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Mr Toppit Paperback – 30 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141038004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The plot's a cracker ... Elton has an arch wit, an engaging style and a sense of invention that recalls Jonathan Coe' Evening Standard 'Poignant and engaging' Mail on Sunday 'Narrated with wit and vigor. Elton is a brilliant observer' Vogue

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'An extraordinary debut. Dark, funny . . . jangly with secrets' Sunday Times

When Arthur Hayman, writer of The Hayseed Chronicles, dies a bizarre chain of events conspire to make his series of children's books world famous. But buried deep inside the books lie secrets that begin to shake the fragile Hayman family - Arthur's son, Luke, reluctantly immortalized as the young hero of the series, his daughter, Rachel, for whom the books are a hole through which her life has fallen, and his enigmatic wife Martha, who knows that secrets are best kept well-hidden.

For the rest of us, the Hayseed Chronicles are a fascinating mystery. And at their heart is the twisted, unknowable Mr Toppit, who will let neither Luke nor Rachel nor Martha out of his grasp . . .

'A cracker. Elton has an arch wit, an engaging style and a sense of invention that recalls Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up! . . . You are gripped' Evening Standard

'A masterly tale of quiet torment' Sunday Telegraph

'Painfully funny' Marie Claire

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