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Sometimes a person passes through your world and you don’t forget them.

She is like that.

She is crossing continents, searching for her missing child.

Everyone she comes into contact with has a tale to tell: the truck driver who mistook her for a prostitute, the hunters who almost shot her, the Frenchman who loved her, the blind man and the lodger.

This is her story.


Compelling . . . vivid . . . intense . . . one of the most significant novelists writing today
Sunday Times
Humane and moving, it's a worthy successor to Jones's last novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mister Pip
Daily Mail
Artfully constructed and delicately nuanced . . . Hand Me Down World has an eerie compulsion
D J Taylor, Financial Times
Everyone will want to read Hand Me Down World and few will be able to stop thinking about it after they do
Irish Independent
The novel's readability belies its great depth . . . Jones's novel is haunting to the very final line
Sunday Telegraph
This is, to make a bold claim, an extraordinary novel . . . Jones is a daring writer who can be relied on to ignore expectation, and is becoming one of the most interesting, honest and thought-provoking novelists working today
Joanna Briscoe, Guardian
'A haunting tale of a mother's search for her only child'
The Times
Gripping . . . Jones subtly dramatises this crucial ethical dilemma with strong characters. Vulnerable and abused, the woman holds the reader's sympathy yet repays almost every kindness with theft and betrayal. Jones artfully builds these contradictory impulses into richly textured layers to create a compelling narrative and an absorbing disquisition on relative morality and justice
'A startling novel'