer – The Glass Room
- Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
- David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas
- V.S. Naipaul – In a Free State
- R.K. Narayan – The English Teacher
- Andrew O’Hagan – The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe
- Chuck Palahnuik – Diary
- Joanna Russ – On Strike Against God
- Salman Rushdie – Shame
- Orson Scott Card – Enders Game
- Graham Swift – Last Orders
- William Trevor – The Story of Lucy Gault
- Alberto Barrera Tyszka – The Sickness
Pick a book, put it in the comments box (first come first served), turn up to Bad Language. The headliner is Emma Lannie, who will be reading from her debut collection, ‘Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis’.
See you there.