On a remote South Pacific island, the struggles of an elderly tribesman to translate Hamlet into local pidgin English are interrupted by the arrival of an unexpected visitor. William Hardt is an obsessive young American lawyer who has come to help. From that moment on, nothing will ever be the same - for what (and who) William finds on the island will challenge both his and our notions about love, life and even death.
Achingly funny and profoundly moving, One Big Damn Puzzler confirms John Harding as one of contemporary fiction's most entertaining and observant chroniclers of the human condition.
'A looping, playful flight of fancy...Gaugin-gaudy, and as rich and spicy as a good dish of stewed yam' Daily Telegraph
'Laugh-out-loud funny, ambitious, carefully constructed, addictive, this novel is one big damn fine achievement' Glasgow Herald
'Blackly comic...intensely literary...an allusive tour de force...a thoroughly entertaining read'The Times
'A rambunctious novel filled with memorable characters and generous helpings of wit and compassion...you'll be hooked to the very end' Good Book Guideshow more