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Canongate, Feb 28, 2002 - Fiction - 309 pages
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When an enormous, self-help manuscript lands on the desk of Edwin de Value, a stressed-out, over-worked and underpaid editor at New York's Panderic Press, its fate seems destined to be the bin. Edwin's cynicism of self-help books, coupled with his filthy mood that morning, results in his dismissing Tupak's Soiree's What I Learned on the Mountain in the most ignominious fashion: he doesn't even bother to reply. However, the trouble is that Tupak Soiree's doorstopper is a unique thing: a self-help book that actually works - and before Edwin knows it, a chain of events has been started that will have enormous consequences not just on his own life but for the world at large. Ferguson's first novel is a masterpiece of comic fiction, a must for anyone who has retched on Chicken Soup for the Soul but deep down felt the need for some spiritual and emotional guidance.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I had a good time reading this story of the creation of a self-help book that actually works. the characters are well drawn, and the pace is firm. I look forward to another book by the same author. Read full review

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User Review  - mountie9 - LibraryThing

Wry and funny and quite frankly just bloody marvelous. Perfect for anyone involved in any way in the creating, marketing and selling of books. And bang on commentary on the self help book market! It ... Read full review

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