“When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow is very funny – a satire as devastating as Voltaire’s Candide.” Michael Holroyd
“Possibly the funniest book of 2014” Independent on Sunday
“Set to become a comic classic – I laughed myself sick.” The Spectator
“A zippy little farce… The Dawkins character is a hoot.” Helen Pidd, The Guardian
“Laugh out loud hilarious and thought provoking. This is Rhodes’ funniest book – which is really saying something given the standard of his back catalogue.” Stewart Lee
“A farce that spins like a carousel, yet still manages to tell a good story and settle a few theological scores. Rhodes is one of the most engagingly childish yet savvy satirists around (…) yet behind the mockery lie some deeper reflections: about how people should treat each other, the meaning of respect, and the ingrained need that everyone feels to make sense of our existence. A vivid and elegant writer.” Rosemary Goring, Sunday Herald
“When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow is a hilarious little story. As in all the best fables, our key characters learn a valuable lesson or two about life and their own attitudes. And unlike all the best fables, each chapter glistens with daft double entendres. It’s a read to make you chuckle.” Ashley Davies, Scotland on Sunday
“Mixing knockabout humour and double entendres with some slyly profound commentary on the atheism versus religion debate, Rhodes doesn’t seem to have an agenda, popping the pomposity bubbles of both sides with aplomb. Despite being an atheist myself, I’ve always thought the real Richard Dawkins to be unbearably annoying so I found myself guffawing with laughter at this fictional Dawkins and his self-important preening.” Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue
Here’s a smasher from the blogs – Hannah Renowden’s review captures the spirit of the book.
We’ve had a bit of a struggle with this book for one reason or another, but after a long wait it’s now widely available.
It was first published in an experimental frenzy. It was all very low key, ad hoc and under the radar. Here’s a very old post, explaining it all:
5th February 2014:
There’s always an interminable wait between finishing a book and it finally coming out – usually about a year. For a long time I’ve been interested in the idea of publishing a lot faster than this – writing a book then slamming it out as soon as it’s ready. This might seem to be an attempt at being zeitgeisty, but it goes back to me reading about The Beatles’ recording history in Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head. Often they would write a song, record it straight away, and a few weeks later it would be riding high in the hit parade. Admittedly, if-The-Beatles-did-it-why-can’t-I? isn’t a very sensible way of looking at anything, but for years I’ve been wanting to speed up the process and make it just a little more Beatlesque.
Every time I’ve mentioned this plan to a publisher they have looked to the floor in dismay. If pressed they’ll mutter something about catalogues and marketing. It’s always been a resounding ‘no’. So I’m going rogue with this one and publishing it on my own label, Miyuki Books. I finished writing it on January 11th, and since then I’ve been working towards getting it ready to go. If I was just going down the e-book route it could have been out within a fortnight, but as I’m a hopeless sentimentalist when it comes to paper books I’m getting some printed up too – a run of hardbacks to come out simultaneously. We’ll be getting copies to friendly book shops, and they’ll be orderable from here as well.
I don’t necessarily think this is the future – in the long run a writer’s time is better spent writing than ringing round book shops and stuffing jiffy bags. But this time around it’s something I’m happy to do – for the first time in ages I’m looking forward to a book coming out. It’ll be a low key, kitchen table operation, and you’re unlikely to see ‘When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow’ in your local branch of WH Smith, but it’ll be out in the world a year sooner than it otherwise would have been. I can’t wait.
The original hardback – only 400 were printed:
The first paperback edition, cover art by Pete Fowler:
And the Czech edition from our friends at LEDA: