Malice in Blunderland Paperback – 22 Mar 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cried with laughter, what could possible go wrong in one mans life goes wrong. I am still yet to find a book so horribly funny like this. Great read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this thinking that I had unearthed something funny and rude, an enjoyable quick read. I had however unearthed muck. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Goldbaaren
Brilliant, laugh out load funny. The author clearly has lived an interesting life to be able to put a plot like this together.Published 22 months ago by Danny
I have just finished Malice in Blunderland. I found it brilliantly written and insightful. Gibbings spins a tale of dark dealings as the main character blunders from one disaster... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by getleyartist
If you like dark comedy, a gripping plot and a loverble loser this book is for you. You start of laughing at the guy and end up loving him. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Budgie biggs
I read this out of curiosity and the fact that I have to read to fall asleep so get through quite a few books. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2012 by LollyB
If I were ever found with a pile of cash, an assortment of drugs, and a dead hooker, Jonny Gibbings is the person I would call to get me out of it. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2012 by Janina Matthewson
Finished Malice in Blunderland in a couple of days whilst reading it in work. Had everyone look at me weird when i lol..... I haven't read a book this funny in ages. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2012 by Louise