Description - One Big Damn Puzzler by John Harding
On a remote South Pacific island paradise the struggles of Managua, the village elder, to translate Shakespeare s Hamlet into the local pidgin English are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of William Hardt, a naieve young American lawyer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He's there to do the right thing but from the moment he steps ashore nothing will ever be the same . . . hat follows is an ambitious and gloriously original novel, inviting us into a sublimely imagined world teeming with life and ideas and full of wonders the islanders with their strange notions about sex, their madly logical rituals and their tortured but addictive version of the English language, a curiously large number of people with artificial legs, and the dwarf pigs they hunt (when they can be bothered). It s a place where magic is everywhere- where you can buy a potion to make someone fall in love with you (all it costs is a few yams) and visit the kassa house and discover that the dead may not be so dead after all. It s a world so different it questions our own values and ideas about love, life and even death. chingly funny and profoundly moving, One Big Damn Puzzler confirms John Harding as one
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Author Biography - John Harding
John Harding was born in the Isle of Ely in 1951. After local village and grammar schools, he read English at Oxford. He worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor before becoming a freelance writer. His first novel, the bestselling What We Did On Our Holiday was shortlisted for the WHSmith New Talent Award. He lives in Richmond upon Thames with his wife and two sons.