Bob Mortimer was born in Middlesbrough in 1959, the youngest of
four sons. He trained as a solicitor before a chance encounter with
Vic Reeves in the 1980s led to a successful career in comedy as
half of duo Reeves and Mortimer. His screen credits include
Shooting Stars, Big Night Out, Catterick and most recently BBC2's
Gone Fishing. His memoir, And Away…, published in 2021. It became
the bestselling memoir of the year, was named Times and Sunday
Times Humour Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for Non-fiction
Book of the Year at the National Book Awards. The Satsuma Complex
is his first novel.
He's on Twitter and Instagram as @RealBobMortimer.
'The much loved comic proves adept at noirish fiction in a debut
whose surrealist humour sets it apart ... Off the wall doesn’t
quite cover it ... Fans of Mortimer’s surrealist turns on Would I
Lie to You? or his internet sketch show Train Guy won’t be
disappointed. Nor will crime fiction devotees, if only they can get
over the talking squirrels.'
'Funny, clever and sweet – and the "Richard Osman effect" will make it a bestseller ... The good news is that there is a lot of Mortimer’s ridiculousness in all this. Gary loves a regular chat with a squirrel in his playground, and his favourite chat-up lines include, “Have you ever needed to use a tourniquet in your work environment?”'
'As in his television work, Mortimer conveys an infectious joy in his own oddity, and, as his recent bestselling memoir And Away… showed, there is a sweetness to his worldview that makes his writing gently poignant. And although I can’t imagine non-fans emerging anything other than baffled, those who are used to his brand of weirdness will find that the book works well as a thriller, too. Like Spike Milligan, the only vintage comic whose fiction is still read, Mortimer has managed to use a novel as a vehicle for his distinctive comedic voice.'
'An offbeat romantic thriller, as if Salvador Dali scripted a Hitchcock film... It's as a comic novel that the book is most memorable. It contains the funniest description of somebody having a bath that you're ever likely to read… But there is genuine tension at times, and I came to believe in and care about the central characters. More than just a tour of the wonderfully weird mind of Mortimer, it works - for the most part - as a novel.'
'I’m delighted to report it’s as hilarious and surreal as you would expect… stuffed with laugh-out-loud moments.'
'With Mortimer’s self-mocking wit, plus an audio version read by Sally Phillips, alongside the man himself, what’s not to love?'
*Saga, Book of the Month*
'The first novel from comedy legend Bob Mortimer is as funny, idiosyncratic and full of squirrels as you’d expect. It’s also really rather lovely.'
*HEAT, Book of the Month*