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BOOK OF THE MONTH:
By RUSSELL KANE
SIMON & SCHUSTER, APRIL 2012, £12.99
Russell Kane is the 21st century’s answer to the Renaissance Man. Having graduated with first class honours, he quickly became head of copy at a top advertising agency, before becoming the first comedian to win both the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – the two most prestigious prizes in comedy.
His debut novel is published this April and it brings with it a new and original literary voice.
Kane’s ribaldry narrative centres on Benjamin White. No ordinary man, he is blessed with an extraordinary gift: to understand humour at its deepest level. But, this gift quickly transpires as a curse, disabling him from ever experiencing laughter or even a smile. At the height of his profession as a comedy critic, he lacks human empathy and embodies resentment when he discovers a formula that enables him to construct the world’s most powerful joke. No ordinary joke. This one has the power to kill.