King of the Badgers, Paperback Book
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The new novel from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of `The Northern Clemency'.Hanmouth: a quiet, picturesque English seaside town.

But behind closed, Georgian front doors and the within the artisan cheese shop, its residents live lives that are anything but.When an 8-year-old girl goes missing from the estate on the fringes of the town, Hanmouth becomes the centre of national attention.

Under the scrutiny of the investigation the extraordinary individual lives of the community are laid bare: the passions of a quiet international aid worker; a recently widowed old woman's late discovery of sexual gratification; and a memorable party, held by the Bears.Through the apparent civility and spiralling paranoia a small town, Philip Hensher brings us another brilliantly funny and perfectly observed slice of contemporary English life.


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The story begins in the supposedly quiet town of Hanmouth, with the disappearance of a young girl. What goes on to unfold about the lives of the inhabitants reveals that, behind closed doors, their lives are anything but!There are some good stories in this book, but it is rather disjointed and difficult to follow, the only connection between the characters that they all live in this town.

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