THE GREAT POCKES

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ST BARLAAM'S DAY

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ABOUT R B TAYLOR

Robert Taylor’s original feature screenplay Muggers premiered at Cannes in 1999 and was nominated for the Australian Writers Guild’s Best Original screenplay award.

A second original feature screenplay, Cliffy premiered on ABC TV (Australia) in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim and outstanding ratings.


He has optioned, sold, or been assigned a further twelve feature film scripts in the US, the UK and Australia to Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or, Golden Lion and Golden Globe-winning producers. These include Stealing America (Prod: Michel Shane – I, Robot, Catch Me if You Can) and David Redman (Prod: Before the Rain) and All I Want  (Prod: Gareth Wiley – Match Point, Vicki, Christina, Barcelona).


He has taught screenwriting/creative writing at universities in the US, the UK and Australia.  He lives in Bath, Somerset with his wife, Juliet.


The Great Pockes is his second novel.


St Baarlam’s Day is his first novel.

 
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THE GREAT POCKES

“It spreads how?”

HENRY VII – yes, the one Shakespeare forgot! – has a problem. Several problems. His subjects are unhappy with their tax burden, the nobles are unhappy with his leadership and his claim on the throne is shaky at best.
He faces the biggest threat to his rule. An epidemic is sweeping England and it is spread by … sexual intercourse!
The Pockes, no less. Or The Great Pockes as it is soon known.
It falls to Robert Bacon, a young barber-surgeon to trace the origin of the disease and find a cure. But he reckons without the opposition of Henry’s faction-riven, self-seeking, agenda-driven government – sound familiar? – and the hostility of the Church, and the physicians, alchemists and soothsayers which make up the English medical profession.

 
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ST BARLAAM'S DAY

Crime was never meant to be this funny

A young rock’n’roll band turn rock’n’roll outlaws when they kidnap and ransom the director of a secretive, right-wing think tank.


Such a simple plan …

St Barlaam’s Day, heavily in debt and desperate to replace their stolen equipment, hatch a plan to kidnap Ivor Greenwood, the secretive director of a powerful right wing think tank.

What could possibly go wrong?

No one wants to pay the ransom for starters and Greenwood has friends in very high places, anxious for his return. And powerful enemies who would happily see him dead.

 

REVIEWS AND CRITICS' COMMENTS

on R B Taylor's writing

“ … a fresh, funny black comedy with something to say about contemporary society. Savage in its wit , and refreshingly non-PC, it deserves to find an audience for its outlandish originality alone. Cult prospects and ancillary are strong.”  VARIETY

“delicious satire …” COURIER-MAIL

“There’s a wonderful ruthlessness …a very funny black comedy … inventive and fast-moving … ” SBS TELEVISION

ST BARLAAM'S DAY

"A very enjoyable ride, great characters, believable AND funny.
Clever writing, I congratulate Robert Taylor on his debut novel, and, I look forward to the band's next adventure."

"If you’re looking for a book full of impossible, weird, hilarious, fast-paced twists of events look no farther. R.B. Taylor’s debut novel, St Barlaam’s Day, has it all.  From quirky --but quality-- music band to criminal gang on the run, the characters in this book are delightfully edged. Taylor’s prose takes you on a tour like no other: The misadventures of wanna-be musicians turned wanna-be thugs aligned with the calendar of saints. The pages of this book, a rosary of hilarious events that will make for a fun read any time, anywhere."