East of Ealing, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is the third book in "The Brentford Trilogy." Once again it features the further adventures of Jim Pooley, John Omally, and all the regulars at the Flying Swan.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780552138437



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Rankin is about one of my favorite writers at the moment – he’s sort of an occult version of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams. As far as I know, you can’t get his stuff in the US, so some of you will have to trust me on this. This is the third of the Brentford Trilogy (which is now seven books long). Not high lit by any means, but always good fun.

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'And the lights upon the allotment,' said Soap, 'what would you take those to be?' 'The work of the council,' said Omally firmly, 'another plot to confound honest golfers.' Soap burst into a paroxysm of laughter. Tears rolled down his pale cheeks and he clutched at his stomach. 'Come now,' said Pooley, 'it is no laughing matter, these lads have it in for us.' 'Have it in for you?' gasped Soap between convulsions. 'You witness a test run of laser-operated gravitational landing beams, the product of a technology beyond comprehension, and you put it down to the work of Brentford Council?''If you will pardon me,' said Pooley, somewhat offended, 'If it is the product of a technology beyond comprehension I hardly feel that I can be blamed for finding it so.''Quite', said Omalley.1) The Antipope 2) The Brentford Triangle 3) East of Ealing4) The Sprouts of Wrath 5) The Brentford Chainstore MassacreI decided that I should try to fit in some re-reads of old favourites over the next few months, and I started with The Brentford Trilogy since I've got two linked books on my TBR shelf. I liked book 1 of this series, but it was book 2 that got me hooked. On the surface Brentford may appear to be a normal West London suburb, but it's actually a centre of weirdness and a magnet for the uncanny. So it's lucky that the mysterious Professor Slocombe, and local layabouts Pooley and Omalley are ready to tackle evil whenever it rears its head, with the help of the inventive genius Norman Hartnel, hollow-earther Soap Distant and the other regulars of The Flying Swan pub.

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