Way back in 1997, when I was 19 and scarily a lot of you were still at school, a little book was self-published by a young(er) man, named Colin Butts.
After numerous attempts at having the book published the standard way, Colin decided not to waste his time any longer. He founded Tuesday Morning Publishing and printed 20,000 copies of his pride and joy debut novel, which he distributed from his garage. (It’s definitely a novel. Absolute fiction. No true stories in there whatsoever…honest)
Colin’s pride and joy turned out to be a cult classic, got made into a movie, and both the author and book are now legendary on a magical Balearic island called Ibiza.
For anyone interested in pop or youth culture, “Is Harry on the Boat?” is an essential book for your collection.
You may have read it. You may have seen the film, starring Danny Dyer, Will Mellor and Davinia Taylor, that came out back in 2001.
You may never have heard of it.
If not, you’re missing out.
It’s based in Ibiza, of course. There is sex (and a lot of it). There are parties. There are calamities, hot young reps, drugs, outrageousness and lots of laughs. It may have been released in 1997, but it’s still all so relevant now.
This week, “Is Harry on the Boat?” was released on Amazon for Kindle. Now, I’ve promised that I’ll never buy such a gadget, but if I did, this would be one of the first things I bought to read on it. And if you like Ibiza, having a good time, laughing or just a damn good read, I recommend you buy it too. For Kindle, or like me, in a good-old-fashioned-book-with-real-pages.
Just don’t ever ask Colin to sign it. My dedication is rather rude 😉
Books by Colin Butts:
Screenplays by Colin Butts:
(Colin also run’s both Plastik and the Hed Kandi bar in San Antonio, Ibiza. You can find him there most nights during Summer. He’s not as scary as he looks. Really).