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Duckworth's owner Peter Mayer, who also owns the American publishing house Overlook, reputedly paid Rohan Kriwaczek – acting president of the Guild of Funerary Violinists - more than £1,000 for the book: 'An Incomplete History of the Art of the Funerary Violin' which is currently on sale in Britain for £14.99.

Except, as has now been discovered, there is, nor never was, any such thing as a funerary violin, nor a guild, nor a Royal warrant, nor a history, let alone an incomplete one.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=408588&in_page_id=1770

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Amigone201
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Pfft. You crazy brits and your fraudulent books. I guess you just can't trust our neighbors across the pond anymore!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to reading A Million Little Pieces.

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I still haven't finished Clifford Irving's biography of Howard Hughes.

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Just rebrand the Funerary Violin book as a parody and add lots of photos and footnotes. If spoof travel books sell, I'm sure spoof funerary violin books will sell too.

ETA: I've just sent a "clever hoax" review to Amazon (UK)containing a reference to the Daily Mail article.

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Almost I'm tempted to pre-order it. Almost.

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Billy Biggles
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Dan Brown and the other gritty-realism auteurs must be seething with envy. An advance of a thousand pounds, eh? That'll keep him in toot and minge for the rest of his natural. Mind you, he'll have to die Wednesday, but still, rest of his li...

I think it's on the whimsical side of humour rather than the (parodic? parodical?) mickey-taking side. Observe, if you will, this article which goes down to a nicely-illustrated page from the book. Observe how he says
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On completing my advanced diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with considerable honours in the early 1970s, my mind was filled with delusional dreams of becoming a concert soloist.
A diploma in the early 1970s for a boy born in 1968 is going some begob, as grandmamma used to say prior to rinsing her back teeth with a Mackeson.

Observe also the faux-classical style of the frontispiece

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This is waggishness posing as grandeur.

You might also profitably listen to some of his music by downloading clips at the NPR website (but they open in Realplayer, so you've been warned) or here, at his website.

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Okay who borrowed my copy of "Fly Fishing" by JR Hartly then??

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