Christie Malry’s Own Double-entry
Republished February 2013
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Beautifully constructed, funny and poignant, Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry is regarded as B.S. Johnson’s most humorous book. But it is a dark, sly humour predicated on the distaste Johnson had for an oppressive post-war British society (an oppression he delineates brilliantly in The Unfortunates). Christie is, we are told, a simple man, who works in a bank alongside, but excluded from, money. He moves from the bank to learn Double-Entry Bookkeeping in a firm called Tappers, where his disillusionment deepens leading to his Great Idea: he decides to use the principles of Double-Entry (an Aggravation column for offences caused to him, a Recompense column detailing his revenge) to settle his accounts with society.
'A most gifted writer' - Samuel Beckett.
'The future of the novel depends on people like B.S. Johnson' - Anthony Burgess.
'Mr. Johnson has undoubtedly written a masterpiece.' - Auberon Waugh.
'Delightful to read, highly amusing, and clever.' - Daily Telegraph