The Independent declared it ‘may well be the funniest thing you’ll read this year’ and Stuart Maconie’s said it’s ‘both scabrous and rude and heartwarming’. The new novel from John Niven (author of Kill Your Friends) is The Lavender Hill Mob, directed by Tarantino and starring the wives of the Hatton Garden jewellery heist (plus the film rights have already been snapped up by the producer of The Silver Linings Playbook.)
In short: it’s a lunatic bank robbing caper, powered by a desire to do something crazy, booze, swearing and a motorised wheelchair.
We join the action as Susan, who thought she had a completely normal life, has had said life turned upside down. Her husband, Barry, has been living a double life involving a sex dungeon and a lot of debt. Following his death, Susan’s facing losing it all, and has come up with an unusual plan to save the day, roping in her friend Julie, whose ex-boyfriend, Nails, might be able to provide some professional advice on how to a/ rob a bank and b/ get away with it. The question is, whether it’s better to regret something you did do than something you didn’t…
Read the extract.
The Sunshine Cruise Company is out now in hardback and ebook.