Full Personal Service 31 July 1997
About the Author
We first met portly showbiz writer Will Benson in I Nearly Died, in which he learned how dangerous giving bad notices can be. Now he has left the theatrical newspaper for the loucher but possibly safer world of soft-porn publishing. Although he is settled in connubial bliss with the lovely Kim, certain aspects of their marriage (don't ask) necessitate the occasional visit to a tart with a heart in Pimlico. When one day Will finds that his predecessor has overstepped the mark, to say the least, he reluctantly finds himself once again forced into the role of reluctant private eye...
'Scruffy, chubby, disorganised Benson is a shrewd and amiable operator, the writing is from the self-deprecatingly witty school altogether highly entertaining' Marcel Berlins, The Times
'Hugely sympathetic and funny enough to make you laugh out loud' Philip Oakes, Literary Review
'A real find as a novelist. His books are a fine example of that rare and special breed, the English comedy thriller. He writes witty and selfless prose full of magnificent cameos and vignettes' Ian Samson, Sunday Telegraph ' wonderful A splendidly comic saga' Sheridan Morley, Radio 2
'Charles Spencer's second novel is a success he crams in some delightfully nasty stuff' Gerald Kaufman, Daily Telegraph
'Will's distasteful job and unappealing colleagues give Charles Spencer plenty of scope for expressing disapproval, without restricting his talent for vivid description of filth of various kinds. Full Personal Service has some funny moments and some horrible ones. The mystery is well handled; the clues, fairly and neatly disguised' Natasha Cooper, Times Literary Supplement
'A very pleasing mixture of the sexy, comic and suspenseful' The Stage
About The Author
Charles Spencer was born in 1955 and educated at Charterhouse and Balliol. After spells on the Evening Standard, The Stage and the London Daily News, he became theatre critic of the Daily Telegraph in 1991.