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Christie Malry's Own Double-entry

(1973)
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Beautifully constructed, funny and poignant, Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry is regarded as B.S. Johnson's most humorous book but it is a dark, sly humour predicated on the distaste Johnson had for an oppressive post-war British society (an oppression he delineates brilliantly in The Unfortunates).

Christie is, we are told, a simple man, who works in a bank alongside, but excluded from, money. He moves from the bank to learn Double-Entry Bookkeeping in a firm called Tappers, where his disillusionment deepens leading to his Great Idea: he decides to use the principles of Double-Entry (an Aggravation column for offences caused to him, a Recompense column detailing his revenge) to settle his accounts with society.

Johnson (1933-1973), a forgotten hero of the British avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s (he committed suicide when he was not yet 40), wrote seven wonderful novels that echo Joyce and Beckett in their intelligence, inventiveness and genius for language. The books, full of the kind of typographical innovations so beloved of the concrete poets, have been largely ignored since Johnson killed himself but more than deserve to be looked at again; writers as skilled as Johnson are very few and far between indeed. --Mark Thwaite

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-8112-0953-9 / 978-0-8112-0953-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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September 1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-670-22013-2 / 978-0-670-22013-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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February 1973 : UK Hardback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-00-221131-9 / 978-0-00-221131-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

1781 : UK Paperback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 1-4472-0035-7 / 978-1-4472-0035-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-8112-0954-7 / 978-0-8112-0954-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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May 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-330-48482-6 / 978-0-330-48482-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry (King Penguin)
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-14-006826-0 / 978-0-14-006826-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: Christie Malry's own double-entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 0-7043-1182-8 / 978-0-7043-1182-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
ISBN: 1-5436-8551-X / 978-1-5436-8551-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
Author(s): B S Johnson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK