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Publisher's Summary

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip is a modern tragedy set on a tiny copper-rich tropical island embattled by internal strife. After the trouble starts and the soldiers arrive on Matilda's island, there comes a time when all the white people have left. 

Only Mr Watts remains, and he wears a red nose and pulls his wife around on a trolley; the kids call him Popeye behind his back. But there is no one else to teach them their lessons and no books left to learn from - except for Mr Watts' battered copy of Great Expectations, 'by my friend Mr Dickens'.

As Mr Watts stands before the class and reads, Dickens' hero, Pip, starts to come alive in Matilda's imagination. Soon he has become as real to her as her own family, and the greatest friendship of her life has begun. But Matilda is not the only one who believes in Pip. And on an island at war, the power of the imagination can be a dangerously provocative thing.

A dazzling achievement, Mister Pip is a love song to the power of storytelling. It is about belonging and losing one's way, about love, grief and memory, and it shows how books can change our lives forever.

©2006 Lloyd Jones (P)2008 Recorded Books

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Wow, quite brutal!

Enjoyed listening to this story and it got better as we went through. Was quite disturbing towards the end, but that's what made it recommended.

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Approach this fine sensitive book so appropriately read with expectations and you will be rewarded greatly. Thanks Lloyd Jones

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I loved the book

Good story, I have to read the book for a school task so this has really helped me. Thank you.

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