Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: Camp Scoundrel
Camp Scoundrel is a wonderfully humorous read, full of wit and poignant satire. In this very entertaining story, we follow a handful of people, accused of crimes of different types, who are sent to a remote location in Spain where they must survive by their own skills and wit, on the land, for 6 months, in lieu of serving their terms in prison. The Justice Department in the UK is trying this method as an alternative means of rehabilitating them. But nothing goes as planned, and this unlikely group, who have the combined survival skills of a house cat, must figure out a way to endure their term, while convincing the Justice Department that they are in fact doing what they were sent to do. The dialogues are just fun from start to finish, reflective of Luddington's usual flippant and insouciant style of storytelling. You will chuckle yourself to sleep. Highly recommended.
Review by International Writers Inspiring Change
About David Luddington
In case you don't know, I write comedy. Gentle British comedy. Having grown up with P.G. Wodehouse, the Ealing Comedies and the Carry On movies I like to think I've captured the essence of traditional British Humour but brought it firmly into the... where are we now? No... Not going to think about that.
I also write to a theme. I write about identity, the personae we use to identify ourselves in the world and what happens when that's suddenly taken from us. Who are we when the wave we've been riding all these years dumps us on the shores of Couldn't-Care-Less and moves on? Having been dumped by two big waves I do feel somewhat of an authority.
Primarily I write comedy because I want people to laugh a bit more. I believe in Hope and Second Chances and like to bring a positive feel to my writing. And it doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full as long as it's still got at least some beer in it. Although if you're looking for cruel, biting satire then please buy my books anyway. You'll be disappointed but I need the money.
So, about me. I currently live in the Alpujarras in Southern Spain. I'm here on a fact finding mission for my next book. At least that's what's going on my tax return. I am fortunate enough to have been given a second chance at life. Having spent most of my working life in Sales and Marketing, at all levels and many different industries, I was finally dumped one last time when the industry I was in found it could no longer survive so much government help and finally collapsed.
I now live in a funny little house in a strange little valley with my wife and soulmate (Just hope they never bump into each other), two cats and an indeterminate number of dogs.