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by David Nokes

A harmless joke thrown in after one glass of wine too many triggers a series of revengeful plots, grotesque confrontations and literary hoaxes.

World experts on Madoc, one of the greatest eighteenth-century poets, are gathering for a celebratory conference in Wales, in a solitary building run by a religious sect advocating chastity and purity of mind. 

It's a world populated by shady, repressed and unscrupulous academics, whose only means of salvation appears to be through the discovery of an unknown page from the life and works of a dead writer; but when a whole new canto from Madoc's masterpiece appears out of the blue and is presented at the conference - the heat is on. The result can only be further literary disaster.

David Nokes' witty and sharp black comedy adds a new page to the long English tradition of social satire, in tones strongly reminiscent of Swift and Pope.

Publication date: 01/06/2005

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