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The League Against Christmas

The League Against Christmas

(1989)
A novel by

 
'Curtin is one of Ireland's best writers.'
Roddy Doyle

'Michael Curtin is one of Ireland's national treasures - a superb comic novelist.'
Sunday Express

A brilliant farce from the master of comic intrigue and, in Roddy Doyle's words, 'The creator of some of the best barmen in modern literature - Michael Curtin.'

A glorious nostalgic farce set in the unforgiving 1980s. The League Against Christmas are five solo whist players who meet every Wednesday night in a dowdy pub - The King's Head - in Shepherd's Bush: Percy Bateman, a drifting Irish social misfit who once spectacularly failed on the rugby pitch; Kenneth Foster, an accountant who harbours desires to cross-dress; Arthur Ellis, a former area manager of NatWest finance who wants to convert the world to using lino (not a popular flooring in the chrome-plated 1980s) and carries a piece with him at all times for the purpose; Ernie Gosling, the King's Head potman; and Diana Hayhurst, shoulder-padded editor of Unipolitan magazine for the modern woman.

Each hates Christmas and the league decide to pursue an alternative: a diddly club robbery in Mellick, Co. Mayo, carried out under the hang-dog eyes of a couple of the Metropolitan Police's finest, who have mistaken the league for an IRA cell. This is Curtin at his irreverent, lovable best with a delightful cast of characters in a plot of pure devilry.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: The League Against Christmas
Author(s): Michael Curtin
ISBN: 0-233-98382-1 / 978-0-233-98382-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The League Against Christmas
Author(s): Michael Curtin
ISBN: 1-910670-61-8 / 978-1-910670-61-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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November 1997 : UK Paperback
Title: The League Against Christmas
Author(s): Michael Curtin
ISBN: 1-85702-740-X / 978-1-85702-740-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: The League Against Christmas
Author(s): Michael Curtin
ISBN: 1-897850-10-7 / 978-1-897850-10-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Heads Publishing
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The League Against Christmas
Author(s): Michael Curtin
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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