Captain Isambard Smith must rescue a psychic hippy maiden from her hippy world and bring her to the safety of the British Empire where her hippy truth will be revealed, or it will all go to hell in a space cart.
When a crazed cult leader overthrows the government of Urn, Isambard Smith and his vaguely competent crew find themselves saddled with new allies: a legion of tea-obsessed nomads, an overly-civilised alien horde and a commando unit so elite that it only has five members..
From the depths of Space a new foe rises to do battle with mankind: the British Space Empire is threatened by the lemming-people of Yull, ruthless enemies who attack without mercy, fear or any concept of self-preservation. Now Smith and his crew must defend the Empire and civilise the stuffing out of a horde of bloodthirsty lemming-men
The fate of the galaxy rests on just one man. That man is Captain Isambard Smith, and the galaxy is in a lot of trouble. When the British Space Empire is attacked by a dimension-jumping warship, Smith's moderately brave crew join a deadly game, without rules and only one thing certain: it just isn't cricket. Smith will face his greatest fears: from the edge of space, through Hell itself - even to France.
Heroes will rise, go slightly insane, travel up the Swannee and need to be recovered. Oh, and there's the small matter of deciding the fate of an empire…or two.
All Smith has to do is win a ball game, organise a party for a four-year old, depose a dastardly dictator...and civilise the Galaxy. All in a day's work for our Hero of the British Space Empire. A very busy day indeed!
'I say! A right riveting read, what!.'
Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series
'Set in a universe where the suns never set on a stiff upper lip, this warm-hearted and funny interstellar romp gives the sacred cows of sci-fi a good kicking before racing home in time for tea.'
Dirk Maggs Director, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases
"I defy anyone not to laugh out loud several times,"