Tireless: by Graham Spaid


byGraham Spaid

Kobo ebook | June 10, 2013

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Harassed? Unloved? Just watching life go by? Take this hilarious ride through the narrator’s painful world and find others who are even worse off than you. You’ll meet the dysfunctional neighbors, as well as the appalling Rat and his companion, Roquefort, who’ll work their way into your life as they do with everybody else. In this satire on human behaviour, they’re not fair, not fair at all.

Tom, an unemployed teacher and aspiring writer, lives in London. When Jim and Olga move in next door, his imagination is fired by the unhappy wife’s nude sunbathing and the pompous husband’s breathtaking tall stories. He recalls his comic victories in the classroom, while fantasizing that Britain’s south-east has broken off from the mainland. He remembers his own schooldays and considers the impact of young Miss Bugler. These anecdotes, like Jim’s stories, highlight the casual cruelties and misunderstandings in human behaviour and the evasive nature of fulfilment. A turning point is Jim’s recollection of a night in India when he hallucinated, suffering the taunts of the giant Rat and his close friend, Roquefort, a miniature cat. Humiliated by publishers’ rejections, by the rudeness of Jim’s daughter, Daisy, and even by his barber, the narrator transfers his sense of failure to Rat, who enters the narrative in a series of disturbing, yet uproarious adventures which merge illusion with the real world. The narrator removes the barber’s head, takes revenge on Daisy when she develops an infatuation for him, and finally publishes something, in contrast to a now unlucky Rat, who is arrested, almost has a nervous breakdown, is refused restaurant service, and disappoints as an undergraduate at Oxford, where the noisy love-making of Bill and Penny emphasises his loneliness.

‘A colon comes in handy here, before examples: two dots on top of one another, like the cowboys who copulate on Brokeback Mountain, on a slope so far away you need binoculars to see them properly.’ ... from the chapter RAT ARRESTED! in tireless:

From the author ...

tireless: celebrates the creative urge while satirizing the people who create. I wanted to write a book that would keep attention on any page you turned to, so the person who looked over your shoulder on the train to see what you were reading would only look away when their station had come.

Samples from the book are featured on my website.

Title:Tireless:Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 10, 2013Publisher:Graham SpaidLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1301244139

ISBN - 13:9781301244133


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A funny old book And I mean funny. OK, I mean strange too. If you love the unusual, this book's for you. If you don't love the unusual, read it anyway.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A strange but absorbing read Not your average book club read, but we can do better than the average I hope. Incredibly funny at times. At times you wonder if the author's OK. (Joking!) A strange but absorbing read.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of humour I thought this was amazing. A very unusual book that grabbed me from the first page. I honestly couldn't put it down. There's lots of humour, but it has a darker side. No conventional plot, however, a fantastic series of incidents and characters. A special imagination.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of those books A few years ago a book of this quality would have been printed by one of the traditional publishing houses. Now it risks being swamped in self-published books, which would be a pity. Tireless is a gem, its surface sparkles but it also has a solid heart, one that will show flaws if you’re looking for a traditional story. However, now and again a book comes along that gets you to look differently at things. Tireless might just be one of those books
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Two lucky men Mr Spaid is a lucky man, apart from his obvious talent. I got this book off a friend who won it on Goodreads. Life’s a lottery, but he’s lucky tireless landed in my lap. So am I.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a riot This is not just a rollercoaster, it's a riot.  A funny book that keeps you on your toes.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A very amusing and original book. I can't give it six stars, can I?
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is brilliant! I haven't read anything like this before. The writing style sparkles with wit and intelligence. People are saying it's weird and fascinating. It is.
Date published: 2013-10-30