Synopses & Reviews
Daniel Skipton is a Pioneer in Art. Hes also a rogue who hasnt done an honest days work in his life. Instead, he bullies support out of aging relatives hes never met and harangues his publisher for advances on non-existent projects. The world owes Skipton a living, but it doesnt want to pay up. Outraged by life and choked with anger, our self-proclaimed literary genius lives by his wits in the Belgian city of Bruges. Along with a pack of disreputable alliesamong them, Wouvermans the antiques dealer” and Mimi the performance artist”he swindles a group of naïve English tourists into unwittingly supporting his meager lifestyle. As Ruth Rendell makes clear in her introduction, The Unspeakable Skipton is a wickedly funny sketch of the artist at his worst.
First published in 1959, Pamela Hansford Johnsons satire on the life of a writer is a classic comedy of the ego. And anyone who thinks “genius” pays the rent had better think again—Skipton is here to prove that it doesnt.
Daniel Skipton is an English author living in Bruges. He lives in an attic, nursing innumerable, imaginery grievances. Unable to get his second book published, he lives by his wits. He meets a group of people even grubbier than he. The fun begins when they all try to outwit each other.