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Monkey Puzzle

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A man is trying to commit suicide when he is interrupted by a burglar - who promptly decides he is going to sort his life out for him!

It's almost Christmas Eve and Ash Jackson is depressed. His wife has left, he's lost his job and even the cat is snubbing him. He is further humiliated when, on encountering a burglar, the man refuses to leave and instead sets out on a mission to save him. Grant is an unlikely Guardian Angel - gruff, Millwall-supporting, permanently drunk, drugged or giving bad advice. They set out together on a series of misadventures involving the wanton destruction of public property, defecation, chaos at Midnight Mass and murder.

Monkey Puzzle is a black comedy about what happens when you really lose it. With nods to Hornby, Stevenson and Amis, this is the kind of book we used to enjoy reading when people used to actually read. It is fast, funny, spiteful, dark and hilarious and by turns, heart wrenching and poignant. Always poignant.

Written by the author of three comic novels, Marc Blake is also a script consultant and a lecturer in comedy performance and screenwriting at Southampton Solent University.
His 2001 ITV drama 'The Swap' was broadcast to great acclaim and his comedy/horror movie 'Dead Weight' is in pre-production. His autobiography 'How a Writer Dies' is also available on Kindle - a salutary tale of the downs and downs of the writing game.

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Used availability for Marc Blake's Monkey Puzzle

Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Monkey Puzzle
Author(s): Marc Blake
Publisher: Running Pen Productions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA