INLAND BEACH HUT
Paperback 6" x 9"
Published March 2017
If Les Dawson’s mum had gone to
Prague for a weekend
and got hooked up with local scribe Franz Kafka then David
Birtwistle could well have been the result. He’s got Les’s comic
talent, perfect command of the Lancs demotic and his tendency to
elaborate wordplay. Kafka’s genetic contribution is a surreal take
on the foreboding aspects of the modern world. Dave’s Inland
seems to yearn for a Waldenesque paradise while his
A Certain Feel for
Words is pure Les as he might recite before
settling down at the piano for a rendering of the Moonlight Sonata.
leaves the primitive nirvana of what might be some Pennine retreat
and plonks us down in a mad old peoples’ home full of escapees from
a lunatic asylum.
Most of these stories appeared in the Crazy Oik between 2009
and today (2018