The Octopus Man

The Octopus Man

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 21/01/2021
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The Octopus Man
Octopus deities and mental illness.
The Octopus Man follows Tom once a law student now struggling with mental health issues talking to and worshiping Malamock, the all-seeing and all-knowing ... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley


'Astonishing' Stephen Fry 'Exceptional' Douglas Stuart, author of the Booker Prize-winning SHUGGIE BAIN 'Now is the time for this book' DBC Pierre, author of the Booker Prize-winning VERNON GOD LITTLE 'Funny. Disturbing. Brilliant' Lily Allen Once an outstanding law student Tom is now lost in the machinery of the British mental health system, talking to a voice no one else can hear: the voice of Malamock, the Octopus God - sometimes loving, sometimes cruel, but always there to guide him through life. After a florid psychotic break, the pressure builds for Tom to take part in an experimental drugs trial that promises to silence the voice forever. But no one, least of all Tom, is prepared for what happens when the Octopus God is seriously threatened. Deeply moving and tragi-comic, THE OCTOPUS MAN takes us into the complex world of voice-hearing in a bravura literary performance that asks the fundamental questions about belief, meaning, and love.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474616072
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 36 mm

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The Octopus Man
A book that you won't forget
This is a book that will stay with me for a long time – perhaps the rest of my life. It brought me close to edges in my own psyche that are not comfortable... READ MORE
Kate Wilson
The Octopus Man
A powerful novel that explores mental illness from a unique perspective
My thanks to the Orion Publishing Group/W&N for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Octopus Man’ by Jasper Gibson in exchange for an honest review. I have a fas... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Octopus Man
Deeply moving
Inspired by his cousin, who suffered for more than 20 years on long term medication as a diagnosed schizophrenic, Jasper Gibson’s novel is heart-felt and d... READ MORE
Helen Walker
The Octopus Man
What is normal?
Tom, living with a long-term diagnosis of schizophrenia, is in communication with Malamock, the Octopus God. Should Tom please those who care for him, and ... READ MORE
Amanda Read
The Octopus Man
THE OCTOPUS MAN, fascinating reading
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* *CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, INCLUDING SUICIDE* Many of us will probably describe themselves as progressive, mo... READ MORE
The Octopus Man
The Octopus Man
4.5 stars Oh this book is heartbreaking. Tom is a very clever man, formally a law student with great prospects, he has fallen down the mental health black ... READ MORE
The Octopus Man
Thought provoking and darkly humorous
Tom has had a diagnosis of schizophrenia for 19 years, possibly caused by the copious amounts of drugs he imbibed as a young man. A brilliant student, his ... READ MORE
Louise Barber
The Octopus Man
Schizophrenia: read and learn: The Octopus Man by Jasper Gibson
This is a well-written, poignant account of the hardcore end of mental illness. Two members of my immediate family suffered from schizophrenia; the author... READ MORE
Jayne Stokoe
The Octopus Man
Piggybacking on the consciousness of the story teller is such a roller coaster experience.
A few hours in and I’m still sorting through the roller coaster of emotions after reading this book. It is hilarious, heart breaking, brilliant, and a mind... READ MORE
Essa Garcia
The Octopus Man
Heartbreaking and hilarious
The Octopus Man is an intense and visceral novel, written from the point of view of a young English man called Tom. After a period of extreme drug use at ... READ MORE
Verity Halliday