Argraffiad newydd o nofel ddoniol wedi ei lleoli yng Nghaerdydd a Llundain am ddarlithwraig a sgriptwraig ffilm canol oed bron â cholli ei phwyll wrth iddi gael ei denu gan ddiwylliant alcohol a chyffuriau, gan awdur Rancid Aluminium. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 2002.
A new edition of a humorous novel set in Cardiff and London about a middle-aged female lecturer and film scripwriter who almost loses her senses as she is drawn into the alcohol and drugs culture, by the author of Rancid Aluminium. First published in 2002.
White Powder, Green Light is a satire of the cocaine-fuelled film and television industry in London as well as its Assembly-subsidised politically correct counterpart in Wales.
The story focuses on Dr Jane Feverview, a thirty-something divorcee lecturer who moves from London to Cardiff to take up a job at the University of Pontypool, in order to bring her son up with her Cardiff-based ex-husband in a better environment. In her spare time, she posts carefully drafted, mostly flirtatious messages (designed to impress a certain fellow internet addict) on ResistYoof.co.uk, a website where ‘decent, normal people swap tales and advice about how to annoy Yoof’.
By coincidence and crossed wires, Paul Salmon, a London film producer, picks up one of her messages, mistaking it for a film script and the events start spiralling out of Jane’s hands. She soon finds herself in London with a script deal, completely out of her depth, negotiating her way amongst actors, producers and drug dealers.
No doubt using his experience of adapting Rancid Aluminium, his previous best-selling novel into ‘the worst film ever made in the UK’ (Guardian), James Hawes satirises the media high life both in London and in a provincial Wales. Sparing no-one from his witty satire, Hawes pokes fun at the arrogant and self-delusional go-getters in London, swanning their way around the Soho film circuit, as well as the leek-carrying double-barrel-named Welsh with their ‘pure, unembarrassed, guilt-free, Celtic Authenticity’.
White Powder, Green Light is a fast-paced story that has you laughing almost non-stop and definitely the funniest book I’ve read in a long while. Original and funny, I would recommend this to anyone who has ever faced the impossible task of trying to spell a Welsh placename to a call-centre operator!
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