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The Humorist by Russell Kane
  

The Humorist

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The coruscatingly original debut novel from one of Britain's best young comedians.

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Synopsis

The Humorist by Russell Kane

Survivor, genius, critic. Murderer. Meet Benjamin Davids White, blessed since his infancy with an extraordinary gift: to understand humour at its deepest level. Yet Benjamin is cursed, too: in all his life, he has never laughed or smiled. At the height of his profession as a comedy critic, yet lacking any kind of human empathy, Benjamin discovers a formula that will allow him to construct the most powerful joke the world has ever known. A joke that has the power to kill...

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'Russell Kane is a death defier, the sort of comedian who won't let a moment pass without filling it with laughter' ZADIE SMITH

About the Author

Russell Kane

Russell Kane was born in Enfield, Essex, in 1980. His life-long love of literature meant that he read his way out of Ecstasy pills, cannabis and a job as a shop assistant, into a first-class degree and a job at an ad agency. He made Head of Copy in eighteen months. Then a colleague suggested stand-up comedy as a way of letting off steam and creative juice in the evening. Within two years, Kane had left the world of advertising to become a professional comedian and won last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show, the most prestigious prize in UK comedy. The Humorist is his first novel.

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Publication date

26th April 2012

Author

Russell Kane

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www.russellkane.co.uk/

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857209238

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