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The Leaky Establishment

(1984)
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"A comic novel with both verbal wit and comedy of situation, that owes something to the tradition of Tom Sharpe, and a great deal more to the Langfordian warped sense of humour. The Leaky Establishment has that quality belonging to genuine farce, best described as delighted frustration - frustration because Tappen is blocked at every turn, difficulty piled on impossibility, until it seems that the plot can never be resolved; and delight, because these impossibilities are comic, one has the immense and reprehensible satisfaction of seeing some other poor bugger in the mire."
Mary Gentle


"I'd rank this book alongside Michael Frayn's The Tin Men, another neglected classic. I've wanted for years to see it back in print. It is one of those books you end up buying several copies of, because you just have to lend it to friends. It's very funny. It's very real. "
Terry Pratchett


Smuggling plutonium out of a nuclear research centre is surprisingly easy. The difficult part is smuggling it back in again ...

The Leaky Establishment is an atomic farce whose author David Langford once worked in the gentle radioactive glow of Britain's nuclear weapons industry, and who hilariously satirises it from the inside. Black comedy overtakes the unfortunate defence scientist hero Roy Tappen when a "harmless" theft of office furniture lands him with his very own doomsday nuclear stockpile at home. Chain reactions of comic escapades follow, with disaster piled on disaster, leading the increasingly desperate Tappen to the borders of science fiction as he seeks a way out of the mess.

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Hardback Editions

June 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Leaky Establishment
Author(s): David Langford
ISBN: 0-584-31167-2 / 978-0-584-31167-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Frederick Muller Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leaky Establishment
Author(s): David Langford
ISBN: 1-59224-125-5 / 978-1-59224-125-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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January 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leaky Establishment
Author(s): David Langford
ISBN: 1-903468-00-0 / 978-1-903468-00-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Big Engine
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October 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaky Establishment
Author(s): David Langford
ISBN: 0-7221-5378-3 / 978-0-7221-5378-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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