Hide & Seek
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Hide & Seek

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A compelling, exuberant story of love, loss and survival, Hide & Seek is a startling debut that will make you cry and laugh out loud.'The grown-ups held an inquiry into how a child came to disappear, but they didn't name names like they do when children let grown-ups down. They talked about a catalogue of errors as if mistakes were something that turned up in the post and got paid for at leisure. I had my own ideas . . . ' Meet Harry Pickles, aged nine and a bit. Harry is the fastest boy runner in the world (probably), first son of Mo and Pa (the best-looking parents in the school car park), big brother to Daniel (who runs like a girl but is, in his own twerpy way, a star). His life is good. He's premier league. At least, that's the way it was before the school trip . . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 237 x 18mm | 282g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1920885706
  • 9781920885700

Review quote

'Sambrook creates a symphony with one small instrument.' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'This is a great book, a brilliantly written account of what happens to a family after a child goes missing, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old...His voice is so thoroughly convincing your own inner nine-year-old comes back to read with you. The result is heartbreaking and funny...wonderful.' * Herald Sun * `This is a well-crafted, sometimes surreal exploration of loss, grief and slow recovery.' * Financial Times Magazine * 'This is painful, compelling yet soetimes humorous book...a vivid and brave attempt to bring life to a deeply unsettling subject.' * Literary Review UK * 'Compelling' * Kirkus Reviews * 'Hide & Seek doesn't traffic either in cheap thrills or in fashionable literary effects. By resisting these powerful temptations...Sambrook shows she's a writer who can be trusted.' * New York Times * 'In this there are echoes of Ian McEwan's A Child in Time, but Hide and Seek touches lightly on a number of reference points. It wears its politics lightly too, so that the effect is both a complex and detailed interior life and a social world that scarcely cares to notice the damage.' * Age *show more

About Clare Sambrook

Hide & Seek is Clare Sambrook's first novel, and has already been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Cumbria, where she is working on her next book.show more