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A Glutton-Free Diet

I.D.C. Hopkins

In this satirically comic novella, three men and two women become increasingly entangled in a too-long weekend on the Scottish isle of Arran. The men are trying to find the fourth member of their golf fourball to decide their tied annual series. The women are on a secret and illegal mission involving local plant life. One of the women takes the chance to settle an old score against one of the unsuspecting men. Genuine hilarity and ersatz vulgarity ensue.

Set in 1997 against the background of the Great Debate on Scottish Devolution, some readers might see the five main characters smack, in their own idiosyncratic ways, of the main influences in the (so-called) Great Debate. Other readers may just laugh out loud at the lunacies that inexorably mount.


‘Probably the funniest novel I haven't read in 20 years' - John Lloyd (TV producer of Blackadder; Spitting Image; QI, et al).

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Ian juggled writing with working as an industrial engineer, an accountant, a university lecturer, an advertising copywriter and running his own management consultancy for 25 years, before ‘retiring' at 50... long, long ago.

His 40 years' contracted writing includes:
Television - Not the Nine O'Clock News, Naked Video and Spitting Image.
Radio - Naked Radio, Six of the Best.
Stage - 3 plays performed.

Novels - With John Duignan the trilogy Skelp the Aged; The Buick Stops Here; The Lambshank Redemption, all published by Pegasus

His current ‘retired' work includes a recently completed comedy stage play, Good Times, co-scripted by Niall Clark, and his magnum and minimum opus, The Timing of Pain and Drumhumble - one darkly comedic the latter satirical.

He also golfs (now extremely badly), still gardens (reasonably well) and plays almost respectable guitar with, as ever, execrable vocal accompaniment.