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Novels
Summer Overtures
Freedom for Mr.Mildew
Nigel Someone
Ribald Verse
Easy Come, Easy Go, or,
       It TakesAll Sorts
To Hell With Thomas Bowdler,
       Mrs Grundy & Mary Whitehouse!
Lock Up Your Sons
On Pleasure Bent
Gay Abandon
Heavenly Blue
Sodomy Is Not Enough !
Cave Canem
Sour Grapes
Lust & Malice
Orts and All
Recorded Oral Histories
A Funny Old Quist
Oiky
The Good Deeds of a Good Woman
A Stranger in Gloucester
Endsleigh*
At the Dog in Dulwich
Four Acres and A Donkey
Love, Dears!
Born to Sing
Clive Murphy
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Sour Grapes

The verses in this collection linger in the mind like aphorisms, their stark brevity often belying a weightier intent. Together with Gary Parkinson's witty illustrations, their acerbic and disarming honesty communicate a mood of robust optimism and laughter.

'Did something happen to Mr.Murphy
in the woodshed'?
Butterfly Magazine

An Irishman's Loss of Faith

I slept contented.
Now I'm demented.
To call me adorable
was deplorable:
To take my purse
was even worse.

I gave my trust. You slaked your lust,
Then stole from me. Me heart is bust.
You were the man I pinned some hope on.
Henceforth I'll sleep with one eye open.
How dare you have your cake and eat it!
I'm in despair 'cause doubly cheated.

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