Richard Major’s Quintember: the first volume of the misdemeanours of Dr Felix Culpepper
(illustrated by Dione Verulam, map by Alick Newman; IndieBooks, ISBN 9781908041289)
is a satirical novel about diplomats, politicians, Cambridge undergraduates, artists, policemen, and the dregs of Britain’s aristocracy.

What’s a Foreign Secretary to do when the Harani ambassador deliberately runs over a young couple in the West End, a hit ordered by the dictator of Haran’s appalling teenaged son? What’s to be done if a nihilist philosopher’s books are driving students to suicide? If Iran’s touring Rothko exhibition is pillaged?

We call in Felix Culpepper: overtly a Latin don at St Wygefortis’, the dimmest and most anarchic college in Cambridge; covertly, Assassin-by-Appointment to the British Establishment.

Quintember was shortlisted for
the 2017 People’s Book Prize for fiction.

It is the first of a series of seven Culpepper novels; the first sequel will appear later this year.