The Satsuma Complex (Hardback)
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The Satsuma Complex (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 27/10/2022
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Waterstones Says

From the beloved comedian and author of the bestselling memoir And Away comes a debut novel rich in Mortimer's unique brand of surreal whimsy, as nondescript legal assistant Gary seeks a girl he met by chance, through the estates and pie shops of South London.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2023 Debut Book of the Year

My name is Gary. I’m a thirty-year-old legal assistant with a firm of solicitors in London. To describe me as anonymous would be unfair but to notice me other than in passing would be a rarity. I did make a good connection with a girl, but that blew up in my face and smacked my arse with a fish slice.

Gary Thorn goes for a pint with a work acquaintance called Brendan. When Brendan leaves early, Gary meets a girl in the pub. He doesn’t catch her name, but falls for her anyway. When she suddenly disappears without saying goodbye, all Gary has to remember her by is the book she was reading: The Satsuma Complex. But when Brendan goes missing, Gary needs to track down the girl he now calls Satsuma to get some answers.

And so begins Gary’s quest, through the estates and pie shops of South London, to finally bring some love and excitement into his unremarkable life…

A page-turning story with a cast of unforgettable characters, The Satsuma Complex is the brilliantly funny first novel by bestselling author and comedian Bob Mortimer.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781398521209
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The much loved comic proves adept at noirish fiction in a debut whose surrealist humour sets it apart ... Off the wall doesn’t quite cover it ... Fans of Mortimer’s surrealist turns on Would I Lie to You? or his internet sketch show Train Guy won’t be disappointed. Nor will crime fiction devotees, if only they can get over the talking squirrels.' - Observer

'Funny, clever and sweet – and the "Richard Osman effect" will make it a bestseller ... The good news is that there is a lot of Mortimer’s ridiculousness in all this. Gary loves a regular chat with a squirrel in his playground, and his favourite chat-up lines include, “Have you ever needed to use a tourniquet in your work environment?”' - Sunday Times

'As in his television work, Mortimer conveys an infectious joy in his own oddity, and, as his recent bestselling memoir And Away… showed, there is a sweetness to his worldview that makes his writing gently poignant. And although I can’t imagine non-fans emerging anything other than baffled, those who are used to his brand of weirdness will find that the book works well as a thriller, too. Like Spike Milligan, the only vintage comic whose fiction is still read, Mortimer has managed to use a novel as a vehicle for his distinctive comedic voice.' - The Telegraph

'An offbeat romantic thriller, as if Salvador Dali scripted a Hitchcock film... It's as a comic novel that the book is most memorable. It contains the funniest description of somebody having a bath that you're ever likely to read… But there is genuine tension at times, and I came to believe in and care about the central characters. More than just a tour of the wonderfully weird mind of Mortimer, it works - for the most part - as a novel.' - Daily Express

'I’m delighted to report it’s as hilarious and surreal as you would expect… stuffed with laugh-out-loud moments.' - Daily Mail

'With Mortimer’s self-mocking wit, plus an audio version read by Sally Phillips, alongside the man himself, what’s not to love?' - Saga, Book of the Month

'The first novel from comedy legend Bob Mortimer is as funny, idiosyncratic and full of squirrels as you’d expect. It’s also really rather lovely.' - HEAT, Book of the Month

'Mr Clown Shoes. Lassoo the dog. The corn cob dongle. Just three hilarious elements of The Satsuma Complex – a surprisingly serious debut novel from Would I Lie To You? and Gone Fishing comedy star Bob Mortimer. The stellar success of his surreal and semi-truthful autobiography And Away… caused clamour for a fully fictional follow-up, and Mortimer fulfils the brief with a remarkably dark and gritty tale of sink estate murder, law and order mystery, and honey-trap romance. His distinctive tone and bizarrely British humour sing from every page, with the story swinging from side-splitting set-pieces to moments of real pathos and high drama. It’s a bit unusual, but you’ll love it.' - Independent

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“Great Read”

Really enjoyed the book although came to the end all to soon, a real page turner, cannot wait for the next one.

Hardback edition
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“The perfect book for any super sleuth or Mortimer fan”

The book is full of classic Mortimer-isms, hilarious scenarios and even a perfect hidden mystery - I’m not much of an avid reader but worked my way through it in one night.

Could not recommend highly enough.

Hardback edition
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“I enjoyed the teaser I was sent to review”

I was sent an advance copy of the first two chapters of The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer to read and review by NetGalley. I really enjoyed reading this teaser – I call it that as I now really want to read the rest... More

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