Wonderful is a comic fantasy telling the story of George Frederick Bailey, and his Guardian Demon, Hammersmith.
George Bailey wants to die.
He’s opened a vein, put his head in the oven, eaten rat poison vol-au-vents swilled down with bleach. He’s swum with the sharks and bathed with the toasters. He’s shot himself in the head with staple guns, starter pistols and, over the course of a very long weekend in Ripon, with a reproduction civil war cannon. He has thrown himself, with varying degrees of success, under trains, buses, one particularly ill-advised light aircraft and the eager-to-please boots of a philosophical symposium of football enthusiasts. He’s even jumped into the Thames while taped into a couple of black plastic bags, with his pockets full of stones and a freezer bag strung around his neck, with a message inside that reads “Mind your own business!”
George Bailey really wants to die.
Hell is having none of it. Hell has plans of its own for George Frederick Bailey, which is why it’s sent Hammersmith to stop him from dying. He’s been trying for 80 years now.
When Hammersmith gets landed with the extra job of taking care of a rogue angel with more power than she knows what to do with and an unreconstructed attitude to smiting, Hammersmith, Bailey and Hark (the original Joyful Noise) unwittingly unleash a chain of events that leads inexorably to rioting on the streets of Heaven, chicanery on the streets of Hell (which is like rioting, only sneakier), and, of course, the Apocalypse. Can one angel, one demon and one suicidal human stand against the forces of prophecy?
Can they show the universe itself what life would be like without it there? Can they persuade the world that contrary to all appearances, it’s a wonderful life?