A Tale of Blackmail, Turnip Tossing, and the Cold-Blooded Murder of an Incredibly Irritating Old Man

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UK author Gina Collia-Suzuki is set to turn tragedy into comedy with the release of her new novel, 'The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy.'

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When Gina Collia-Suzuki moved out of the city with her husband, in search of a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle on the southwest coast of England, the last thing she expected was to find herself living next to nightmare neighbours from hell. After suffering years of systematic abuse, and receiving little or no assistance from anyone working within the legal system, you might expect the novel inspired by these events to be a sombre exploration of the effects of living with nightmare neighbours, but it's far from that. The resulting work of fiction, which charts the exploits of Benjamin Arnold Guppy and his equally malevolent wife, Pat, in their attempts, invariably doomed to failure and highly comical in nature, to extort money from their young neighbours, is a satirical tale of the transformation of an ordinary thirty-something woman into a calculating killer, and the demise of the man responsible for that change.

'Some messages have more impact when delivered with humour,' the author said. 'Guppy's a horrid character, there's no doubt about that, but he's also an absurd one. He makes you laugh and cringe at the same time.'

Guppy, a sour-faced old swindler with a penchant for clucking like a chicken and more than a passing interest in the local postman, is relentless in his attempts to achieve his goal, and his victim, unlike the author, who insists that she has never murdered any of her neighbours, struggles to come to terms with her situation before ultimately realising that murder is her only means of escape.

The book, published by Nezu Press, will be available in January 2009. For more information visit: http://www.ginacolliasuzuki.com


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