WHEN it came to writing their debut book, the Penny brothers certainly had a novel approach.
Johnathan began the process, by writing about a calamitous detective called Hymie Goldman. He sent it to Mark, who responded by sending him back a chapter of a story, using Mark’s character.
“We took it in turns to write a part then, when inspiration had deserted us, posted the story to the other to add the next part.
“Only when the book was complete did we review the manuscript to iron out the numerous inconsistencies dead-ends and longueurs,” Mark explained.
A unique way to write a book, perhaps, but it certainly seems to be a successful one.
Celebrities have been lining up to heap praise on the brothers for their debut effort.
Actress June Whitfield, comedy writer Roy Clarke and David Suchet have all enjoyed the story, with the latter saying it was “funny, exciting and touching all at the same time.”
“Originally we just set out to make each other laugh,” said Mark, who lives in Knowle.
“It’s become a very different kind of book, nothing like I’ve ever read before.”
You can read all about failed private detective Hymie Goldman in ‘The Golden Pig’ (published by Lightning Bolt) as it arrives in book stores later this month (January 27).
And the brothers are already working on a sequel with the ‘defective detective’ Hymie Goldman getting up to even more mischief.
For more information about the book see the Penny brothers’ website at www.pennybrothers.com.