We are thrilled to introduce to Jasper's astonishing novel, The Octopus Man. Inspired by a tragic death in Jasper's own family, the novel explores issues that often scare us, that we are often afraid to talk openly about, in a loving and comedic manner, bringing conversations surrounding mental health into the open ready for exploration.
In the book we meet Tom, once an outstanding law student who 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 – sometimes cruel, sometimes loving, but always there to guide him.
After a florid psychotic break, the pressure builds for Tom to take part in an experimental drugs trial that promises to silence the voice forever. But no one, least of all Tom, is prepared for what happens when the Octopus God is seriously threatened.
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.
Don't forget to include a copy of The Octopus Man with your ticket. Books will also be available to purchase on the night!
Jasper Gibson was born in the Peak District, Derbyshire in 1975. He is the author of one previous novel, A BRIGHT MOON FOR FOOLS (2013). He lives in East Sussex, where the book is set.