Praise for Mister Pip
Rarely ... can any novel have combined charm, horror and uplift in quite such superabundance
'Lloyd Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction ... The experience of reading in this book is tangible ...This is a beautiful book. It is tender, multi-layered and redemptive'
Poignant and impressive
'Powerful and humane'
'It's clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff'
A worthy winner of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize
Haunting and morally complex
'Darker and more morally complex than it appears ... Lloyd Jones gives the tired post-colonial themes of self-reinvention and the reinterpretation of classic texts a fresh, ingenious twist but his real achievement is bringing life and depth to his characters'
'Jones proves sly, engaging, worth-reading and even re-reading'
'Cleverly encapsulating what it is to be an orphan, an immigrant or a person dispossessed of a regular beat of life, this extraordinary story...'
'Exotic locations add a dreamy quality to ... Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ... Jones' lyrical novel centres around a group of children in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, during the civil war in the Nineties'
'A novel that, with amplitude and ease, affirms the acts of reading and writing as precious pursuits, as acts of survival, escape, renewal'
A captivating read
'Magical and enchanting'
'Mister Pip is a traditional novel, but it also topical ... Regardless of who wins on October 16th. Mister Pip, through the simplicity and candour of Matilda's singular narrative voice, may prove the most difficult to forget'
'It's a wonderfully refreshing book which gives you much to think about long after finishing'