Yesterday, we did an interview with Happy Ali’s prolific writer, Trevor Hughes, who is also a published author. Stuck in Hong Kong during the interminable Covid lockdowns and restrictions, Hughes decided to write a book that’s a far cry from his previous novels. Read on to find out more about a topic that is often the butt of many jokes, but rarely the subject of an entire book.
Did you know that Britain was saved by piles not once but twice?
Or that if it hadn’t been for piles Britain would now be a province of France or Germany?
Were you aware that piles played a part in the formation of the Protestant Church, were instrumental in some of our great music and literature, helped Gary Cooper win an Oscar and set back the advance of Communism by several years?
Piles have been around for centuries: the Babylonians had them, and the Aztecs, the ancient Greeks and Romans. So did many famous people, some of whom appear, unhappily I’m sure, in the pages of The Book of Piles, the new release from Trevor Hughes: founder member and prolific content provider for Happy Ali.
The Book of Piles details the history of the dreaded condition and describes early attempts at a cure including such things as the Curing Haemorrhoids Sutra; the application of goose grease and other odd potions; electric shock treatment; red hot irons; leeches, and the power of prayer.
In this learned study you will also discover the Babylonian penalty for the offence of being a bad wife; the only church in the world where you may safely drop your trousers; the patron saint of alcoholics; selection procedures for becoming one of Catherine the Great’s lovers; the real reasons for the invention of Corn Flakes; the location of the world’s largest recorded turd; why a man in Hong Kong had a live eel up his bottom and much, much more.
Yes, in these Covid-raddled times we need something to bring a smile to our faces and so in complete contrast to Trevor Hughes’s previous books here is something completely different. Replete with amusing illustrations and lots of quirky footnotes, The Book of Piles will assist you in surviving those long boring hours of lockdown, quarantine, social-distancing, mask-wearing and the other horrors inflicted upon us by Delta and Omicron and whatever other Greek names they can dream up next.
So pour yourself a nice scotch or a large glass of wine and settle back (carefully if need be) to discover all those fascinating facts about the bottom that you always wanted to know but were simply too afraid to ask.
Available as paperback or e-book from Amazon UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Australia.
Or, if you live in Hong Kong, get a signed copy direct from the author. Just send your name and contact details to trevorhughes-writer.com or to info@Happy-ali.com.