All’s fair in love and comedy…
It’s the golden decade before the Great War, when the music halls are the people’s entertainment, before radio, television or cinema, and bigger than them all.
Young, gifted and desperate to escape a life in service, Arthur Dandoe is trying to make his way within the prestigious Fred Karno theatre company. Trouble is, the company’s ruthless number one performer – a certain
Charlie Chaplin – sees Arthur as a threat, and will stop at nothing to take him down.
Things turn nasty when Charlie and Arthur both fall for the alluring Tilly Beckett. One of the two men is fated to become the most celebrated man on the planet, with more girls than he can shake his famous stick at. The other … well, this is his story. His book.
Chris England’s previous writing includes the stage plays (and subsequent films) An Evening With Gary Lineker and Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, and the book Balham to Bollywood (a Radio 4 Book of the Week). In addition, he writes the radio shows 7 Day Sunday and 7 Day Saturday for BBC Radio FiveLive.
The Fun Factory is his first novel.