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A boy watches his mother hooked and reeled ashore by a fisherman.

A couple give up their seats on a bus for lovers soon to be parted.

A husband enters a world imagined by his wife and pretends to be the man she loves.

The Man in the Shed is a haunting collection of stories about family, love and longing. These extraordinary tales take conventional life and tilt it sideways, delivering a memorable blend of the real and the surreal.


'Jones moves fluently from small incidents to large emotions, transforming the mundane . . . the attentive care for minute particulars is found on page after page . . . People who might otherwise seem unremarkable are realised on the page and in our imagination, with all their affection, anger and puzzlement'
Sunday Times
Crackles with originality, startling images and lucidity
Praise for Mister Pip
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'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
'It's clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff... Being a truthful writer, Jones sees nothing neither his heroes nor his villains in black and white. His is a bold inquiry into the way that we construct and repair our communities, and ourselves, with stories old and new'
The Times
'In this dazzling story-within-a-story, Jones has created a microcosm of post-colonial literature, hybridising the narratives of back and white races to create a new and resonant fable ... There is a fittingly dreamy lyrical quality to Jones's writing, along with an acute ear for the earthly harmonies of village speech ... Mister Pip is the first of Jones's six novels to have travelled from his native New Zealand to the UK. It is so hoped that it won't be the last'
Praise for Hand Me Down World
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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