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White Witch Scarier Than Mr Toppit?

Posted in Press with tags , , , , on January 20, 2009 by mrtoppit

Telegraph Article
Upon hearing of Penguin’s publication of Charles Elton’s Mr Toppit, I was struck by a gamut of emotions. Surprise, fear, anger, intrigue, hunger. Upon reading it (I am now almost half way through the copy kindly sent to me – a full review will follow, but I must say I am rather enjoying it) I was deeply moved to see the world of Arthur, his family and his creations brought vividly back to life.

Mr Elton might just succeed in doing today what Laurie Clow achieved all those years ago across the Atlantic: breathe fresh life into the dormant majesty of The Hayseed Chronicles.

The signs of success are already apparent. The Telegraph ran a story this weekend about the scariest villains from fiction past and present. The White Witch sealed the top spot, but the report claims that “Mr Toppit…originally in The Hayseed Chronicles…narrowly failed to make the top ten”.

In publicising Mr Toppit, Penguin cannot help but introduce a new legion of fans to The Hayseed Chronicles as more and more people will see the name of Arthur Hayman and his creations, back where they belong, amongst the well-kerned type of the forth estate.

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Love Travels at Illegal Speeds

Posted in Press with tags , , , on January 5, 2009 by mrtoppit

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The excellently monikered Larches Lento from Urbana, Illinois sent in this racy clipping from an American Supermarket glossy. The piece (click on the picture to enlarge to read) details with some journalistic license, one of the many instances enfant terrible Rachel Hayman managed to besmirch her family’s good name during her stay in L.A.

 

The death of Rachel’s “drug crazed lover” is treated with typical tabloid sensitivity, while the recap of the Laurie Clow allegations border on the preposterous. Still, a fascinating historical document.

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