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'The most delicious, depraved, inventive, macabre and hilarious literary debut I can think of. In the appallingly appealing Lucifer Box, Mark Gatiss has created an anti-hero for the ages. Watching the number of chapters, then pages, dwindle was heart-rending...no one has ever combined the seedy, the stylish, the rumbustious, the raffish, the egregious, the outrageous, the high and the low with such wit and grace. More, I want more!'
Stephen Fry xx
'With its quaint dust jacket and Beardsley-inspired illustrations, the book feels like a visitor from a more elegant era . . . Giddily inventive and packed with delirious incident, it suggests a post-modern project comparable to Michel Faber's pseudo-Dickensian 'The Crimson Petal and the White'. It is easy to imagine Oscar Wilde, on a chaise longue, smoking an absurdly expensive cigarette, reading THE VESUVIUS CLUB and laughing out loud at its playful decadence and wit. There can surely be no higher praise' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.
'Self-deprecatingly subtitled "a bit of fluff"...Gatiss's prose is upholstered in a rather superior grade of fluff: redolent of soft leather chairs in fine gentlemen's establishments, and the cracking of whips in the basements beneath them. Set amid the decadent fleshpots of the Edwardian demi-monde, the novel introduces the raffish toast of London society, Lucifer box, leading portraitist of the age and undercover agent on behalf of His Majesty's government. A dandy and a bounder, Box works his way dandyishly through a sequence of adventures which leads him to penetrate a secret Neapolitan crime ring, plus the willing rinfs of several secretive Neapolitans.... perniciously addictive piece of escapism' GUARDIAN 27/11
'An intelligent, spirited book' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'A breathless caper set in Edwardian London. Although it's humbly subtitled 'A Bit of Fluff' it far more resembles the kind of monster fur ball you'd find lurking beneath the bed in a seaside hotel...A stylishly published volume...but beneath all the fuzz lies a genuine darkness' OBSERVER
'Gatiss mixes in THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN's penchant for horror with large doses of arch wit and louche laying about. It's Oscar Wilde crossed with H.P. Lovecraft....this could be the bit of fluff you've been looking for' TELEGRAPH
'If you're going to have humorous pastiche, give me this any day, with its evocations of Edwardian melodrama and derring-do' TIMES
'It's Gatiss's impeccable lightness of touch and huge delight in wordplay that makes this a joy. Studded with epigrams, asides, such wonderful names as Strangeways Pugg and Everard Supple, this is a wickedly written romp to put a smile on the face of anyone amused by the strange alchemy of the words "a peculiar horror of artichokes"' SFX MAGAZINE
'An imaginative and riveting read which draws you in to the era and leaves you wishing you didn't have to leave' WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
'If you like your adventures rollicking and your heroes camp, then Lucifer Box is your man' OBSERVER 10/7
'Wildean witticisms are mixed with Gothic chills. Added to which is the hero's Bond-like fondness for fine wines, good tailoring and fast women. One only hopes the author can take time out from his League of Gentlemen commitments to write a successor' THE TIMES 9/7
'A delicious slice of decadence from Edwardian England . . . written with dashing charm, knowing humour and rakish wit, let's hope that THE VESUVIUS CLUB is the first of many adventures for Lucifer Box. A dandy of a book' ATTITUDE
Presenting a thrilling plunge into Edwardian low life and high society with England's most dashing secret agent in the greatest mysteries of the age, which are... who is killing Britain' most prominent vulcanologists - and which tie goes best with a white carnation?
Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde: portrait painter, wit, dandy and rake - the guest all hostesses must have. And most do.
But few of his connections or conquests know that Lucifer Box is also His Majesty's most daring secret agent, at home in both London's Imperial grandeur and the underworld of crazed anarchists and despicable vice that seethes beneath.
And so of course when Britain's most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is only one man his country can turn to.
Lucifer Box ruthlessly deduces and seduces his way from his elegant townhouse at Number 9 Downing Street (somebody has to live there), to the seediest stews of Naples, in search of the mighty secret society that may hold the fate of the world in its claw-like hands - the Vesuvius Club.
Mark Gatiss is one of the League of Gentlemen, whose multi-award winning television show is soon to become a movie. As well as 'The League' he has written for the Guardian, Radio 4 and the new series of Doctor Who.
He lives in a laboratory in North London and takes a daily seven per cent solution of tea.
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Description du livre SIMON SCHUSTER, United States, 2007. Paperback. Etat : New. Ian Bass (illustrateur). New edition. Brand New Book. When Lucifer Box Esq - dandy, rake, portraitist and His Majesty s Most Dashing Secret Agent - wrote the first volume of his adventures, The Vesuvius Club, he could never have imagined that one hundred and one years later he would end up as an artwork himself. But - like Dorian Grey before him - he has. Inspect Box at home in Number 9 Downing Street (but try to ignore the mess) and in the Turkish Baths. Witness his coach-chase though London, on the path of the murderer of Britain s most eminent scientific brains. Spy on the secrets he uncovers when that path leads him to Naples, including the biggest secret of all - the nefarious (but nice) Vesuvius Club. n reading Mark Gatiss s novel, Stephen Fry exclaimed More, I want more! Well here it is. A book that might just match the wildest dreams of its hero, The Vesuvius Club: The Graphic Edition illustrates Lucifer Box deliciously sandwiched between Edwardian low life and high society. N° de réf. du vendeur LVN9780743276009
Description du livre Simon & Schuster UK, 2007. Paperback. Etat : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du vendeur P110743276000
Description du livre Simon & Schuster UK, 2007. Paperback. Etat : New. N° de réf. du vendeur DADAX0743276000
Description du livre Simon & Schuster UK. PAPERBACK. Etat : New. 0743276000 New Condition. N° de réf. du vendeur NEW7.1234117
Description du livre Simon & Schuster UK, 2007. Paperback. Etat : New. book. N° de réf. du vendeur M0743276000