by Brian Case
The rediscovered classic from 1968, acclaimed for its fine writing, sharp wit, and for the authentic whiff of 1960s Britain.
The Users opens in a mortuary after a freak angling accident and continues on a bizarre course that takes in aspects of blackmail, illegal abortion drug-addiction, student unrest, pornography, murder and the non-return of library books.
“Why Brian Case’s spiky first novel from 1968 should have languished for nearly 30 years without a reprint must be one of the enigmas of modern publishing. Mercilessly funny and swaggeringly self-conscious, it could almost be a template for an early Martin Amis.” – Sunday Times
“The Users is a remarkable début – sexy without being lubricous, tough, witty, with a very palatable astringency. The dialogue is paint-fresh and the characters very much of our time.” – Anthony Burgess
Brian Case is a writer and journalist best known for his wickedly wry and authoritative writing on the arts, particularly on jazz, film and books. He has just retired as Literary Editor of Time Out London and lives in Kent with his wife and two daughters. The Users is his only novel to date, although he has authored and co-authored several works of non-fiction, mainly about Jazz.