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The Satsuma Complex (Paperback)Bob Mortimer (author)
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.
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2023
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
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm
'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.' - The 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?' - The 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
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Really enjoyed the book although came to the end all to soon, a real page turner, cannot wait for the next one.
“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.
“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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