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Burrito Deluxe

By Joseph Ridgwell

From the mean streets of East London to the intoxicating thoroughfares of Mexico City emerges a tale of two young men disconnecting from all forms of technology and society at large in a mad chase for freedom. Fed up with the monotonous trap of dead end jobs in the city Joe and compadre Ronnie need out, by any means necessary.

Burrito Deluxe tells of drunkenness, East End underworld escapades, thieving, prostitutes, drug-fuelled trips to sacred Mayan temples, psychedelic peyote visions, hippy lifestyles, romantic liaisons, and the search for the legendary Lost Elation at the mystical Beach of the Dead.

A study in pathological behaviour at close quarters, this is the first of cult author Joseph Ridgwell’s unique novels – the true story of two young men in search of freedom and adventure, but finding nothing but lies, dreams, insanity and death. Described by the author as a ‘cosmic road novel’, it chronicles the end of youth and idealism, and a total rejection of the modern world.

Joseph Ridgwell was born in 1974 and raised in East London. He left school with no formal qualifications but despite this he read his way through every classic book, underground writer, poet or philosopher he could get his hands on. At nineteen he was stabbed in a bar brawl and decided to leave the UK, travel the world and learn how to write. Ridgwell has lived in Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Belize and finally Thailand where he ran a bar. He has published the novel/memoir series Burrito Deluxe, The Cross, The Last Days of the Cross and The Buddha Bar as well as six collections of poetry, two short story collections and a novella.

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