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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Cutting Edge Press (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908122129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908122124
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gibbings' triumph lies in his mastery of a vulgarity that is epic, even Homeric, in scope...those that can stomach it will be treated to some howlingly funny moments."" --"Booklist

About the Author

Jonny Gibbings' life so far has been a series of fails. Homeless at 14, he got involved in a crime syndicate. He was rubbish at that and was 'rewarded' with a stay in a Young Offender's Institute at 18 where he learned to read and write. Living in Plymouth, and proud of his only qualification - a 100 metre swimming certificate - he surfs (the sea) at every opportunity. Malice in Blunderland is his first novel.

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It is rare that you find a book that will make you roar with laughter out loud and even rarer to find a book that makes you want to be physically sick - and I do not think I have ever read a book that even attempts to combine both of these and yet Jonny Gibbings in his first book has managed to successfully integrate these with a precision and skill that not even the most disciplined militia could ever achieve.

This book has to become a cult classic and I am sure will be one of the most controversial books of 2012.

If a film is ever made of this book, the producers should have a film as seminal as trainspotting.
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Just finished Malice, read it in one day and haven't laughed so much when reading for a long time. Where do I start...
Wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was hooked almost immediately. What a brilliant main character. I started off disliking 'him' (we never learn his name) but ended up feeling protective and proud and wanting to be his friend! It's not for the prude though - I'll not be recommending this to my mother-in-law, but I'm already recommending it to my friends. Reading this book took me through a literacy journey of emotions - thought 'yuk' and felt shocked quite a few times but also laughed so hard I nearly pee'd myself. Jonny is such a brave and clever writer. He really does cross boundaries - but does it so well. It's quite addictive and I felt myself longing for more random twists and turns. Although not sure in the beginning where the story would take the reader it develops into a very clever plot. I hope this book does well. I would love to see this made into a film - would be interesting to see some of the key moments on the big screen and how they'd get around filming them! You must read this. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. Well done Jonny.
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Gibbings starts out with the alienation and disconnection of someone stuck in a recurring episode of 'the Office' where the mundanity of modern office culture can only be alleviated by the habitual use of massive quantities of recreational drugs. Brilliantly funny observations are dropped effortlessly, although the paranoia, loneliness and downright hopelessness are every bit as tangible as that captured by Will Self in his Grey Area short.

Then the hero's life really takes a turn for the worse..........

Following a string of poor decisions, and downright catastrophic luck the story becomes a hilarious slapstick collage of beatings, arrests, and humiliating sexual depravities.

I don't want to talk at all about the second half of the book, for fear of undermining the unexpected twists and turns make this book really special. Lets just say I found myself convulsing uncontrollably with laughter and wincing with revulsion within a few minutes on more than one train journey over the past couple of weeks.

A comic masterpiece along the lines of Trainspotting, with some wonderful observations, and a really beautifully written ending. Highly recommend this work.
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Very funny, start to finish. Had me laughing out loud in many places but also cringing at the toe curling experiences of the hapless "hero" of the story. I have recommended this book to many friends who share my strange sense of humour. Not for those who are easily offended.
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I'm sad. It's finished. In the beginning I didn't want to read it. Heard a lot of talk beforehand but my curiosity is too much and so I bought my first iPhone Kindle app ebook. So glad I did. The teaser chapters are genius marketing, which I read and was far too intrigued not to buy. How could I not follow this sad, pathetic creature into a week of hell?

It's fast paced, funny, disgusting, controversial and clever. I'm a grammar and spelling lover but the quirky writing style is diary-esque and strangely it didn't bother me.

My favourite bits? The burglary and the car chase. I held my breath through some of the burglary; tense yet funny and disgusting. Ridiculous visions conjured in my head all the way through. If you haven't bought it yet, go read the teaser chapters and get on with it!
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I bought the book on Kindle based on the number of positive reviews on here and I wasn't at all disappointed. As an insomniac I do alot of reading at night and this book is terrible for that purpose because I was continually waking up my wife with poorly suppressed laughter.

It may not be everyones cup of tea but it's unquestionably mine and I will be recommending, no, insisting my mates with similar senses of humour buy a copy and read it.

Fantastic book and I hope Jonny feels compelled to write some more.
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I bought this book after reading some tweets and blogs by the author. To my horror, I consistently laughed out loud at some of Jonny's nonsense despite it being very, very wrong. So the book came and I willed myself not to find it funny. One page in & my bladder packed in on me such was the hilarity of the protagonist's prose.

I genuinely have never, ever laughed as loud & as long as I did at Jonny's book, so much so that my family are having me committed to a home for the bewildered. Apparently I was born without a funny bone, my laughter therefore proves my mental anguish.

You really shouldn't like the protagonist, but you do. You really do. I went from wanting to feed him to sleeping with him out of pity. He does the worst, most wrong things but you realise that we all actually think about the shenanigans he gets up to, we just don't have the guts to admit it.

I even fell a wee bit in love with Bulldog the protagonist's nice but dim buddy. And trust me thats no easy feat.

If you are easily offended, have no sense of humour and are basically up your own bum, don't read this book. If you want to laugh until you wee & continue chuckling for days as you remember words, phrases & situations then please do. Its the best money I've spent in a long time.
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