Holy Water

AUTHOR: James P. Othmer
FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 304 pages
SIZE: 235 x 155 mm
ISBN: 9781742582665
RIGHTS: Australia and New Zealand
CATEGORY: Fiction, James P Othmer,



James P. Othmer

Holy Water is a swift and biting black comedy that blends outrageous satire with subtle understandings of the corporate and humanitarian business models.

Henry Tuhoe works for a multinational conglomerate that’s starting to outsource to third‐world countries. He has a beautiful wife who won’t let him touch her, and a new home in the suburbs with a hefty mortgage. Life doesn’t seem so sweet any more.

Then Henry’s boss offers him a choice: lose his job or go to the tiny, about‐to‐be globalised Kingdom of Galado to set up the back office (aka call centre) for a boutique bottled‐water company. Henry takes the job.

In Galado, Henry wrestles with first‐world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a steroid‐abusing, megalomaniacal monarch, and a woman intent on redeeming both his soul and her country.


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Praise for Holy Water:

Unlike many of today’s novels, this one stays with you long after the last paragraph. ★★★★



How are we to live? It’s the persistent question that haunts most good fiction, in Othmer’s new novel it is framed in a way that is both mordantly funny and caustically satirical.


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