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Riverhead Books, 2003 - British - 455 pages
Joshua King has more reasons than most young writers to produce that Great First Novel-and they're sitting in his father's bank account. Before dying of a tragic Viagra overdose, Josh's father put a stipulation in his will: Josh cannot claim his fortune unless he writes a bestselling novel in the next five years. The last thing Josh wants is a purpose in life: he's far too busy traveling, taking drugs, and growing his hair. He's very uncomfortably ensconced in a dirty Delhi flophouse, but it's the perfect place to meet drifters and druggies, users and seekers-the kind of people who know how to find Baba.
Yes, the Baba...the man, the myth, the mystery...and, maybe, the inspiration for a major bestseller.

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PAPERBACK ORIGINAL: A Novel About Making a Novel

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British slacker in India has to become a successful author within five years if he's to inherit a fortune.Joshua King is a spoiled loser. Born in London, he had a privileged upbringing and expensive ... Read full review

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Every writer dreams of producing a literary work that defines his or her generation. For J.D. Salinger, it was "The Catcher in the Rye"; for Alex Garland, "The Beach," But for Will Rhode, it's, well, something like "The Beach"-but different. Born in London, Rhode has worked for Reuters in India, made films in Thailand, and wrote financial journalism in Hong Kong. Moving to New York City with his wife and son, he worked as the editor of "Risk," a financial magazine, until he worked up the courage to quit and write a paperback original.

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