Worst. Person. Ever.

Worst. Person. Ever.

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A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable new novel.

Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him.

Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Gunt, in the words of the author, "is a living, walking, talking, hot steaming pile of pure id." He's a B-unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor-style reality show. Along the way, Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment, is forced to re-enact the `Angry Dance' from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war. We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick, Neal, as well as Raymond's ex-wife, Fiona, herself `an atomic bomb of pain'.

Even though he really puts the `anti' in anti-hero, you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable character.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 30mm | 339.99g
  • Cornerstone
  • William Heinemann Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0434019917
  • 9780434019915
  • 224,097

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"An outrageous comic riot, delivered as a tear-inducing funny and pitch-black farce ... For every laugh here, there's a haunting, echoing scream in the distance. The plot is unbridled romp ... It is hard to describe, out of context, quite how funny Coupland's novel can be." * Sunday Times * "Worst. Person. Ever. is very much a return to form. It had me laughing out loud on the bus to work." * Irish Times, Books of the Year * "There are gloriously unquotable remarks and fantastically lurid images on every page. Gunt's mind is a super-sewer in which it is a pleasure to swim. You can't help giggling, constantly. Worst. Person. Ever. may be a raging bonfire of inanities but it contains some of Coupland's finest writing since Shampoo Planet." * Evening Standard * "There are some clever plot twists and fine comedy set pieces." * Scotland on Sunday * "A comic riot of a novel." * Sunday Times - Must Reads *
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About Douglas Coupland

Born on a Canadian NATO base in Germany, Coupland is the author of such bestsellers as Generation A, JPod and eleven other novels, along with non-fiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, sculptor, furniture and fashion designer, and screenwriter.
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