The title is “The Unexpected Vacation Of George Thring” by Alastair Puddick
George Thring runs away from home. By accident.
George Thring is an average, ordinary man – unfulfilled, slightly depressed and knows he should be getting more out of life. One night after work, George climbs into his car, gets lost in a sea of thought and accidentally finds himself stranded in a remote small town in the middle of their annual Elvis Presley appreciation festival. Slightly baffled and a little shaken, George realises it is the wake-up call he needs. So he decides to stay at a hotel in town whilst he figures out whether or not he should go home.
Whilst in town, George meets Alice. She is similarly dissatisfied with life and desperate for adventure. The two hit it off and before long they find themselves falling in love. All of a sudden the world seems brighter to George and he starts to think he has found someone who can finally make him happy.
Also in town are gentleman thief Major Charles Fairview and his thuggish accomplices. They are planning on using the cover of the town’s Elvis Presley festival to rob the bank. George gets caught up in the robbery and unwittingly ends up running off with the money. Panicked and unsure what to do, he hides the cash.
Before long George is hiding out and trying to avoid the local police, an overzealous detective who has tracked him from home, and the armed robbers who want their money back.
This is not a traditional crime story, it is a quirky, comic novel that happens to feature a bank robbery. At its heart, this is a book about a man who runs away from home by accident, gets into a few scrapes along the way, and discovers that life is so much more than he ever imagined it could be.
The book would appeal to fans of quirky, humorous fiction, and is similar in style to early Christopher Brookmyre and the novels of Colin Bateman.
Ideas for the cover:
• A simple drawing of an Elvis costume from the back, with the title and wording written across the cape in a strong font.
• The view from inside a car, looking out on a long deserted country road, with a toy Elvis hanging from the rear view mirror.
• A simple cover with a drawn pair of Gold Elvis Sunglasses against a colourful background, with the book title perhaps drawn within the lenses?
• A cover featuring a drawing of the bank robbery with the tall, thin “Major” with no gun, the two short, fat thugs with machine guns and the bank’s customers as hostages – all dressed as Elvis.
• Use iconic Elvis lettering (see pinterest page) for part of the book title (character's name), with simple imagery around the page (broken down car, Elvis glasses, jumpsuit etc.)
• The cover essentially needs to be illustrated, colourful and really needs to stand out.