Jaggy Splinters

Fast paced and wickedly entertaining, Jaggy Splinters is a dark, twisted and hilarious collection of short stories from bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre. 

Everyone’s favourite unorthodox journalist, Jack Parlabane, goes undercover to  investigate the mysterious and lucrative world of alternative medicine - in particular, the practice of homeopathy. Are there unexplained forces that can be harnessed to heal us, or is it all a load of sugar? Meanwhile, a sinister tale of restorative justice and the occult takes an even darker turn; two body-snatchers find more than they bargained for when raiding a morgue; and a contract killer finds that fatherhood has sent him on the straight and narrow... sort of. 


Written by CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE

Read by CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE, DAVID MONTEATH, JONATHAN HACKETT and ALASTAIR THOMSON MILLS

Produced and Engineered by DAVID DARLINGTON for WHAT NOISE PRODUCTIONS

Recorded at RNIB Talking Book Studios, London and Murricane and Murricane, Glasgow, Winter 2012-13

Thanks to SARAH SHRUBB, ZOE ROSS, ROBERT DICK, PRENTIS HANCOCK and DARYL CHAPMAN

  


Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action  with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. Since April 2008, he has been President of the Humanist Society of Scotland. He grew up near Paisley and is a supporter of St. Mirren.

He is the author of seventeen published novels to-date, the latest being Flesh Wounds. In 2006 Christopher won  the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye and, as is tradition, a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was named after the winning novel. Quite Ugly One Morning was the winner of the Critics' First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of  the Year in 1996. Boiling a Frog won the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective Novel in 2000, and Christopher became  the only writer to win two Sherlocks when Be My Enemy (or, Fuck This For A Game Of Soldiers) picked up the 2004 prize. In 2007, Christopher was given the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing. In 2012, six of his short pieces, including five pieces of fiction, were collected into the e-Book Jaggy Splinters, available from amazon.co.uk. One of these is the short story Bampot Central, which  was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Macallan Short Story Dagger in 1997.

Comments on the e-book edition:

  • Short but very sweet: Brookmyre is well known for his novels, but not so much his shorter works. Hopefully this little  collection will change that. Comprising some very short pieces up to a larger Jack Parlabane piece on homeopathy, this collection shows off his full range... 
  • A reminder of how good he is: I loved this. Yes, a lot of it is available for free online and I had read it years ago, but years ago  we were spoiled with a great new Brookmyre novel every year so the free stuff on the website didnít really stand out. Reading this series of short stories reminds me of just what a good writer  he is... Brookmyre is at his absolute best when he is ranting about something and we get a great example of that here with the first story. He's picked an easy target, but I still delighted in him smashing it  to pieces.
  • Laughing tears: This collection of short stories which derive from cameos or small 'windows' from his other books are  brilliant. Some of them had me literally crying tears of laughter. Really helps if you can read or know some of the Glesga / Scottish colloquialisms, makes them all the funnier.

DAVID MONTEATH was born in Glasgow, and grew up in Milngavie and in the Highlands before returning to Glasgow. He trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and spent many years with the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. He appeared in various TV productions during his teens, although his first job was a play for Scottish  Television at the age of three months. Nowadays, he is best known as a voiceover artist, owning his own recording studio. He has voiced many thousands of TV and radio commercials as well as corporate narrations. David has also produced and co-presented a weekly request show on Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio.

JONATHAN HACKETT's extensive TV and film credits include Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Ultimate Force, Foyle's War, Kavanagh QC, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, My Brother Tom, Heartbeat, The Bill, Gregory's Two Girls,  Soldier Soldier, Goodnight Sweetheart, Middlemarch, Strathblair, Watching, Taggart, District Nurse, Minder and Secret Army. On stage, he has appeared in John Mortimerís adaptation of Georges Feydeau's A Flea in her Ear with Christopher Ryan and David Burke, and A Man for All Seasons with Tony Britton and Roy Kinnear. He read Christoper Brookmyre's novels Boiling a Frog and One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night for the RNIB's Talking Book service.

ALASTAIR THOMSON MILLS is a Scottish actor. Born in 1964, he trained at Queen Margaret College where he won the Gold medal for acting. Alastair has appeared on stage at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Dundee Rep and London's West End. His television credits include Taggart and Take The High Road. He has a voice agent  and recently appeared on the big screen as Wilson in the box office hit, The Wee Man (2013). Upcoming  projects include a supporting role in the feature film The Elder (2014). Alastair lives in Hampshire with his wife, three kids and cat, Alfie.


 

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