Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
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July 1964. Chartwell House, Kent: Winston Churchill wakes at dawn. There’s a dark, mute “presence” in the room that focuses on him with rapt concentration.

It’s Mr. Chartwell.

Soon after, in London, Esther Hammerhans, a librarian at the House of Commons, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the size of a mattress.

It’s Mr. Chartwell.

Charismatic, dangerously seductive, Mr. Chartwell unites the eminent statesman at the end of his career and the vulnerable young woman. But can they withstand Mr. Chartwell’s strange, powerful charms and his stranglehold on their lives? Can they even explain who or what he is and why he has come to visit?

In this utterly original, moving, funny, and exuberant novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr. Chartwell’s motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they at first seem.


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About Rebecca Hunt

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Rebecca Hunt graduated from Central Saint Martins College with a degree in fine art. She lives and works in London. Mr. Chartwell is her first novel.
 
Published February 8, 2011 by The Dial Press. 258 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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“Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill’s mouth was pursed as if he had a slice of lemon hidden in there.”

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The New York Times

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Rebecca Hunt’s humorous and amiable debut novel involves Winston Churchill, depression and a talking dog.

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The Guardian

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Extract: Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed.

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The Guardian

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Originally published in Canada in 2004, and made into a film four years later, it's narrated by several people: Keith, a young man who comes to believe that "the world wants you on your feet 'cause the world is cold";

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The Guardian

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The novel is crammed with such idiosyncrasies, sometimes to the point of bursting, and Hunt, who like many first-time authors is transparently in love with language, could have done with a more rigorous editor to purge the novel of its excesses.

Oct 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chartwell: A Novel

Star Tribune

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Winston Churchill's famous "black dog of depression" shows up at the home of a young widow and proceeds to ingratiate himself into her life.

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The Washington Times

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Perhaps you remember the scene in the 1990 film "Ghost" in which Patrick Swayze's character, a ghost, torments Whoopi Goldberg's character, the only living person who can hear him, by singing "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" over and over and over again?

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chartwell: A Novel

The Star

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Churchill’s wily black dog, depression, attempts to seduce a meek librarian

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The Telegraph

How many writers would describe a sunset with the line: “light .

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Express

We see Black Pat working on his new landlady Esther, a newlywidowed library clerk at the House of Commons, as well as Churchill himself, a veteran of black dog's suffering.

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Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chartwell: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

In Hunt's allegorical debut, set in 1964, Churchill's depression takes on the form of Mr. Chartwell, aka Black Pat, an enormous, drooling, smelly canine.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chartwell: A Novel

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personifying depression as a giant, black, talking dog named “Mr. Chartwell,” or “Black Pat.” When Esther, a conservative, rather average woman, puts out an ad for a lodger, she in no way expects to be confronted with Black Pat, who, despite his sometimes comical drunken entrances, witty riddles,...

Aug 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chartwell: A Novel

Metro

Book review: Rebecca Hunt’s debut novel, Mr Chartwell, is about courage in the face of mental illness – heavy themes that are treated with a light touch.

Sep 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chartwell: A Novel

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As Esther discovers, Mr Chartwell is in many ways .

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