Grinning Bandit Books

Welcome to the Grinning Bandit Books website.

We have a great selection of entertaining eBooks from a number of independent authors. All books are released on Kindle and then in paperback.

Our books

The Reckless Years: A Marriage made in Chemical Heaven by Frank Kusy

The true story of two people who tried and failed to destroy each other. And fell in love. Again.
When Frank’s mother dies on his wedding day, his life spirals into a hopeless existence of drink.
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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XBQX4CB

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBQX4CB

 

Short Tails of Cats and other Curious Creatures by Frank Kusy

Fat Buddhists, insomniac cats, wide-boy whales, headless horsemen, Polish plumbers, little piggy home-owners, and partially-sighted mice – something for everyone in this short tale anthology of the absurd.

 

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MQWIEII

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQWIEII

 

The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman

The End of the Universe is nigh ...
As a result of a computer error, landscape architect jixX finds himself in charge of a dangerous space mission. With a useless crew, and a ship’s computer that thinks it's a comedian, jixX cannot see how things can get worse. Until he encounters aliens and learns of a daft prophecy about the end of the Universe.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01J9225S4

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J9225S4

 

Too Young to be Old by Frank Kusy

When Frank starts working with old people, he rediscovers a young dream. And sets about making it come true.
As Frank Kusy turns 27 he is unexpectedly put in charge of an old people’s home in Clapham. Driven to distraction by a crazy cast of characters he seeks solace in Buddhism, only to find himself up to his ears in plasticine pigs and marathon chanting sessions

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013PZCPT0

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013PZCPT0

 

Flashman and the Sea Wolf by Robert Brightwell

This first book in the Thomas Flashman series covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time.
From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0075VKKKM

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0075VKKKM

 

Flashman and the Cobra by Robert Brightwell

 

This book takes Thomas to territory familiar to readers of his nephew’s adventures, India, during the second Mahratta war. It also includes an illuminating visit to Paris during the Peace of Amiens in 1802.
As you might expect Flashman is embroiled in treachery and scandal from the outset.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00A969V1O

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A969V1O

 

Flashman in the Peninsula by Robert Brightwell

While many people have written books and novels on the Peninsular War, Flashman’s memoirs offer a unique perspective. They include new accounts of famous battles, but also incredible incidents and characters almost forgotten by history.

Flashman is revealed as the catalyst to one of the greatest royal scandals of the nineteenth century which disgraced a prince and ultimately produced one of our greatest novelists.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IKFN9UK

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKFN9UK

 

Flashman's Escape by Robert Brightwell

This book covers the second half of Thomas Flashman's experiences in the Peninsular War and follows on from Flashman in the Peninsula. Having lost his role as a staff officer, Flashman finds himself commanding a company in an infantry battalion.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NHPMFPS

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NHPMFPS

 

Percy the High Flying Pig by Gerry Gregory

When Percy the pig decides life on the farm is too boring, he escapes with Sam the sheep dog. Before you could shake two trotters together, they are up in the air on a high flying adventure! Too late, Percy discovers his fear of heights and crash lands in France. Chased through the countryside, he finds new friends and new strengths...but will Percy ever see his home again?

For ages 4-9

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WCSU738

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WCSU738

 

The Walls of Troy by Cherry Gregory

It is seven years into the siege at Troy, and Neomene finds herself defending the Greek camp against fever and Trojan attack. Soon she is embroiled in the destiny of Achilles and the fate of Troy itself.
In this sequel to The Girl from Ithaca, Neomene, Odysseus's little sister, befriends the women who are forced to survive alongside warriors such as Achilles, Ajax and Agamemnon.
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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00USK9UYY

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00USK9UYY


 

The Girl from Ithaca by Cherry Gregory

Neomene of Ithaca, younger sister of Odysseus, reveals what Homer never knew: a woman's view of the Trojan War.

A Spartan war ship sails into Ithaca and two men arrive to demand the fulfilment of an oath. When Odysseus joins the Greek alliance against Troy, his young sister, fourteen-year-old Neomene, is thrust into a world she knows little about.
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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00T6UW7I8

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T6UW7I8


 

Warwick the Wanderer by Terry Murphy

Rock n’ roll: it’s the future!

Bold Sir Warwick is almost out of a job. The best adventures have been done and even the Holy Grail has turned up. Worse, it’s not his turn to be King. Career advice from the Wise Wizard is no help and chivalry is so middle ages.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OWXKEC0

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OWXKEC0

 

Off the Beaten Track by Frank Kusy

What did Frank do to escape the crazy Polish biker chick? He went off the beaten track…
In 1989, Frank Kusy found himself the unwilling love slave of a booted and bodiced Boadicea on a Harley low rider. Then he fell in love with someone else, and it got a lot worse. Trapped in a small bedsit in London, with strange foreign curses coming through the door, he jumped at the chance to write a travel book on South East Asia. There followed the craziest year of his life.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NG439WI

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NG439WI

 

The Albion by Derryl Flynn

Fast approaching forty, life's experiences haven't mellowed Terry Gallagher any; angry and disillusioned; sickened by the mindless violence all around him and trying to come to terms with his own thuggish past, a legacy of life on the Broughton estates, he decides to make good. Here is a story of one man and his unwilling buddy who form a football team and strive to bring colour and self-esteem into the lives of a rag bag bunch of thirteen year old scallies. On a forgotten piece of waste ground the lads shape their adopted home.

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AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957585160

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0957585160

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MSS1DYO

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MSS1DYO

 

 

He Ain't Heavy He's My Buddha by Frank Kusy

Joe discovers he is fat quite by accident...and embarks on a disastrous course of Buddhist self-improvement. Starting with FatBusters.
Ever felt trapped by your own body, your own mind, your own prejudices, by the prejudices of others? Well, here's twenty or so characters who feel just that and fight for freedom - Joe, trapped in a fat body, a cream jumper, a flotation tank. Betsy and Nelson, prisoners of their scrambled minds; 'Hey You' and Beryl, stuck with an unfortunate name and an even more unfortunate nose; and Sergei the polish plumber, consigned to a cardboard box with a smelly cat his only companion.
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NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

A Marriage made in Chemical Heaven by Frank and Madge

The long-awaited sequel to Rupee Millionaires
When Frank tragically loses his mother, he plunges himself and new bride Madge into a dark, deluded world of drug-taking. Will they ever survive?The first pill was magical—Frank loved the whole universe and got engaged to Madge—and the second one was hilarious (they romped around butt-naked and sent the photographs to Snappy Snaps), but after that it was all downhill. They spent five years chasing those first incredible highs.
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Scrapyard Blues by Derryl Flynn

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. How did one crazy night of excess end up with 25 years behind bars?
Convicted for the brutal murder of an ex girlfriend, JD Smith is back on the streets a bitter and broken man. Now in his fifties, the once good looking, carefree, former musician in a post punk R & B band is left to reflect on the bizarre events that led to his long incarceration without right to appeal, where, despite maintaining his innocence, all the evidence continues to point to his guilt.

 

Kevin and I in India by Frank Kusy

Two barmy British backpackers take on India in this true story of adventure and misadventure. All Kevin wants is a cheese sandwich...

The year is 1985. Indira Gandhi has just been assassinated, and McDonalds are just planning their first branch in India, to sell non-cow 'Lamburgers'.

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AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957585136

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0957585136

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GUUI4TI

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUUI4TI

 

Rupee Millionaires by Frank Kusy

Want to make a million? Be careful what you wish for ...

At 35, I was a struggling travel writer with five guides in print but not enough money to pay the rent.  Then, working as a Buddhist trader in London’s St Martin’s-in-the-Fields market, I met Spud.  His thuggish ability to scare people, notably the Petrovs, two encroaching Russian gangsters, made him seem the ideal business partner.

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AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957585128

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0957585128

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FQ7A5WK

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FQ7A5WK

 

Ginger the Gangster Cat by Frank Kusy

Ginger returns from the dead - to carry out the most cunning cat crime of the century. In Barcelona.

Ginger is not a happy cat.

He's fat, he's ugly, and he's getting old.

He also lives in Surrey.

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AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK:

   UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957585152

   US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0957585152

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AFZ2X1Y

   US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFZ2X1Y

 

Ginger the Buddha Cat by Frank Kusy

Ginger is facing a tough decision. Sausages or enlightenment?

Ginger is about to relive the first of his nine lifetimes upon this earth - as a fat greedy god-cat in ancient India.

The sequel to the ever-popular Ginger the Gangster Cat.

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AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BK7TZ94

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BK7TZ94

 

Weekend in Weighton by Terry Murphy

First-time private investigator Eddie Greene is having a bad weekend. It's about to get worse.

When he finds the slab-cold body of his first client, he knows something's up - he only spoke to her fifteen minutes earlier.

Free-wheeling, swash-buckling, trash-talking Eddie is not just out of place in a humdrum northern town. He's out of his depth on his first case, out of funds from a now deceased client and out of favour with Weighton's big society.

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AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK:

   UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/095758511X

   US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/095758511X

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE:

   UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0072Z5EHA

   US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0072Z5EHA

"Weekend in Weighton is one of the funniest (and cleverest) books I've ever read."  - Wussyboy.

"Hilarious one-liners, witty dialogue and intricate plot." - J. D. Gray.
 
"Read this excellent book whilst enjoying a couple of lazy days and a few bottles of beer." - Mickster.