Author(s): Jasper Gibson
'Funny. Disturbing. Brilliant.' Lily Allen
'A beautiful thing, this is The Dharma Bums meet Clozapine. Now is the time for this book.' DBC Pierre
Once an outstanding law student, Tom is now lost in the machinery of the British mental health system, talking to a voice no one else can hear: the voice of Malamock, the Octopus God - part-comforter, part-autarch, part-guide.
After Tom is coerced into a drugs trial, his loving sister, along with his doctors and carers, all celebrate the loss of Malamock. However, Tom's own sense of relief soon turns to despair. He was Jacob, wrestling with the angel. Now he is just Tom, struggling on benefits. Tom decides to get his voice back.
Deeply moving and tragi-comic, The Octopus Man takes us into the complex world of voice-hearing in a bravura literary performance that asks the fundamental questions about belief, meaning, and love.