22.5 x 15.0 cm vi, 257 pp. 2001
The Second of The Borough Novels
What does it feel like to be turned into a saint? Well, a lot of fuss and bother, probably. So the corpse of the ancient Gardener, cooling on a slab in The Borough's secret Abbey, isn't waiting to find out. It's happy being dead. All it wants is peace. That and to be far beyond the reach of its Abbot's unholy ambitions.
And then there's the microchip that knows everything there is to know. But it's lost and cold and dying in the winter's ice and snow. The last of its transistors begins to flicker out. Is there anything at all that can save it now?
Planting Out is the second of the Books of The Borough by Gerry O’Brien. The soap saga continues, open and read...
Soldier, sailor, dolls' house maker, Gerry O'Brien has been them all though not necessarily in that order, it's just the way it scans best. And that in itself should tell you all you need to know about him, and maybe more than you want. (That and the fact that, arguably, he begins too many sentences with conjunctions.)
But of course there have been other things too – lorry driving, stacking shelves, bread delivery, scrapes with death. Though that was all years and years ago. Now he's been a full-time writer for longer than anything else except a husband, a father and alive. And his two children are lovely a lot of the time. And he is married to an extraordinarily patient woman who is also lovely more on than off.
e was educated, yes.
Getting The Books of The Borough off the ground is nearly the most exciting thing that's ever happened to him. And if that sounds unlikely then try getting your own books published and you'll see.
17.9 x 11.2 cm. The first of The Borough Novels
The Diamond is a psychopath. It wants to rule the world and it’s not messing about. It’s a Diamond that means business. And there’s only one man who can stop it.
Just one man? But surely. . . There has to be. . .
Down in London’s infamous Borough the denizens are rushing to grab the Diamond first – before someone else does.
Can the Diamond be stopped? Can decency overcome greed? Will the fabric of Time, space and hospital corridors ever be the same again?
'O'Brien's debut is a fresh, fast-paced tale ... and takes us smartly through the intricate consequences of what occurs when a desirable diamond ends up in the hands of the wrong people. It's packed full of motors, shooters, East End vernacular and plenty of old-fashioned London villains, who are prone to a comic cock-up or two. Sounds good? Now, imagine that a writer influenced by Terry Pratchett has decided to spice it up with a bit of fantasy, alternative reality and anthropomorphism. Yes, anthropomorphism. The diamond can think and converse with other inanimate objects and is, in fact, probably the most fully realised character in the novel - we even see the robbery from its perspective. If this sounds like a mess, it's not, as long as you can get along with a thinking, talking gemstone for a hero, the rest of the story pulls you in with its vigour and humour. Although clever-clever, Cleaning Up is intelligent as well, and you'll have a good time with it.' The Mail on Sunday's Night and Day
'Has a warm and ingenious inanity that recalls the writing of Terry Pratchett: to coin a nasty new verb, we could say it Pratchetts away merrily. Be encouraged or warned, according to taste.' Sunday Times