Mr Gupta goes to the Sea was first published in October 2020 as a limited edition hardback, all numbered and signed copies selling out quickly. Now available as a limited edition paperback with flaps, and as an eBook via Amazon Kindle Store.
What does an ageing widower do when he discovers he is seriously ill? How does a kindly, gentle man cope with being the next target of a ruthless serial killer? Who can he turn to and where can he run? As Anil Gupta’s mundane life explodes around him, causing him to flee from certain death, other journeys begin.
Set in modern India, this is a tale of discovery from four perspectives; Mr Gupta, who faces the task of protecting his family from a homicidal maniac; Kāla Vaz, a psychopath who believes himself to be a god; Olaf, an Irishman, who is a tormented special forces soldier; and the wilding of an escaped Bengal tiger. Their lives are inextricably intertwined. Gupta is not alone – he has the help of William MacKeeg, a 19th century 78th Highlander who died in Lucknow.
Mr Gupta’s journey becomes a voyage of personal illumination and MacKeeg gives him a great advantage. Slowly he lifts from despair to revelation as he begins to see, with MacKeeg’s help, what life is and the greater things beyond metaphysics. Yet he knows Kāla is pursuing him and death leaves a bloody trail.
A story of hope rising from despair; a tale of gentleness overcoming the horrors of life. An interweaving of violence with passivity, and brutal enlightenment.
Mr Gupta goes to the Sea
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Praise for Mr Gupta goes to the Sea
Well I have a big complaint! I have hardly slept this week as I couldn’t put it down!! Finished it at 3am this morning and thought it was absolutely brilliant. Unique plot, great character development and observation, great exotic setting and a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed then cried and in the end I was very happy. I totally pictured MacKeeg as Billy Connolly. I have to admire people who can conceive of such tales and get them on paper in such a well structured and beautifully written way. Bravo Sir. I can whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone. Only worry is how Paul will follow this up, as the bar has been set high. I hope it becomes a best seller.
The book certainly gets under your skin (which is a bit ‘bloody annoying’). Even out for a walk I found myself wondering: where is Mr Gupta? Just finished. What can I say? Simply amazing, and an awesome debut. One of the best reads in a long time! And whilst you may sense how it might end, the finale is still loaded with emotion. Thank you – and congratulations!
My afternoon disappeared when I started Paul’s book! Also love the cover. I was totally engrossed all the way through. Now I have finished, I have that empty feeling that only really good books give one. It just carried me along with total conviction.
What a brilliant, unputdownable debut of the highest order by Paul Comerford.I can only say that I have never been more enveloped in a book. Gupta has suspense by the bucketful: a slow-burn psychological thriller that has moments of exquisite perception, a story of crime, brutal horror and violence, an action and adventure epic, with slices of candid humour, wit and sensitivity.The story is rich in protagonists, has a unique hook that is completely unexpected, and takes the reader through a rollercoaster of emotion, all beautifully written in a classic style. It even has a tiger! Although a story of loss and grief, it fills the reader with hope and even joy. This is the brilliance of the novel. I’ve never known the like. Mr Gupta is an unlikely hero, who finds inner strength in the most unexpected way. It would spoil the story to explain how, but the character of William MacKeeg is a genius move by the author. Be prepared to lose a lot of hours reading Mr Gupta goes to the Sea, because it is the ultimate page-turner. It would make a mind-blowing film. Definitely deserves to become a best seller. Well done sir!
Murder mystery, family affinity, loyalty, insanity, evil, blood & gore. Nature, including a kind and massive tiger. Superb setting. Fantastic story telling. Can’t wait for the film.
Let me first say that I had some apprehension about reading your book as it is not normally the type of book I would read. For some reason that I am still trying to understand, I found myself taking a journey with Mr Gupta. You are some storyteller. For me who has never been to India or that part of the world, I found I could relate to Mr Gupta and the world he lived in. It fired my imagination in so many ways. I could feel the heat, visualise the scenery, feel the terror , fear and smells in the scenes you created. So what started as an unexpected journey ended up with me not wanting Mr Gupta to reach the end of his journey. So thank you for what I think was a beautifully written book that I have enjoyed immensely. I wish you the very best of luck, that you deserve so very much with this wonderful book.
I rarely read fiction, having spent a lifetime walking and cycling in the hill and mountain regions of England, Scotland and Wales, I prefer to be an armchair traveller when it comes to lands further afield, and most of my reading is mountaineering and travel autobiographies. In Gupta, I felt I was reading a drama documentary travelogue. The author obviously knows India well and the sights, sounds and smells were very real. When I reached the end of the book, I had been to a new destination which I really wanted to re-visit very soon. I will have to re-read the novel from start to finish again to do it justice. It is hard to believe that it is actually fiction, so vivid are the scenes. I can’t wait for the film.
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