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Julian Gough
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24 Aug 2011
A comic epic for anyone who loves Roddy Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse, Beckett and Kafka, but wishes their books had more explosions...

'The Death of the Author is on your conscience!'
It was. 'Sorry,' I said.

Jude is a penniless Irish orphan, fighting blizzards, bankers and the laws of physics as he walks the length of England. He has not one, but two Quests: to find his True Love -- last glimpsed in the hairy clutches of a monkey -- and to uncover the Secret of his Origins.
Within hours of arriving in London, Jude has floored the monkey, won the Turner Prize, battled The Thing, and killed the Poet Laureate. Before the day is out he will be seduced, shot at, kidnapped, and forced to discuss literature with a crowd of Guinness-guzzling authors.
But can he fulfill his destiny in the labyrinth of the city, with its ten million temptations?
'What a day! And I never got my cup of tea.'

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (24 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905847831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905847839
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julian was born in London, raised in Tipperary, and educated in Galway. In answer to your most frequently asked question: Gough rhymes with cough. He lives in Berlin, drinks coffee, writes books, steals pigs, and sleeps late. Lately he likes to poke at new artforms, but we'll stick to the books here. His most charming novel is Juno & Juliet. His funniest, and oddest (and most prize-winning) novel is Jude: Level 1. It concerns a young Irish orphan with two penises, and his search for true love.

The radio play "The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble", broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009, introduced a couple of million new and slightly bemused listeners to the world of Jude. It is taken from the second volume of Jude's adventures - Jude in London - which will be published in September 2010.

Jude: Level 1 was shortlisted for the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, alongside excellent books by Alan Bennett, Will Self, John Walsh, Garrison Keillor and Joe Dunthorne. (Julian highly recommends Alan Bennett's superb The Uncommon Reader.) Will Self won the prestigious prize. However, certain scandalous events subsequently forced Julian to steal Will Self's pig. Let us draw a veil over the entire unsavory incident. (If you really must know more, you wretch, Google any combination of the words "Julian Gough", "Will Self", and "pig".)

In April 2007, Julian won the biggest prize in the world for a single short story, the BBC National Short Story Award, for "The Orphan and the Mob". (Opening line: "If I had urinated immediately after breakfast, the mob would never have burnt down the orphanage.") The story is also the prologue to the genre-mangling Jude: Level 1...

He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway group, Toasted Heretic, and had a top-ten hit in Ireland with "Galway and Los Angeles", a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor.

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'Sheer comic brilliance'
The Times

'Julian Gough is a wonderful writer'
Sebastian Barry

'Julian Gough gives a new shine to an antique mode, the Quixotic picaresque, as he relates the antic adventures of a Tipperary orphan. It's clever, it's nuts, and there are moments of comic greatness'
Kevin Barry, Irish Times, Books of the Year, 2007

'Clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious'
Mail on Sunday

'This is funny. It is also, possibly, quite serious. Certainly, it endears'
Irish Times

'Gough's novel is like the picaresque bastard love-child of Flann O Brien and Matt Groening, and yet is all Julian Gough. Possibly the finest comic novel to come out of Ireland since At Swim Two Birds, it recounts the story of Jude, an orphan, as he wanders through Ireland in a quest to find his true love and uncover the secret behind his parentage . . . Gough makes it look easy, with an instinctive sense of timing, and a razor sharp and subversive intellect'
Sunday Tribune, Books of the Year, 2007

'Twenty-first century Irish satire has well and truly arrived thanks to Toasted Heretic frontman, Julian Gough'
Metro, Fiction of the Week

'Jude makes most other contemporary Irish novels look like a pile of puke'
Olaf Tyaransen, Evening Herald

'Like Flann O'Brien before him, Gough has written a highly effective satire of contemporary Ireland by combining an eye for bizarre detail with a relentlessly anarchic prose style and structure . . . Jude in Ireland is an extremely original and surprising book which goes some way to making up for the dearth of literary responses to the changes brought by the Celtic Tiger. Jude in Ireland succeeds where few have tried in making us laugh at the grotesqueness of 21st-century Ireland.'
Sunday Independent

'Outrageously comic and satirical . . . a madcap romp which mercilessly sends up some of the sacred cows of modern Ireland, and even uses child abuse in an orphanage as a source of fun. It s a brilliant story (a sort of Celtic Tiger Myles na gCopaleen) guaranteed to put the painful into laughter.'
Irish Independent

'Gough's preoccupation with the Greeks at the time of Aristophanes comes across in his writing, echoing the belief that comedy is superior to tragedy, being the Gods' view. That is not to say that Jude is not a serious novel; it is deeply humorous, but Gough is deadly serious in his writing . . . With his inventive approach to publishing and disregard for literary conventions, Gough has written an epic novel for the 21st century, which, truly, no one else could have written.'
Aesthetica Magazine

'Julian Gough's Jude in Ireland manages an opening line that is bound to become a part of literary history . . . I defy any Indian reader to read the account of a Fianna Fáil political rally at the beginning of the book and not find it both familiar and hilarious . . . A ridiculous, brilliant piece of writing.'
Sunday Guardian, India

'A tour de farce, a comic chronicle of the history of the Irish psyche which takes the reader from the middle of the 20th century to the post-Celtic Tiger ennui of today, at breakneck speed.'
Galway Advertiser

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, wide- ranging and very, very funny. 23 Nov 2012
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I first heard Of Julian Gough when I heard 'The iHole' on Radio 4. That was an intelligent, prescient, moving and funny story. The Jude books are similarly enjoyable: this is easily the best thing that I have read for years, and I read a lot. Gough manages to satirise everything of modern concern to us and ties it all together with a hilarious plotline. Although he generously says that you don't need to read the first Jude book before this one (Jude Level 1 or Jude in Ireland, same book), I did, just to treat myself to more of this delicious writing.
An absolute triumph- clever, funny, enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Gough is the most cinematic of novelists 9 Mar 2013
By marsha a. mccreadie - Published on Amazon.com
Julian Gough is the most cinematic of novelists; he is also the most witty and adventurous. Yet how does he make myth from satire? Fortunately there are many cities left in the world in which to figure this out. Where will Jude go next? Same question for Gough the writer.

Marsha McCreadie, film critic and author. March 9, 2013, New York City
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jude's universal theory of everything 14 Oct 2011
By Nicholas Ochiel - Published on Amazon.com
When Jude, an Irishman loses his facility for his native tongue and accent, when he finds himself unable to articulate the excitement of a rugby match and instead, through no fault of his own, finds himself almost regurgitating F.A. Premier League commentary, we know that the bizarre has only just began to take over his life.

In fact, Jude is a comic every-man: a prankster, a fool and a wit. He's Falstaff, he's Bottom, he's Malvolio. His innocence (is it genuine?) makes his most outrageous observations acceptably funny. Men in love have long likened love and their beloved to various aspects of the cosmic menagerie but who, in the history of literature, save Jude, has deigned to liken a woman's blessed spot to an all-consuming Black Hole, of all things?

Jude goes on an Odyssey of the absurd, tackling the economics of bubbles and recessions, the nature of the universe (how to destroy and rebuild it), the essence of post-modernist literature and more. There's plenty of Socratic dialogue by which Jude seems, paradoxically, both smarter and dumber than we think he is. All the while, his main goal --his quest-- is to rekindle the affections of his girlfriend who, well, might have had intercourse with a hairy-arsed monkey; the girl who, in "Jude in Ireland", had parted her thighs for one of Jude's friends (read into that what you will).

Jude, to me, seems to be The Great Irish sufferer. No one is more self-immolating than he is except that, being Irish, he accepts all that happens with a strange, sometimes resigned but always hopeful, insouciant bliss.

There are more innovative jokes about Englishmen and Irishmen in "Jude In London" than you can find most anywhere else. But the humour which covers the whole gamut, from situational comedy fare to kicked-in-the-nuts Jackass-style laughs, manages to deliver so much cultural and social commentary that by the time you reach its end, you'll be convinced that Jude is that smart guy who has been pulling your leg all this time, while buying you drinks at the pub, and telling you the most surreal tales you will ever hear.

In the end, you won't know what to believe.
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