The only novel ever published by the playwright Joe Orton (posthumously), this fantasy follows the fortunes of the hero, Gombold, who strays onto the head of a creature some hundred miles high.

Gombold begins a strenuous and eventful journey southward, through the giant’s nether regions and on towards his toes, becoming caught in a gender-bending love affair, thrown in jail, and enlisted in a war between the Left Buttock and Right Buttock dwellers. Will Gombald escape these myriad perils?

Joe Orton’s 1970 novel was longlisted for theĀ Lost Man Booker, in 2010.

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Joe Orton was an English playwright noted for his black comedies, which combine genteel dialogue with violent and shocking action.
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