Billionaires' banquet - Ron Butlin



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Billionaires' banquet
Ron Butlin
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The Herald 2017 Books of the Year

1985, Edinburgh. Thatcher's policies are biting deep - fat cats and street-kids, lovers, losers and the rest struggle to survive. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become too demanding . . .

Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires' Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.

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Before becoming a writer, Ron Butlin was a pop-song lyricist, a footman, barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. Widely translated, his work has twice been awarded a 'Best Foreign Novel' prize. His previous novel, Ghost Moon, was nominated for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2016. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire.

Brilliant! . a suavely compelling, ceaselessly inventive entertainment . delivered with delirious aplomb . Butlin is both a master farceur and a merciless satirist.

Scottish Review of Books - Ronald Frame

The language is sharp, funny and considered, and lends credence to Butlin's reputation as an author of tremendous talent.

The List

At the core of Billionaires' Banquet is an entertaining knockabout comedy about the way early ambition is tempered by reality, or how noble principles inevitably give way to self-interest.

The Herald

Billionaires' Banquet is, first and foremost, a hugely entertaining novel. It's fast-paced, very funny, and with characters whose joie-de-vivre is simply irresistible. A cracking good read.


Billionaires' Banquet, by Ron Butlin, is a wry tale of a group of Edinburgh students living in Thatcher's Britain. They are on the cusp of the rest of their lives, ready to move beyond their years of drink fuelled casual sex in the cold and cluttered bedrooms of cheap shared accommodation.


Butlin writes exuberantly but not without an undertone of despair. Wild comedy and satire alternate with bleak social observation. The characters are types rather than individuals. That's not surprising; this is a novel of ideas.

The Scotsman

A humane view of the UK's many economic crises? Is there such a thing? And would it make a good novel? Well, yes, the brilliant author Ron Butlin (who's only recently come to my attention) finds a compelling and realistic way of guiding some brilliant characters through from Thatcher's selfish individualism to today's global power and terror.

Nudge Magazine

Insightful, funny, scathing, and farcical.

Our Book Reviews

This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher's Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch.


2017 Books of the YearBillionaires' Banquet by Ron Butlin (Salt) brought back late 70s/early 80s Edinburgh in all its witty dourness, sly exuberance, hidden charms and dodgy doings, then jumps to a version of Now. It's comic, political, scathing and page-turning.

The Herald - Andrew Greig

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