Philip Hensher Scenes from Early Life

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Scenes from Early Life

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The startling new novel from the author of King of the Badgers and the Man Booker-shortlisted The Northern Clemency.

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‘An unostentatious tour de force, combining a tender and richly affectionate family memoir with a vividly evoked portrait of town and country life and the story of the birth of a nation. It is full of surprises’ Margaret Drabble

‘Beautifully packed with detail ... does for Bangladesh what Salmon Rushdie did for India with Midnight’s Children ... It is a remarkable re-creation of a land that most of us know little about’ Sunday Times

‘This is his most purely pleasurable novel to date’ Daily Mail

‘Highly impressive ... for all Hensher's accomplished ventriloquism – his ability to inhabit the voice of a Muslim child and a history teacher at the same time – his own voice is not lost ... heart-breaking’ Guardian

‘A deeply interesting book ... The joins are seamless ... It is inventive, clever and loving; a Booker candidate, I would have thought.’ Spectator

‘...this delightful book shows for the first time what Hensher has largely concealed in the past: his heart’ Amanda Craig, Independent on Sunday

About the Author:

Philip Hensher is a columnist for the Independent, arts critic for the Spectator and a Granta Best of Young British novelist. He has written seven novels, including The Mulberry Empire and the Booker-shortlisted The Northern Clemency, and one collection of short stories. He lives in South London.

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