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A multi-layered story of the search for a lost child from the internationally bestselling author of Mister Pip.

This is a story about a woman.

And the truck driver who mistook her for a prostitute. The old man she robbed and the hunters who smuggled her across the border. The woman whose name she stole, the wife who turned a blind eye. This is the story of a mother searching for her child.

This is a novel you cannot stop thinking about.

(P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


Praise for Mister Pip
Rarely ... can any novel have combined charm, horror and uplift in quite such superabundance
D. J. Taylor, Independent
'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'
Sunday Times
Poignant and impressive
Times Literary Supplement
New Statesman
'Powerful and humane'
Financial Times
'It's clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff'
The Times
A worthy winner of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize
Daily Mail
Haunting and morally complex
Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times
'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'
Sunday Telegraph
'Jones proves sly, engaging, worth-reading and even re-reading'
London Review of Books
'Cleverly encapsulating what it is to be an orphan, an immigrant or a person dispossessed of a regular beat of life, this extraordinary story...'
Good Housekeeping
'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
Metro London
'Magical and enchanting'
Woman Magazine
'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'
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
'It's a wonderfully refreshing book which gives you much to think about long after finishing'