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Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls

(Brentford #6)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,042 ratings  ·  26 reviews

Yes they’re back, Jim Pooley, John Omally and all the lads from The Flying Swan. And this time they are up for a bit of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll.
It’s all down to John Omally really, he had always nurtured a secret ambition to become a rock star. He had mastered air guitar and bedroom mirror posing and all h
Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Far Fetched Books (first published September 2nd 1999)
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Joey Woolfardis
Not the best Rankin novel, and by far not the funniest either. But it was classic Rankin in that it had running gags (throughout the book and from previous books, also) and the title alone deserves a star in itself.
The plot was a bit different to other Rankin novels I've read (I haven't read them all so I couldn't say for certain on some) but it was interesting and very entertaining as a break from the normal fantasy books I usually read, and was a lot more Sci-fi than I've come to accept from R
Isabel (kittiwake)
The sixth book in the Brentford Trilogy and another re-read. In which Jim Pooley and John O'Malley become the managers of a rock band called Gandhi's Hairdryers, while Soap Distant returns from the world below to find that history has changed but nobody else seems to have noticed. Not one of the better books in the series.
Tim Schneider
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John O'Mally and Jim Pooley are back and we get the sixth adventure in the increasingly mis-named Brentford Trilogy. O'Mally decides to pursue his life-long dream of getting into the music biz by managing an up-and-coming musical act, Gandhi's Hairdryer, while Jim pursues his dream of pulling off "The Pooley" six wins on six horses in one day. These dreams are unfortunately interrupted by the effects of time-traveling music fans at least one of whom has changed the course of the world. Only Soap ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Rankin pulls out all stops in this Brentford adventure! You have good vs evil, time travel, mythical creatures, the Beatles, the return of Soap Distant from the center of the Earth (which is now pretty much run by the Virgin corp.), sex (not really), drugs (occasionally) and sausage rolls?... Well, I guess there were a couple of biting incidents in the book which could be interpreted as involving sausage, so to speak... Small Dave is there and Norman and Neville and even a lady in a straw ...more
The first book I have read from this author and although it seems to hark back to previous tales throughout this didn't really spoil my enjoyment as in itself this was a complete tale.
A tale of comedic proportions which offers time travel and alternative pop history as its back drop this was always an interesting read though I suspect only a taster of what I can expect from visiting this author in the future.
All in all I enjoyed this book it was engaging enough whilst reading but I suspect it's
Geoff Battle
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theres plenty of good news about Sex, Drugs and Sausage Rolls. It has a clever plotline. It is genuinely funny at times. It's complex, yet (mostly) the author tries to ensure you keep up. It's in touch with modern culture and isn't scared to be daring. It doesn't overstay it's welcome either, punchy and (mostly) to the point. Here comes the however. The writing style is inconsistent at times as Rankin steps out of storytelling to tell the reader things directly - it makes reading slighting uncom ...more
Remy Sharp
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun stuff. I didn't realise this was the sixth novel of a series, but it really didn't matter - and almost added more depth since the characters had a lot more backstory.

Robert Rankin's writing is really fun too. Lots of quick wit throughout the book, the kind that I wish I could come up with in my daily life!

The story is a kind of comical farce whereby history has somehow shifted and things aren't quite what they're supposed to be.

I'm not quite sure if the story is supposed to have a single pro
Ben Lund
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this book least of all from Rankin's Brentford series. It is still as weird and strange as his other books, but it just feels different. I don't know if it's the more self-aware tone, like he knows its silly but he's still going for it, or the fact that there are all these weird songs/poems between each chapter. Whatever it was I didn't find myself really getting into the story like I usually do. As a result I did finish the story, but it was read in between other books when I ha ...more
Martin Watts
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The end of the second trilogy

I thought I had read all of the Brentford series. This one, with a masterful use of time travel and temporal paradoxes, was a surprise.

Pooley and Omally go into the music business, a potentially fatal decision as it is totally controlled by the new head of Virgin. Not Richard Branson.
David Robert Bloomer
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Confused, you may well be.

If you've read a Rankin book before you'll be pleased to know this is another enjoyable book. Its strange, confusing and ever so slightly mad.
Dot Gumbi
Mixed feelings.

Most of Rankin's books start well. They get out of the blocks with a bang and before you know it, you're 100 pages in convinced you're reading his masterpiece. Then quite often the final two thirds of the book struggle to shine as brightly as the opening. Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls is a good example of this.

It tells the tale of Pooley and Omally meeting time-travelling future-types who come back to the 20th Century to watch the greatest musical acts of the age. However, the
Jade Heslin
Dec 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is likely to offend some people but I find it baffling as to how anybody could enjoy this novel. I just didn’t find it funny at all. It’s written in a quirky style that brings to mind A Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, but not a very good one. Although the Hitchhiker’s Guide was written in the seventies (my dad even read it at school, it’s that old) it has a sort-of timeless humour that still remains funny. This drivel however, was written in the nineties, and a lot of the jokes are alread ...more
Nathan Dehoff
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one of Rankin’s books full of weirdly meandering plots, conspiracy theories in action, and meta-referential humor. This time, recurring slacker protagonists Jim Pooley and John Omally attempt to manage a band called Gandhi’s Hairdryer, whom you might remember from their appearance in "Raiders of the Lost Car Park." Also involved is a group of time travelers who are attending all of the great rock concerts in history, and one rogue who changes history according to his a voice in his head. ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rock and Roll and time travel. Wouldn't be cool to see the Beatles and Elvis on the same stage, as they reached their 70/80's? This was a new author for me. I gather he is English, as there is a lot of British slang I had a hard time connecting with. The story had a bit of a Douglas Adams feel to it with crazy, out of this world happenings like a unicorn appearing for no reason in the tale. Adams was always able to tie it all together though, and I didn't feel that Rankin succeeded here. Book fe ...more
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just breezed through the whole book on a vacation. Clever and funny. At times the surrealism was a little too silly, the jokes a little too cute. I very much enjoyed the commentary on big corporations trying to own everything. It was weaved into the storyline much in the vein of Tom Robbins and Tony Vigorito. I would recommend this book especially to anyone who has read all of their books and is looking for something of a similar style!
I found this book in a 'little library' in Ipswich, from I had never read any books by this author before but found it very different from others books I have read. It was strange but in a good way, very funny in parts and I think if I find any others in the series I would read them. if you get the chance give this book a try and let me know what you think of it?
Mar 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read by Rankin and it was pretty good! It took a bit for me to get into it, but I ended up enjoying it. It wasn't my favorite book of all time, but is worthy of four stars.
The whole idea of the book is pretty clever and the writing is pretty witty.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Far Fetched Fiction.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good, very funny, and very clever! I agree with the comment that you must read at least one Robert Rankin book in your life!
Feb 25, 2009 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly Foxhall
One of my favourite authors. Nothing is how it seems in a Robert Rankin book, they are the best material to read when you want to escape from the norm.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love it, for nothing more than the fact that my Mom bought it for me and asked in the shop for a book called "Sex and Sausages"
Ian "Marvin" Graye
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I'm not sure whether this Rankin has grabbed me yet.

I remain open-minded. I'll try again.

At least he's trying to make you laugh.
Sean Keefe
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aka "The Time Travel One".
More inspired, easy to read lunacy from the master of his own genre. If you've never read Rankin, what are you waiting for?
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