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A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil:
Charities, Hollywood, Joseph Kony, and Other Abominations

A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil
Charities, Hollywood, Joseph Kony, and Other Abominations

Jane Bussmann

When renegade British comedy writer Jane Bussmann found herself interviewing Hollywood celebrities for a day job, she fled to war-torn Uganda for a better life… and to seduce a sexy peacemaker. The result was this book, a brand new genre of hard-hitting comic investigation heralded by war correspondents and comedy titans alike.

ISBN: 978-0-9888798-4-3
$25.95 | 352 pp. | Hardcover

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From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
In this uproariously funny memoir-meets-travelogue, British comedy writer Bussmann (Worst Date Ever) chronicles her transition from celebrity gossip columnist to foreign news correspondent, driven by a hilariously misguided crush on a peace activist. She takes readers into Los Angeles’s “Golden Age of Stupid,” where she tries desperately to fail out of her day job by inventing celebrity interviews entirely until a threatened lawsuit from Ashton Kutcher leads to major changes. After interviewing former White House director of African affairs John Prendergast, Bussmann is compelled by his charm and the Kony story to “scam [her] way to Africa,” ultimately selling a piece to Britain’s Sunday Times. Arriving in Kampala, Bussmann is greeted by an abstinence-promoting billboard paid for by U.S. governmental aid, and stories of imprisoned journalists, and fraudulent elections. As she begins to investigate, Bussmann discovers Ugandan military sabotaging peace talks and turning a blind eye to an attack on a girls’ school, among other corruption. Bussmann’s razor-sharp wit and unapologetic narcissism may seem incongruous with the grim subject matter, but the dark humor provides an anchor of sanity to author and reader alike.

Praise for A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil

“Who knew war in Uganda could be hilarious as well as moving.” —Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times

“So funny you almost feel guilty laughing.” —Reuters

“This book will change your life. Must read at all costs. ★★★★★!” —Mirror

“Uproariously funny.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jane Bussmann’s blistering tale of life in Hollywood and near-death in Uganda is both horrifying and hilarious.” —Harper BarnesSt. Louis Post-Dispatch

“One of the funniest books I’ve read for a long while.” —Sunday Times Pick of the Week

“Most sneakily subversive medium for a heretically important message I’ve seen. Inappropriately f*cking hilarious and absolutely gut-wrenching. Must-read.” —BOOK South Africa

“Bussmann has invented a new genre—the agony/comedy. And it’s very, very funny.” —The Lady

“Marrying vociferous rage with humor. . . a marvelously maverick approach to the investigation of war crimes. ★★★★★!” —Marie Claire

“I found myself convulsed with sinus-clearning snorts of astonished laughter. . . this potty-mouthed, sarcastic, self-deprecating female journalist with no track record on Africa and a ludicriously inappropriate CV has succeeded where scores of doughty, better-qualified males routinely stumble.” —Michela WrongThe Spectator

“Cannot be recommended too highly; full of foul-mouthed vigor, insightful, scathing, savagely funny and ultimately heartbreaking. Buy, beg, steal or borrow this hilarious, angry book—but read it.” —The TimesSouth Africa

“That rarest of things. . . a comedy that is truly funny.” —The Guardian

“Angry and hilarious, this is a little classic.” —Standard Pick of the Year

“Very funny. Jane’s got a death wish.” —Matt Stone, South Park

About the Author

Jane Bussmann

Jane Bussmann has written for South Park and over 50 shows, including Britain’s legendary Daily Show antecedent Brass Eye, the most complained-about program in TV history. She performs the award-winning comedy show inspired by this book to sold-out audiences from Mombasa to New York.