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A hilarious and brilliant novel from the comedian, actor and polymathic TV presenter.

Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford. Miracles. Healings. Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud-caked hippopotamus like Ted.

With this funny and deliciously readable novel, Stephen Fry takes his place as one of the most talented comic novelists of his generation.

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Fresh, filthy, funny and fizzing with ideas

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  • Paperback

    9781784755003

    May 15, 2017

    Arrow

    416 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099457039

    October 1, 2004

    Arrow

    416 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781409007555

    December 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    416 pages

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