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Summary

From the number one Sunday Times best-selling author.

Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband's brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip's life crumble away when his father's ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him.

Arming himself with weapons from the school chemistry cupboard, Philip vows to carry out the ghost's relentless demands for revenge. But can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living?

©2007 Matt Haig (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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Brilliant descriptions of child's inner states

I learned a lot from this book, about how to describe to others, what I am feeling and what is going on inside me; something I have always found difficult as I am quite introvert. It has helped me to believe that there really IS a language of expressive self-articulation for people like me, who are deep feeling, very empathetic and yet often unable to communicate that fact - kind of 'locked in', I suppose.
I freely give to Matt Haig my sincere gratitude and I wish him success, prosperity and wellness in his life.

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Doesn’t let straying into the dark disrupt from searching for the light

Hamlet for children may seem like a tragic mix. What Matt Haig manages is allowing some hope into the narrative without lessening its pain, meaning or beauty. That is its magic.

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Not Haig's best

It was ok, I listened to it on my walking commute to work and whilst running and it passed the time. It's well put together and has a realistic, but, possibly for this reason, unlikeable protagonist. I was happy enough to listen all the way through and it was well performed but I wouldn't go back to this book as I will all other Matt Haig books

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Did not enjoy

The premise sounded really interesting but unfortunately the endless repetition of 'and he said' 'and I said' 'and he said' 'and I said' made it almost unbearable to listen to, especially in the droning monotone of the narrator.

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Feels like a teenage read

The narrator did a grand job but I did feel like the book was aimed at a teenager. I do think this would make a good play though.

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Just brilliant!

What a unique way to tell a story of the loss of a child's father. Told from the child's point of view, missing his father, and his mother marrying his father's brother within 3 months. Great story, and very ell narrated.

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Rubbish

Do not waste your time! Absolutely terrible. Pointless book with no end. Had the rewind it incase I missed the ending?!?!!

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As with all Matt Hangs books thought provoking

Unusual story looking in to the mind of a young bereaved boy. How he copes with his father's death and the things he imagined and how he reacts. Thought provoking read.I

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narration was a joy

a great book and the narration lifted it even higher, really enjoyed it from start to finish

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It lasted two days.

At first I thought, no, probably a kids story, but the more I listened, the more I liked it; then it was over all too quickly.
Mr Haig has this annoying habit of just getting it right. It will suit a younger audience, and it will suit a more mature audience. It's entertaining, has twists, good characters, good plot and, well, good everything.
Ultimately, a story well told always works, irrespective of age.