The Octopus Man

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This title tells the story of Tom, once an outstanding law student, now living in East Sussex and lost in the machinery of the British mental health system. Opening with a swirling, compulsive diatribe, Tom comes quickly to confirm what we readers suspect: that he is not entirely alone. He hears the voice of Malamock, the Octopus God – part-comforter, part-autarch, part-guide. After Tom is coerced into a drugs trial, his loving sister and the medical profession celebrate the loss of this voice. However, Tom’s own sense of relief soon turns to despair. Once he was Jacob, wrestling with the angel. Now he is just Tom, struggling on benefits. Tom decides to get his voice back. Deeply moving and tragi-comic, ‘The Octopus Man’ takes us into the complex and disturbing world of voice-hearing in a bravura literary performance that asks the fundamental questions about belief, meaning, and love.

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‘An exceptional work . . . A brilliant and necessary book’ Douglas Stuart, author of the Booker Prize-winning SHUGGIE BAIN

‘THE OCTOPUS MAN reminds us that behind the words “mental health” lies a universe of WILD CREATIVITY, HUMANITY and SPANKING BIG LIFE. Now is the time for this book.’ DBC Pierre, author of the Booker Prize-winning VERNON GOD LITTLE

‘Funny. Disturbing. Brilliant’ Lily Allen

‘A joy to read’ Johnny Flynn

Once an outstanding law student Tom is now lost in the machinery of the British mental health system, talking to a voice no one else can hear: the voice of Malamock, the Octopus God – sometimes loving, sometimes cruel, but always there to guide him through life.

After a florid psychotic break, the pressure builds for Tom to take part in an experimental drugs trial that promises to silence the voice forever. But no one, least of all Tom, is prepared for what happens when the Octopus God is seriously threatened.

Deeply moving and tragi-comic, THE OCTOPUS MAN takes us into the complex world of voice-hearing in a bravura literary performance that asks the fundamental questions about belief, meaning, and love.

Additional information

Weight 0.6 kg
Dimensions 23.8 × 16.4 × 3.6 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

288

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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