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
21.6 x 13.8 pp. 486 pp. 1992 The fourth volume in the Chronicles of an Age of Darkess series
‘You’re right,’ said King Tor. ‘Those were but boyish pranks. So I’ll let you off lightly. We’ll have you birched in public today. You spend tonight buried up to the neck in the public dungheap. Tomorrow morning, we’ll put you on a boat. Three leagues from shore, you’ll be thrown overboard. That is my justice.’
Drake knew he had got a good deal.
What he didn’t know was that this was only the start of a long journey that would take him far from his home and his love – and that he would have to endure far worse before either could be regained.More info →
21.6 x 13.8 cm. 283 pp. 1987
The third volume in the Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series
‘Lord Alagrace said you’d help.’
‘Any oracle can give you a reading,’ replied Yen Olass.
‘I told Alagrace an oracle couldn’t help me,’ said the Ondrask. ‘I told him I wasn’t interested in a reading. But he told me you’d do better than that. He told me you’d fix it.’
‘What?’ said Yen Olass. She was genuinely shocked, and it took a lot to shock her.
So begins Yen Olass’ involvement in the life-long feud of the warlords of the Collosnon Empire. She was to witness war, madness and wizardry, and would play a greater part in the events of her time than a mere oracle had any right to expect.
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21.6 x 13.8 cm. 127 pp.
First published 1985 (Dolmen Press hardcover) first paperback (Colin Smythe) 1995
Drawings by Raymond Mullan
In Elsewhere Belemus Duck, aged thirteen, a boy of normal appearance, describes a series of unexpected adventures he had when he was still twelve years old. He doesn't quite know how or why they they happened to him, but he is very glad they did, and sets them out here so other people can have a go at them. His excursions into the places of Elsewhere show him mystery, trickery, oddness, a bit of old-fashioned cavalry charging, and a good measure of peril and danger. On the way he meets a pleasant skull, a sad king, the atrocious Mister Creek, the strangely admirable Top Harry, and other characters, desirable and undesirable. Belemus weathers his adventures and reaches thirteen, only to find he misses them very much indeed. But here they are now for the reader as he or she wishes to try them.More info →
In this sequel to the much-acclaimed The Colour of Magic, Rincewind, Twoflower and the many-legged luggage return to the Discworld with the help of the Octavo and overcome the attempts by the wizards of the Unseen University to capture them, and then save the Discworld from an invasion from the Dungeon Dimensions.
`Marvellous sequel... pure fantastic delight.' - Time OutMore info →
The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic
This is how the Discworld began...
In The Colour of Magic the failed wizard Rincewind burst upon the world and hasn't stopped running since. This was the book that started the phenomenally successful fantasy series. Here is the sapient pearwood Luggage, a mobile trunk which launders any clothes put in it and incidentally homicidally defends its owner. Here is Twoflower, an innocent tourist in a world of nightmares and fairy tales gone wrong. Here is Cohen the Barbarian, the world's oldest and greatest hero. Here is Death, not such a bad sort when you get to know him...
They have adventures. It'd take to long too explain. Just read it!
First published in 1983, The Colour of Magic has been translated into thirty languages, and has sold over two million copies in Corgi editions alone. The Light Fantastic, published in 1986, follows closely behind, and of all the Discworld novels it is the only true sequel to an earlier work. This two-in-one volume was first published in 1999.More info →
The first novel of the Discworld series
On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s Rincewind, an avaricious but inept wizard, Twoflower, a naive tourist whose murderous luggage moves on hundreds of little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course, the Edge of the Discworld, and its circumfence. . .
‘Pratchett is very good indeed’ - StandardMore info →
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.