V S. Naipaul&s first novel - funny, endlessly inventive and brilliantly imagined The Mystic Masseur traces the story of Ganesh who, at the beginning of the novel is a struggling masseur when, as the narrator puts it, &masseurs were ten a penny in Trinidad&. From failed primary school teacher and masseur to author, revered mystic and MBE, his is a journey memorable for its hilarious and bewildering success. Naipaul&s clarity of style, humorous touch and powerful characterisation are all in evidence in this first book. This is an ideal beginning to readers new to Naipaul&s writing. The Mystic Masseur is one of four backlist titles to be published by Picador to coincide with publication of Naipaul&s new novel Half a Life.