Bob Mortimer The Satsuma Complex


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'Funny, clever and sweet'- Sunday Times

'The much loved comic proves adept at noirish fiction in a debut whose surrealist humour sets it apart' - Observer

'Like Spike Milligan, Mortimer has managed to use a novel for his distinctive comedic voice' - The Telegraph

'Hilarious' - Daily Mail

'You'll love it' - Independent

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 smash hit first novel by bestselling author and comedian Bob Mortimer.

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'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


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