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The Dead Fathers Club

by Matt Haig

The Dead Fathers Club
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    Feb 2007, 336 pages
    Dec 2007, 336 pages

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'We now owe another debt to Shakespeare, and one to Haig, for re-imagining a tragic masterpiece with such wit, force and - yes - originality.' - Kirkus Reviews

Philip's dad, the former-publican of the Castle pub in Newark-on-Trent, is dead and his Uncle Alan is making moves on his mother. To make matters worse, his dead father, who hangs out with other murdered dads in the parking lot behind the pub, tells Philip that he was murdered by Uncle Alan, and Philip must avenge his death before his father's birthday or the latter will spend the rest of eternity in "The Terrors".

Shakespeare aficionados will have fun recognizing Haig's modern-day counterparts to the Bard's creations, but Haig's work lives and breaths in its own right with freely imagined characters whose lives and destinies are controlled by their own personalities and the setting. After all, it goes without saying that a story revolving around an 11-year-old living in the North of England in the present...

About the Author: Matt Haig's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The Dead Fathers Club is his American debut but his second published novel following The Last Family in England (2004), a reworking of Henry IV, Part I from the point of view of a black Labrador named Prince.

Shadow Forest, his first book for children, was published in the UK in May 2007; and in the USA as Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest in June 2007.

His next book for "grown-ups will be The Possession of Mr Cave in May 2008, to be followed by a children's novel called The Runaway Troll.

He now lives in ...

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