Punk rock legend Rat Scabies embarks on a real life quest for the Holy Grail.
Chris Dawes lives in a quiet street in Brentford, opposite Rat Scabies, former drummer with The Damned and best noted for setting his drums on fire while playing them. Life with Rat as a neighbour isn't run-of-the-mill and things turn even stranger when Rat announces that the two of them are going on a search to find the Holy Grail. The sacred relic has eluded everyone from King Arthur to Monty Python, but Rat reckons he knows where it's stashed.
Once they've written a list of things to do ("Buy metal detectors!") the pair get to work on unravelling the mystery, which involves the Knights Templar, the ancient sorcerer Kings of France, a shadowy secret society called the Priory of Sion, the CIA and the remote and spooky village of Rennes-le-Chateau in the Pyrenees, where it begins to look as though someone - or something - wants to stop them from finding out anything at all ...
RAT SCABIES AND THE HOLY GRAIL is a psychedelic road trip, a rich historical yarn, and a testimony to the sometimes odd nature of certain friendships.
You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried ... Shot through with crypto-mysticism, freaky characters, and spooky/trippy historical revelations, GRAIL reads like a post-punk Travels with my Aunt and is almost as entertaining. As the Damned once sang: Neat, neat, neat! - Entertainment Weekly
More credible than the DA VINCI CODE! - Mark Radcliffe
The DA VINCI CODE gets the punk rock treatment - The Bookseller
Dawes' sardonic account of their various encounters and misadventures asserts the value of believing in your friends, even if they believe in fairy tales. - The Independant on Sunday
By the end it doesn't matter whether they've been successful in their hunt for the Holy Grail - its a thoroughly enjoyable, funny, touching and fascinating read and it's worth just going along for the ride - Coventry Evening Telegraph