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by Jasper Gibson


‘Very funny, very unpleasant and very touching at the same time.’ Michael Palin

A crime caper with heart - fast, furious and very, very funny, from the co-creator of cult website The Poke

* Jasper Gibson is the co-creator of The Poke, which is the UK's largest comedy site with over ten million hits a month

* HB was published by the author to rave reviews

* PR and events, including the infamous Rum Readings, to be set up

* A Confederacy of Dunces for the digital age

* Jasper's Youtube video for the book, The Lost Lectures, has had over 6k views

'Have you sold your soul to the devil?' asked the boy.

'Everybody has sold their soul to the devil,' sighed Christmas. 'That's why you can't get a decent price.'

Harry Christmas - part Jim Royale, part Ignatius P. Reilly, part Oliver Reed - is on the run. Unable to cope with the death of his wife, bouncing from one bad decision to the next, a terrifying assault by the son of a woman he's conned makes up his mind to leave the country. On a mission to track down his wife's ancestral village, Christmas arrives in Venezuela certain that his fortunes are about to improve. He's dead wrong. Soon out of money and luck, he is forced into yet more deceit - with devastating consequences for those he has fooled. Lost, drunk and lurching across rural Venezuela, Christmas reaches the point of breakdown. He wakes up in a village at the end of the world. He is hanging by one leg from a tree. Inspired by the mighty Lola Rosa, he tries to crawl out of his spiritual abyss and find a way to live amongst these fishermen and farmers - but love isn't easy when you are a career liar still married to the dead. As the real trouble begins, can redemption survive?

A comic novel that is as funny as it is heart-breaking, Jasper Gibson's debut marks the arrival of a bold new voice in British fiction.

Jasper Gibson was born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire in 1975. He first visited Venezuela in 2008 and has lived and worked there as an English teacher and on a cacao plantation. He now lives in East Sussex and is the co-founder of thepoke.co.uk, the UK's largest comedy site with over ten million hits a month. A BRIGHT MOON FOR FOOLS is his first novel.


'Few first novels are as bold or as haunting as this' Spectator

'Very funny and unexpectedly moving' Daily Mail

'Often very funny indeed ... The vigour of its central character propelling it constantly forward, its jokes and riffs crackling and sparking' Guardian

'Wonderfully poetic, absorbing and so funny I snorted tea through my nose. And I wasn't even drinking any' Danny Wallace