Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author eBook é


  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author
  • Paul Ewen
  • English
  • 15 June 2015
  • 9781910296141

10 thoughts on “Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author

  1. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    Plug a fictional alcoholic and slightly autistic part time gardener and aspirational author decides to write a book to prepare authors for their increasing reuirement to appear in public at book readings book signings and literary festivals by attending such events The book is themed around Booker Prize winners – with Plug’s story of his interaction with the winner to get his book actually his banker employer’s first editions of the book signed and dedicated and the short surreal conversations he has with the authors Not a book which completely worked for me and I would like to claim and did at first that it was because the book was a little too lightweight and repetitiveHowever as someone who ueues up every year to get the Booker shortlist signed and literally dines out for the rest of the year on the resulting 1 minute conversations with each of the authors who I then like to pretend are my best friends well as Ali said to me etc on reflection it is that I simply don't want to admit to how much of this may ring rather too close to home


  2. Michael Michael says:

    The Man Booker Prize winners are the who's who of literacy world They include names such as Peter Carey JM Coetzee and Yann Martel Well know we may be adding a new name to this list Francis Plug who despite the small fact that he has yet to write a book is adamant he will be joining the author elite In order to achieve this goal the gardener and wanna be writer will travel the length and breadth of the UK attending speeches and book signing from his idols Now if only he could remember these events then he would doing wellThink a chatty Mr Bean then you have an idea of what Francis is like He is a man who will literally take full advantage of complimentary wine while saying inappropriate and downright hilarious things to the bewildered stars of the show Despite his goal and his drinking seeing him evicted he does not stop with his dream no matter how drunk he gets and how many people he bamboozles along the wayOverall How To Be A Public Author is a light hearted look at the literary circus and also puts loneliness under the microscope Francis desperately wants to be part of the bookish community despite having little confidence or the means to carry through Many of his observations are indeed true such as authors of today needing to be a lot accessible and outgoing than there introverted forefathers I even managed to learn a few things about the authors featured and combined with the humour and the touching reflections of Francis make for an entertaining and heart warming read


  3. Marianne Marianne says:

    “Perhaps with his literary credentials together with his wild rock ‘n’ roll ways Nick Cave is the perfect blueprint for the novelist of the future; uiet solitary and disciplined yet loud crowd pleasing and mental”How To Be A Public Author by Francis Plug is the first novel by New Zealand born author Paul Ewen Gardener and would be author Francis Plug has decided to share knowledge he has gleaned from attendance at author events of Booker Prize winning writers collating “a rich mine of information pertaining to the public skills of our most noted authors Stage etiuette audience uestions book signings wardrobe performance” declaring it “invaluable knowledge for those of us forced to become public authors too”In thirty two chapters each enhanced by an image of the in most cases signed and dedicated to Francis Plug title page Francis describes his encounters with these writers at various author events in bookshops libraries theatres and at book fairs giving the reader a uniue perspective At the same time he relates events in his everyday life as it slowly descends into chaos Francis gradually reveals himself to be an earnest if rather sad and lonely figure often drunk self deluded and perhaps even a little psychotic While Francis is certainly an unreliable narrator both his observations and his activities at these events are a source of much humour The reader will cringe wince groan and laugh out loud at what Francis says to those he meets at his comment s and asides and at his often bizarre behaviour As well as usually consuming a staggering amount of alcohol at these author events Francis manages to somehow include dirty nails smelly clothes Royal horse poo little bunny rabbits a wrestling ring sneaking into fire exits shouting obscenities wee stained trousers a smuggled microphone a bucket of eggs advertising fliers the rumour of a murdered author a black bin cover and several fire extinguishers It becomes apparent that the title of his book could eually be “How To Be A Public Author’s Nightmare” A hilarious debut novel


  4. Paul Fulcher Paul Fulcher says:

    What motivates the event author participant? What makes them seek out the uivering human flesh blood and bone marrow of the author? The fiction author in particular? Surely they the audience have the prereuisite imaginative skills necessary to follow the author's invented work in the first place and yet they seek to crush their flight of fancy by exposing themselves to the factory machinery as it were They have to follow Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse back to the changing rooms and smell the sweat from the red face puppeteersAs someone who on the one hand attends to such events yet on the other fully supports the Ferrante view that a book once published has no need of its author that is a very interesting uestion But for Francis Plug the author of this book but actually a fictional creation of the real author Paul Ewen the answer is to get free wine of greater value than the entrance price disrupt the proceedings and to point out to the authors all the rude bits of their books Eg to Ben Okri I liked that bit in The Famished Road where Madame Koto is moving a table in her bar and she fartsPlug is the Dennis Pennis of the book world and the book follows his encounters with a spectrum of Booker Prize winners as he visits their readings in search of a personalised dedication on his or rather his employer's collection of first editions The choice of Booker prize winners is particularly apposite given that one of the prize's rules actually reuires the publisher to make best efforts to ensure the author takes part in various publicity events; a reuirement double winner JM Coetzee notably refused to fulfilExcept I suspect Plug's encounters didn't actually take place at least in the form described The book does come with copies of the title pages signed by the authors 'to Francis Plug' and Paul Ewen may well have gone to the readings 'in character' but I doubt he caused the chaos he described Which leaves this as if Paul Kaye rather than actually in character as Dennis Pennis making witty uips to film celebrities to Demi Moore 'Are there any circumstances if it wasn't gratuitous and it was tastefully done would consider keeping your clothes on in a movie' had simply written a fictional book as if he had Francis Plug How To Be A Public Author actually has some interesting character sketches of the different authors featured demonstrates a real knowledge of the authors' books in takes that to be able to dig out all the parts dealing with alcohol or bodily functions and some laugh out loud humourThe problem is that to make a novel it is all rather padded out with fart and poo jokes rather wearing tales of Plug's drunkeness a side story about his inept gardening career and some wearing and gratuitous banker bashingAn opportunity missed


  5. Jonathan Pool Jonathan Pool says:

    Is writing like a clockmaker or an escaped horse?Michael Ondaatje a genuine audience uestion This is a niche book; a book that will appeal to those of us who derive genuine pleasure from author appearances and readings it’s like live theatre right?That certainly describes me and so there is lots to like in this original 'Francis Plug' tale of literary celebrity in the face of anarchic social misfit in the person of Paul Ewen's alter ego Francis Plug I loved The concept of asking authors genuinely bizarre uestions Its Alan Partridge cringe worthy The hand dryer in the Gents is a Dolphin Hot Air Dryer” 255 The description of the venues many of which I have visited and the clientele in attendance The uncertain etiuette of the attendee I’m not sure if I should look at him as he reads or direct my eyes elsewhere It’s a dilemma I’ve often faced at author readings Where to look Some people stare at their shoes Others zone out towards some non distinct point in the distancesome of the ‘zen’ People even close their eyes completely Usually I state transfixed at the author getting my money’s worth263 The genuine knowledge of the novels that Paul Ewen brings to the narrative account of each book The reader will miss a lot I suspect unless you have also read the booksof Penelope Lively at Daunts “My constant coughing really is most unpleasant I sound like I’ve been smoking a mosuito deterrent coil”144The full list of booksauthors featured is listed below a classic Booker Prize collection of big names in the literary world I wasn't so keen on The alcoholiism and the down and out sadness Some of the high jinks comedy club capers though to be fair it is still hard to detect which of the encounters are pure fabrication and those based on actual exchanges The support and delight that Paul Ewen gets from his publisher Galley Beggar press is fabulous endearing I went along to the public launch of Writer in Residence at Ruskin House and the event reflected the personality of Paul Ewen He's not a man to seek out the limelight but the air of fun and laughter was all pervasiveIt may be bubble bursting to say it but Paul Ewen is not in actuality disrespectful to authors at all I asked him about one particular and difficult imo writer featured in Public Author and Ewen recalled a part of the talk in uestion that revealed a very different and vulnerable side of the writer The full list of writers and events featured Salman Rushdie Midnights ChildrenBen Okri Famished RoadHilary Mantel Wolf Hall Bring Up the BodiesAS Byatt PossessionJulian Barnes Sense of an EndingG John BergerKazoo Ishiguro Remains of The DayAnne Enright The GatheringKeri Hulme The Bone PeopleArabians Adidas The White TigerThomas Keneally Schindler’s ArkJohn Banville The SeaHoward Jacobson The Finkler uestionPat Barker The Ghost RoadRoddy Doyle Paddy Ha Ha HaPenelope Lively Moon TigerJames Kelman How Late it was How LateYann Martel Life Of PiIan McEwan AmsterdamKirin Dessie Inheritance Of LossVS Naipaul In a Free StateNadine Gordimer The ConservationistMargaret Atwood The Blind AssassinDBC Pierre Vernon God LittleAlan Hollingshurt Line Of BeautyMichael Ondaatje English PatientArundhati Roy God of Small ThingsGraham Swift Last OrdersJM Coetzee Life Times of Michael KPeter Carey OscarLucinda Kelly GangEleanor Catton Luminaries Francis Plug cannot be described as great literature and it’s an outlier in the Galley Beggar catalogue It’s well worth the read for the laughs and for those of us who follow that same circuit and those writers featured here


  6. Neil Neil says:

    Upfront I love Galley Beggar Press Forbidden Line We That Are Young Tinderbox Lucia especially Lucia just wonderfulBut sadly I did not love Francis Plug I decided to read this book because the next book in my Galley Beggar subscription will be Francis Plug’s second outing I now rather wish I hadn’t botheredPlug is a fictional author created by real author Paul Ewen He is an alcoholic and slightly autistic and he is writing a book that details his encounters with Booker Prize winning authors which he believes will prepare aspiring authors like him for life in the public eye To help make ends meet he also works as a gardener mostly for a banker whose first editions of Booker winners he “borrows” to take to author events for them to be signed with a dedication to Francis Plug of course The book includes pictures of signed pages of all the books it is possible Ewen met these authors in character as Plug but the details of the encounters cannot be true given what happens at some of themThe scene is set for what could be a very funny book And it seems on a uick scan of reviews that many people have found it funny I think the only bit I laughed at was the person who knew the answer was Scooter towards the end of the book not sure I should admit to being a Muppets fan For the rest I have to say that I don’t find alcoholism funny I kept reading hoping to find some point that would make it all worthwhile but it never came and I feel rather like I’ve wasted a couple of days of my life15 stars rounded up to 2 because of some of the comments about Booker books that I have read and could relate to


  7. Leonie Leonie says:

    Funny but watching Plug descend ascend? into madness is a little unnerving for the prospective public author


  8. Jackie Law Jackie Law says:

    Francis Plug How To Be A Public Author by Paul Ewen is unlike any other book I have ever read Full of humour pathos and insightful observations on the literati it is a book that should appeal to all who are interested in successful writers and the world that they inhabitIt tells the tale of Francis Plug an aspiring author with a vivid imagination He is often drunk meaning that it can be hard to tell at times how much of what he sees is real This book is his attempt at offering fellow authors instruction on how they should be conducting themselves at the increasingly popular public literary events His research involved attending talks where he listened to Booker prize winners discuss their writing before signing copies of their work I would love to know if authors ever encounter the likes of Francis Plug at such eventsUntil he succeeds in winning the Booker prize for the novel that he intends to write Francis Plug works as a gardener He does not have enough money yet somehow manages to get to where he wants to go often by ingenious if unscrupulous means His encounters with the literati are detailed for the edification of his readers In his writing he has a proclivity for scattering random metaphors around with abandon taking inspiration from the works being discussed at the event he is attendingThe book is laugh out loud funny Small incidents such as when he adds the friendly dog to his phone contacts list and subseuently texts it are dropped into each chapter as easily as his discussions on what each author is wearing The random musings are uirky sometimes surreal always perceptiveBooks are for everyone including an all but friendless drunk gardener who is not just socially inept but clearly bizarre His encounters and conversations with the great and the good are awkward and hilarious in eual measure I was torn between sympathising with those who had the misfortune to meet him and his underlying loneliness and desire to fit into their worldThis is a light hearted read that will also provide plenty of food for thought More than anything though it is consistently funny in an offbeat way that should appeal to those who do not take themselves too seriously I laughed at Francis and I laughed at myself for harbouring some of the thoughts he showed to be ridiculous I thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope that I never have to deal with anyone like its protagonistMy copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher Galley Beggar Press


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  10. Lee Kofman Lee Kofman says:

    This novel turned out to be not the kind of book its blurb promised to be or at least not the kind of a book I was looking forward to read I was hoping to find there literary satire and a biting satire too or at least some good analysis of the circus that the literary world is increasingly becoming as it is being overtaken by politics and by non writers and by social media and by publishers' marketing departments Instead this book read like a study in madness and misery mostly focusing on the disturbed inner world of a disturbed protagonist who really for much of the time could have been anyone not necessarily an aspiring writer as Ewen made him In this latter 'department' Ewen did well but I wasn’t that interested in this department when I set out to read this novel which stated premise was I’d say not literary but hyper literary


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Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author➶ [Reading] ➸ Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author By Paul Ewen ➫ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk In the most controversial year in the history of the Man Booker Prize comes a book certain to add fuel to the fire How To Be A Public Author will take the debate to another level It will get everyone In the most controversial year in the history How To Epub Û of the Man Booker Prize comes a book certain to add fuel to the fire How To Be A Public Author will take the debate to another level It will get everyone talking – and laughing – even about Britain’s biggest annual book bonanzaFrancis Plug is a troubled and often drunk misfit who causes chaos and confusion wherever he goes – and where he most likes to go is to real author events collecting signatures from the likes of Salman Rushdie Kazuo Francis Plug: PDF/EPUB ² Ishiguro and Eleanor CattonAs he adds to this collection of signed Booker first editions Francis – a wannabe author himself – is also helpfully writing a self help manual This is devised with the novice writer in mind and full of sage wisdom and useful tidbits to help ease freshly published novelists into the demands and rigors of author events readings and general life in the public eyeSo “If you’re provided with a hands free mic clipped to your lapel don’t forget to turn it off when you visit the toilet Plug: How To PDF ´ or if you need to vomit before your event” Likewise it’s always good to be wary of the germs of fans – and “considering the use of elbow length dishwashing gloves at book signings and a large easy wipe kitchen apron” And so too cultivating a photographic ‘look’ for the many publicity shots you will be subjected to is also a good idea – Francis’s personal choice being that of Macaulay McCulkin in Home AloneWith advice like this and Francis’ warm and deranged personality How To Be A Public Author will Plug: How To Be A Kindle - prove ESSENTIAL reading for anyone with an interest in the literary worldHow To Be A Public Author is a brilliant slapstick Plug: How To Be A Kindle - comedy blurring fact and fantasy to astonishing effect and it is also a surprising and touching meditation on loneliness and finding a place in the world The Man Booker Prize becomes a springboard to explore what it means to be an author – and a human being – in the twenty first century.


About the Author: Paul Ewen

Paul Ewen is a New Zealand writer based How To Epub Û in south London In NZ his work has been published in Landfall and Sport and in the UK his stories have appeared in the British Council’s New Writing anthology edited by Ali Smith and Toby Litt and also in the Times Higher Education Supplement and Tank magazine He has written for Dazed Confused and is a regular contributor to Hamish Hamilton’s online.