Danny Williams is a young lawyer. He didn't mean to be a lawyer, but somehow he is - and for up to eighteen hours a day. He's well-paid, home-owning and 27, but also over-worked, lonely and frequently stoned. The plan was to leave the troubles of a small town in Northern Ireland for the big city in England, but it turns out Londoners have troubles of their own. His colleague Albert spends too much time deciding which ergonomic mouse to use; his boss appears not to be human; and though the trainee on the ninth floor is beautiful, Danny works on the tenth.
Then one evening an old school friend pitches up into his shiny new life. On the run from a Loyalist militia, Geordie brings everything that Danny had thought he'd left behind and dumps it on his doorstep.
Taking place over an intense five-day period - set in London and the fictional town of Ballyglass - the novel looks at who and what we really owe loyalty to: our lovers, our friends, our country, ourselves? And what happens to your soul in an office? And why do jellybeans cost so much in posh hotels?
'"Utterly Monkey" is an extraordinarily accomplished novel, by a confident and eloquent voice, filled with humour and insights.' Sunday Times
'Fluently written, ebulliently implausible, Nick Laird's fiction debut is an entertaining mix of thriller and comedy of misfortunes.' Independent on Sunday
'Funny, good-humoured and deftly written.' Daily Telegraph
'"Utterly Monkey" is the real thing; a novel rich in both achievement and promise, by a writer who can actually write.' The Times
'Exquisitely written and extremely entertaining.' Mail on Sunday
'A fine, amusing writer.' Daily Mail
'Laird has earned his place on the writers' catwalk. Expect to hear much more from this season's smash hit.' Belfast Telegraph
'Laird paces the story well, and shows his poetry roots with some arresting imagery.This is a debut with humour and a heart.' Marie Claire
'A sharp and funny debut.' Eve