His [Edmund Ek’s] name dripped off so many tongues it might have qualified as saliva. I dare say that a few people put up his picture on their walls in order to admire his noble Norwegian nose all day (and night) long. His novel received similar attention. The award-winning cover sat on the display shelves of every obscure European bookshop, whilst the memorable title was used to pepper as many conversations as pepper was to pepper cabbage soup. Readers of the literary magazine Groping for Allusions voted it the ‘Best Book Title of the Late Twentieth Century’ whilst many a writer kicked themselves for not having thought of it first…

Seeing as we’re on the subject of Edmund Ek (see below), I have taken the trouble to re-publish Heidi Kohlenberg’s excellent review of his debut novel, The Incredible Expletive Shock. You can see the award-winning cover below.

There is, of course, much more to be said about Edmund Ek (most of which you may find here).


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