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    CRASH! How I Lost a Hundred Billion and Found True Love (Kindle Single)
    by Julian Gough

    The UK Kindle Single #1 hit.

    Jude lives in a henhouse with no roof, that he bought for ten million euro, at the height of the Irish property bubble. One day, his mortgage is rated the debt in Europe most likely to default... The political and financial elite of Europe arrive, with a plan: help Jude put a roof on his henhouse, stabilize his debt, and reassure the markets. It all goes horribly wrong.

    "This novella is very funny – laugh-out-loud at times…Gough is one of our most talented satirists" — The Irish Independent

  • Jude in London
    Jude in London
    by Julian Gough

    Shortlisted for both the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize, and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, Jude in London is an epic, comic exploration of the bizarre love triangle between language, consciousness, and reality. Which is all very well, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • Jude: Level 1
    Jude: Level 1
    by Julian Gough

    Shortlisted for the 2008 Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

    The novel's prologue won the biggest prize in the world for a single short story - the BBC National Short Story Prize.

    "Sheer comic brilliance" - The Times

    "The best comic novel I've ever read" - Tommy Tiernan

    "Could be the finest comic novel since Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman" - The Sunday Tribune

  • Juno and Juliet
    Juno and Juliet
    by Julian Gough

    My first novel, of which I am very fond. The adventures of teenage twin sisters Juno & Juliet, in their first year away from home. Life, love and literature, in Galway and Tipperary.


    "Like Roddy Doyle in an extremely good mood" - The Washington Post

    "A modern, at times brilliantly ironic reworking of the classical fairytale, with nods to Shakespeare, Austen and Beckett." - Literary Review

    "Hugely entertaining" - Vogue

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The Jude in London, Not The Booker Prize, Flashmob Book Club

OK, if you want something meaningful and life-changing to do this weekend (and who doesn't?), you can join this one-off, high-speed, hold-onto-your-hats, Jude in London/Not The Booker Prize, flashmob bookclub. Will the life you change be yours, or mine, or both? We won't know till Monday.


A totally gratuitous topless shot of the author. Wearing a David Shrigley temporary tattoo. Long story.Here's the deal: my publisher and I will let you download my brand new book, for free, here. (It's usually £12.99 in trade paperback, or £4.99 on Kindle). You read it over the weekend, throwing in comments and arguing with each other (and me) in the comments section below. And if you love the book - and only if you love it - you can vote for it to win the Guardian's (in)famous Not The Booker Prize, anytime before midnight London time, this Monday (17th of October, 2011).


If you choose to vote for Jude in London to win the Not The Booker Prize, you'll need to vote in the comments on this page, and write a very short review here to prove you've read it. Also, bear in mind there's several other excellent books on the shortlist for the prize (I'm thinking in particular of Spurious, by Lars Iyer, and King Crow by Michael Stewart), so feel free to check those out, or read and discuss them instead.


And yes, when it's all over, you can pay as much (or as little) as you think the book was worth, directly to me & my publisher Ben. (We'll split it equally between us.) But if you're really poor, forget it, the book is on me & Ben. (I was on the dole for ten years, learning to write. I know what it's like to be too broke to join in the fun.)


So, it's an experiment - we're going to try and assemble a virtual flashmob book club. If you have any friends who might be interested, tell them. And I'll see you in the comments section down below, later.


Just click to go to the download page for the Jude in London Trust Edition

Oh, if you're wondering will Jude in London be to your taste, here's some recent reviews from The Guardian, The Irish Times, and The Cadaverine. (And if you want to go straight to the source and judge for yourself, here's an instant extract you don't have to download, about goats and financial bubbles: The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble...)


If you've any problems downloading the book free from here, just email me at, or tell me on Twitter (I'm @juliangough), and I'll email you a copy directly.


Have fun, be nice. Enjoy the weekend.


(EDIT: As soon as I posted this, and tweeted about it, the responses began - on Twitter. D'oh! I hadn't thought this through... So yes, we can talk about the book here; but also on Twitter (where I am @juliangough), using the hashtag #judeinlondon. I'll mosey back and forth. Talk soon...)

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Does anyone know how to get the file from the computer into my Nook Color? Something a non computer literate idiot can manage? I really can't lug the computer around allover the place. And I love The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble. It is simply the best metaphor for how stupidity, greed and government got us into the financial mess we are experiencing all over the world.
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobinbaker55
Hi Robin. Hmm, the file is a standard pdf, and the Nook Color supports pdfs, so it should import fairly easily from your computer. (Er, I'm not an expert on this though...)

Here's a video showing how pdfs work on the Nook Colour, but the guy doesn't tell you how to import them... I assume it's the same way you'd import an e-pub book.

I have heard that pdf files can lose their name when they're imported to the Nook Colour, maybe that's happened. A free program called Calibre can help with that. And if that doesn't help you, I'm going to cheat, and ask on Twitter...
October 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
was gonna try to start joseph miltons paradise lost, first few pages look seriously heavy so this looks like a good excuse to delay it another bit
October 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoecallaghan
How much will you pay me for the time I wasted on this piece of dreck?
October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat Myass
Seriously looking forward to this. I just read a bit paging through it. VERRRY interesting...
October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda White
Hi, it's Julian here. Very kind of you to join in... I like trying out odd, new online experiments, but I don't always think them through. So, I realised, straight after I set this up, that a small website's comments section probably wasn't the most efficient place to organise a book club. What we want here is a sprawling, messy, multiple conversation, so I'm going to set up a hashtag on Twitter - Eleanor Tiernan has suggested #judeinlondon - and we can migrate a lot of the discussion there.

And I can come back here now and again, and post some of the most interesting tweets here, in the comments section. I can also take any comments left here, and put a 140-character version of them on Twitter. Is that cool? So, if you're on Twitter, follow me (I'm @juliangough). Tweet questions or comments on Jude in London using the #judeinlondon hashtag, and I can see them and reply. As can anyone else reading the book...

And if you're not on Twitter, no problem, just question or comment here and I'll reply here too.

A couple of people have had problems downloading the pdf from the Old Street website. If you do have a problem, email me on and I'll email you a pdf directly.

October 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough

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