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.
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
quote: 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
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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