From Steve Martin, one of our best-loved comedians, a fantastic new novel with an unforgettably weird, original and ultimately engaging character - Daniel Pecan Cambridge.
Daniel Cambridge is a thirty-three year old compulsive-obsessive. He knows the exact wattage of the bulbs in his flat, and will panic if the wattage isn't kept constant. This makes it difficult if a woman wants the lights out in the bedroom. He can't cross the street unless two opposing driveways break the kerb.
Such characteristics make it difficult for Daniel to find the right woman, but he's very keen on Elizabeth who's selling the flats across the street and Zandy who works in the local pharmacy (though he's yet to actually speak to her).
There's also the murder of Bob from downstairs. Daniel has an alibi but is still a suspect, and his agreeing to a TV reconstruction of the murder inquiry could well backfire. It might also jeopardise Daniel's chances of winning the Most Average American competition which he's entered (twice).
In Daniel, Steve Martin has created a highly original, memorable character and The Pleasure of My Company will extend his unique writing gifts to an even wider audience.
Martin' s prose shows that he still has comic talent to burn. - THE TIMES
Witty, wry, clever and ultimately uplifting, this is a work of real talent. - SHE
This svelte and wickedly funny novel. - DAILY MAIL
a string of entertaining, Martin-style riffs about a retarded man trying to get a date. - THE INDEPENDENT
The poised prose and acute humour make this an immensely entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny read. - THE OBSERVER
'Don't miss out on an extraordinary outing. - DUBLIN EVENING HERALD
A gentle tale with the premise that no man is an island. - THE SCOTSMAN