John Fish B.Sc.Publishers of Tenby in Wales (UK)
Let the Fun of Pembrokeshire be with You!
Silly Mid Off
Explore Pembrokeshire's Humour
If you've ever wondered if there's more to the 'games people play' than 'bat and ball' then Pembrokeshire's funniest man will hilariously and wickedly strip-off your preconceptions exposing your foibles
"O, gwae fi, wedi gweld yr hyn a welais, gweler beth a welaf!"
"O, woe is me, to have seen what I have seen, see what I see!"
Silly Mid Off by Dave Ainsworth
is a comedy novel set in Pembrokeshire (Wales, UK) against an annual cricket match between two village sides, one representing the Welsh speaking North and the other the English speaking South of the County, for the legendary Landsker Cup. Forsaking the insanity of cricket (and you thought it was boring!) it also touches on other aspects of Pembrokeshire life including an amateur-dramatics performance of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Carew Castle ... Silly Mid Off is a complex maze of the intricacies of the human condition and has been professionally criticised for having too many characters, for being too complex. The publishers would claim that, in truth, it's one of those books 'you can't put down' or 'you can't pick up'. Its uniqueness lies in combining fast moving comedy against a backcloth of everyday, including its peaks and depths, life ... Or as Shakespeare put it: "Much Ado about Nothing" ... A challenging read? Perhaps but then it moves at such a fast rate, depending almost entirely on dialogue, that it's as if you're playing catch-up with the author, and he's trying every 'trick in the book' of human deviousness to try and lose you ... But how can a novel combine comedy and seriousness? We believe by exposing that side of us which tries to hide: which thinks that if we protect our real actions with a camouflage then we'll protect ourselves from ridicule, judgement, exposure ... Or are we reading (sorry about the pun!) too much into Silly Mid Off? After all, there's nothing in the story which mightn't have happened to you or someone you know or heard about ... Should you read it? Only if you want, in the immortal words of Monty Python's Flying Circus, something completely different. But this we believe we can safely promise you, you won't say, using the words of Victor Meldrew: "I don't believe it!" ... Will your world ever be the same after reading Silly Mid Off? Of course not, it'll make you think, you'll never be so easily deceived again!
ISBN 0953351211 (price £9.99, 181 pages, ~52,000 words) distributed by the Welsh Books Council. It can be purchased direct from them, or from them via your local bookshop, or from www.amazon.co.uk. Available in Tenby from the Cofion Bookshop.
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