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
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.