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The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy [Paperback]

Gina Collia-Suzuki
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25 Dec 2008
Benjamin Arnold Guppy loved turnips. He loved eating them, but most of all he loved throwing them. He also loved money and pain... extorting a lot of the former and causing an equal amount of the latter. A foul, sour-faced old swindler with a penchant for clucking like a chicken and more than a passing interest in the local postman, he was determined to get his hands on his neighbours' money, regardless of the cost. As it turned out, the price was his life.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Nezu Press (25 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955979617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955979613
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,757,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gina Collia-Suzuki is a writer, artist and art historian based in the UK. Having developed a deep interest in eighteenth century Japanese art and culture at an early age, she began studying Japanese woodblock prints whilst training as an artist in the 1980s. In 1986 the eminent scholar Jack Hillier became her mentor, and with his invaluable guidance she began in-depth research into the works of Kitagawa Utamaro. More than two decades of passionate study resulted in the publication of two groundbreaking works: 'Utamaro Revealed: A Guide to Subjects, Themes & Motifs', in 2008, and 'The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue', in 2009.

Keen to promote an understanding of the subjects encountered when looking at Japanese prints, Gina lectures on eighteenth century Japanese art, history and culture and maintains a popular blog dedicated to the same area of interest (

Gina is also the author of two satirical novels: 'The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy' and 'The Delightful Undoing of Patricia Enid Guppy'. She is currently working on an historical novel set in eighteenth century Japan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy. 24 Jan 2009
By Lel
A delightfully humurous book which is a must read for anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of bad neighbours.
The story of a young couple who move into a new home,and fall foul of cantankerous elderly neighbours "The Guppys". Their attempts to extort money from the young couple fail, they then embark on a venomous campaign to either make the young couple pay up or sell up.
When Benjamin Arnold Guppy goes a step too far he has to be stopped at all costs his demise is cleverly thought out and will leave you feeling that he got just what he deserved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy 3 Feb 2009
By Sue
Gina Collia-Suzuki has captured the unusual subject matter of nuisance neighbours brilliantly well in this gem of a book.Approached with a good balance of humour and despair it is both laugh out loud funny and grippingly sad as the reader is taken on a journey outlining the devastating effects of nuisance neighbours on their 'victims'.
The nuisance neighbours in this case are an elderly gruesome twosome,the Guppys, who inflict a reign of terror on their new young neighbours from day one.The Guppys display all the classic symptoms of a couple who appear to suffer from a narcissistic personality disorder crossed with delusions of grandeur.
Superbly written and hard to put down, this really is a 'must read' for anyone,but particularly poignant to anyone who really does have the misfortune to suffer with nuisance neighbours.
The awful Guppys are truly the stuff of nightmares and will rank high in the world of literature among the book characters we just love to hate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neighbours from Hell 31 Mar 2009
What a totally enthralling read! We all have had or known of troublesome neighbours, but I suspect few have been subjected to this level of mental and physical torment. Somehow though, despite the humour, the events have a spooky reality to them. It certainly makes me appreciate the great guys we have next door.
I am sure there is scope for a sequel. Can there be a rise and ultimate fall in the fortunes of the widowed Pat? Or perhaps the appearance of the ghost of Benjamin in a vegetable salad?
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