The Meal of Fortune

The worlds of arms dealing, espionage and TV cookery collide in a fast moving comedy caper.

Failing celebrity agent Dermot Jack thinks his luck has turned when a mysterious Russian oligarch hires him to launch his daughter’s pop career in the west. Disaffected MI5 officer Anna Preston is equally pleased to be handed the task of catching the Russian – in reality a notorious arms dealer – before he can sell a stolen nuclear warhead to the highest bidder. Dermot might just be able to help her out. So what if he’s her ex? That was years ago and she’s so over him now, isn’t she? And she never suspects that it is anything other than sheer coincidence that is about to bring them together again.

The Meal of Fortune is the first in a planned trilogy of comedy thrillers parodying society’s obsession with celebrity. 

About the author

Philip Brady lives in London with his wife and children and works in marketing. He primarily writes comedy thrillers set in the (almost) real world.

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Why We Like It

  • An intriguing and extremely original collision of arms dealing, espionage and TV cookery
  • A fast-paced comedy action thriller, this book is packed with unexpected twists and turns
  • A deep and dark insight into Moscow's underworld 

About the author


Phil was first inspired to write when he read Lord of The Rings as a child. Back then the ambition was to create a whole fantasy world with dragons and sword fights but, as George RR Martin seems to have cornered that market, he now writes comedy thrillers set in the (almost) real world instead.

He is somewhat obsessed with the public and media’s obsession with celebrity, which forms the backdrop to his books. These also tend to feature spies, gangsters, vicious (if feckless) criminals, washed-up private detectives and daytime TV presenters.

The Meal of Fortune is the third novel he has completed but he is as yet unpublished. The first will stay forever in a locked draw in darkened room with a cool wet flannel over its face. The second, the story of a revenge agency may see the light of day once he has finished his current trilogy.

Phil lives in London with his wife and children and works in marketing. His main rule in life is to never let tomato ketchup touch any food that is green. He hasn’t yet worked out any deep meaning behind this and suspects it is not the soundest of principles by which to live your life by. Although it’s better than quite a few he’s come across down the years. Best not to get him started on that one though.


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