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How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It

K. J. Parker



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25 August 2020
GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK ----- An unlikely sequel to one of the best books I've read in a long time!  This is as odd, brilliant, and fun as Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City was, but in a completely different way! Craig Slater


This is the story of how the City was saved, by Notker the professional liar, written down because eventually the truth always seeps through.

The City may be under siege, but everyone still has to make a living. Take Notker, the acclaimed playwright, actor and impresario. Nobody works harder, even when he's not working. Thankfully, it turns out that people appreciate an evening at the theatre even when there are large rocks falling out of the sky. But Notker is a man of many talents, and all the world is, apparently, a stage. It seems that the Empire needs him - or someone who looks a lot like him - for a role that will call for the performance of a lifetime. At least it will guarantee fame, fortune and immortality. If it doesn't kill him first. This is the story of Notker, an occasionally good man and a terrible liar. With razor-sharp prose and ferocious wit, K.J. Parker has created one of fantasy's greatest heroes, and he might even get away with it.

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By:   K. J. Parker
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   257g
ISBN:   9780356514383
ISBN 10:   0356514382
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   25 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

K. J. Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt. He was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines. These interests led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialised in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter.

Reviews for How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It

Full of invention and ingenuity . . . Great fun Parker's settings and characterisations never miss a beat - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Skilful plotting and rich scene-setting - GUARDIAN on THE COMPANY

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