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Stern Plastic Owl
I have a new book out. It's called and it looks like this:
I don't think it would be dishonest to say that you can find relief from any known ailment by buying a copy here.
Like A Loose Egg before it, Stern Plastic Owl is a collection of short, humorously-intended pieces.
Here are some Owl facts:
1. The book contains no reference to the pandemic. It's like it never happened. This has been your untrigger warning.
2. The book dwells not on current political problems; it is precisely the head-shaped hole in the ground you've been looking for.
3. The cover is pink and proudly displays the image of an owl; two things that cannot fail to soothe even the angriest, most refund-demanding reader.
4. We designed the physical book to slightly resemble an American candy bar: a carefree confection that can get around in pockets.
5. We made it the same dimensions as a classic Penguin paperback so it might sit neatly alongside your Jeeves and Woosters. Fake it til you make it, I always say.
6. In A Loose Egg, I wrote that "there is too much consequence in the world today" and that there should be space in a library for weightless stories, about the real stuff of life that continues to exist even when you're distracted by consequence. I really rolled with that in Stern Plastic Owl. I mean, it contains a story about potatoes.
7. If you already ordered the book through the Kickstarter, your copy should arrive soon if it has not already. And if you're curious about the novel announced in the same campaign, I will post an update about how that's doing. Hint: it's late.
8. Top comedian and storyteller Ben Moor (recently seen as an hilarious schoolteacher in The Queen's Gambit) likes the book. Of it, he says: “Delightful and insightful and quite simply rightful, Robert Wringham’s observations and commentaries on our strange old world make everything better.” Aw.
9. Stern Plastic Owl is the first of a small flurry of comedy books published by Go Faster Stripe this year. I am in good company with John Osbourne and Michael Legge. We got some coverage on Chortle, the UK's comedy news website; Legge won the headline but the article is clearly all about me.
10. This book is highly unlikely to make me rich. But you - yes you - can play a key part in changing this depressing fact.
So what are you waiting for? Get it here. It's the Robert Wringham miscellany you've been waiting for your entire life. It doesn't get any better than this.
Your friend despite everything you've done,