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The Pleasure of my Company

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From Steve Martin, one of our best-loved comedians, a fantastic new novel with an unforgettably weird, original and ultimately engaging character - Daniel Pecan Cambridge.'Makes you laugh out loud' Sunday TelegraphDaniel Cambridge is a thirty-three-year-old man who is slightly bewildered by life. He knows the exact wattage of the bulbs in his flat, and will panic if the wattage isn't kept constant. He can't cross the street unless two opposing driveways break the kerb. And he is exercised by the colour of hat worn by the local gas station attendant.Such characteristics make it difficult for Daniel to find the right woman, but he's very keen on Elizabeth who's selling the flats across the street and Zandy who works in the local pharmacy (though he's yet to actually speak to her). There's also the murder of Bob from downstairs. Daniel has an alibi but is still a suspect, and his agreeing to a TV reconstruction of the murder inquiry could well backfire. It might also jeopardise Daniel's chances of winning the Most Average American competition which he's entered (twice).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753817683
  • 9780753817681
  • 312,243

Review quote

A gentle tale with the premise that no man is an island. * THE SCOTSMAN * 'Don't miss out on an extraordinary outing. * DUBLIN EVENING HERALD * The poised prose and acute humour make this an immensely entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny read. * THE OBSERVER * a string of entertaining, Martin-style riffs about a retarded man trying to get a date. * THE INDEPENDENT * This svelte and wickedly funny novel. * DAILY MAIL * Witty, wry, clever and ultimately uplifting, this is a work of real talent. * SHE * Martin' s prose shows that he still has comic talent to burn. * THE TIMES *show more

About Steve Martin

Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. His huge successes as a film actor include such credits as ROXANNE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, PARENTHOOD and THE SPANISH PRISONER. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to the bestselling PURE DRIVEL, he has written several plays, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the highly acclaimed novels, SHOPGIRL and THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY. His work appears in THE NEW YORKER and the NEW YORK TIMES. He is an avid and knowledgeable collector of art.show more

Review Text

Martin' s prose shows that he still has comic talent to burn. THE TIMESshow more

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13,552 ratings
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4 40% (5,463)
3 29% (3,880)
2 6% (867)
1 1% (182)
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