The Dead Fathers Club (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143112945, 328pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2008
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A ghost story with a twist-a suspenseful and poignantly funny update of Hamlet, from Matt Haig, the author of How To Stop Time.
"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories." --Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods
A triumph of originality and humor, this clever novel by British author Matt Haig gives us Hamlet
redux with an unforgettable voice all his own. When eleven-year-old Philip Noble is confronted by the ghost of his recently deceased father and asked to avenge his death, the boy finds himself in a thorny dilemma. Revenge, after all, is a tricky business-especially when Philip is already distracted by his girlfriend, school bullies, self-doubt, and all the other challenges of adolescence. Viewing the adult world through the eyes of a young boy, The Dead Fathers Club
is a brilliant, quirky take on a classic tale.
About the Author
Matt Haig is the internationally bestselling writer of six novels including the forthcoming How to Stop Time (on sale February 2018), several award-winning children's books, and one work of nonfiction, Reasons To Stay Alive. The Dead Fathers Club was his American debut, and his work has been translated into thirty languages.
Praise For The Dead Fathers Club…
"The Dead Fathers Club has much to recommend it. . . . It's ingenious."
"Captures a studied, Haddonesque naivete."
"We now owe another debt to Shakespeare, and one to Haig, for re-imagining a tragic masterpiece with such wit, force, and-yes-originality."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Humorous and original."
-Daily Mail (London)
"An absolutely irresistible read."
-Booklist (starred review)