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Mouse and the Cossacks by Paul Wilson
  

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A charming and enchanting story narrated by an 11 year old girl, Mouse, who can’t speak but still has plenty to say. Moving into a rented house with her mum after her parents split up, Mouse becomes obsessed with the story of the previous occupant and his tragic war time experience as a young man. As Mouse discovers more, we learn more about her, her dead brother and the awful thing that happened when she was six to stop her talking. It is beautiful and sad, but ultimately full of hope.

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Mouse and the Cossacks by Paul Wilson

Without a voice since the age of six, she is trying to work things out about the world. She and her mother have moved into a rented Pennine farmhouse in which reminders of the man who lived there previously, William Crosby, lie all around her. Fighting to hold the outside world at bay, Mouse becomes increasingly drawn to William, a man who seems to have been haunted by secrets throughout the long life he spent in this house. As Mouse's investigations lead her towards some of the people who knew him, she unearths a collection of letters about William's experience in Europe as a young officer in the chaotic final weeks of World War II. But why, as Mouse begins to uncover the mysteries of William's past life, is she so keen to eliminate all traces of her own?

Reviews

Two lives, two ages, two secrets cleverly and touchingly braided together by a writer of true merit and humanity -- Jim Crace

Striking ... Betrayals and the truths behind them are at the heart of this powerful book -- Jane Housham Guardian

Moving and beautifully crafted -- David Evans Financial Times

About the Author

Paul Wilson is a winner of the Portico Prize for Literature for Do White Whales Sing at the Edge of the World? His previous novel, The Visiting Angel, was shortlisted for the 2011-12 Portico Fiction Prize. He has worked in a range of social care settings and is Vice Chairman of the British Association for Supported Employment. He lives in Lancashire.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Paul Wilson

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Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781781252048

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