The Pirates! in an Adventure with… a blog post (they’re heaps good books, kay?)

Some years ago, I picked up The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists (2004) by Gideon Defoe. The title may give you a hint as to the ludicrousness of these books, as may the books that follow in the series

  • The Pirates! In An Adventure with Whaling (2005)
  • The Pirates! In An Adventure with Communists (2006)
  • The Pirates! In An Adventure with Napoleon (2008)

The Pirates! books are written in a style that might initially fool you into thinking that they are children’s books – they have many children’s books conventions, like naming the pirates ‘The Pirate Captain’ and ‘The Pirate in Green’ instead of giving them, well, names; The Pirates! In An Adventure with Whaling begins with the pirates finding shapes in clouds (“‘That one looks almost exactly like a whale!’ ‘No it doesn’t. It looks like a pile of rags with an ant stood on them. But for some reason the ant only has five legs.'”) – but they are clearly meant for a (slightly) more mature audience.

As with the best comedic books, The Pirates! books are ridiculous and full of nonsense (and a prize-winning ham!). Check out Gideon Defoe’s website for some extracts if you don’t believe me.

P.S. I have been told by a comedian friend who met Mr Defoe that Defoe is not in fact his name but rather a nom de plume. That the two men then had a spat about factual accuracy in comedic writings confuses the matter, but I don’t think Andy would lie… It’s plausible that Gideon’s real name is Richard Murkin, because that name randomly shows up on a couple of Wikipedia pages, but I really don’t know.

Also, the name ‘Gideon Defoe’ really is too good to be true.

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About whoseroses

Rose is an arts administrator from Victoria, BC. She has worked at some of Canada's biggest and best festivals, including the Victoria Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival. She co-founded the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival, and helps produce the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Rose is a graduate of Camosun College's Applied Communication Program, and is passionate about theatre, spoken word, comedy, and her community. She runs on festivals.
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One Response to The Pirates! in an Adventure with… a blog post (they’re heaps good books, kay?)

  1. Daniel Russ says:

    I might try those books mentioned above and give it to my cousins if they are good.

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