Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010.
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2010.
A House of Commons library clerk, Esther Hammerhans and Winston Churchill find themselves linked by the man-sized Labrador, Mr Chartwell, who is lodging with Esther. Mr Chartwell himself is a play on the period in Churchill’s life where he referred to his depression as his ‘black dog’ and this is an amusing and original tale.
It's July, 1964. In bed at home in Kent, Winston Churchill is waking up. There's a visitor in the room, someone he hasn't seen for a while, a dark, mute bulk, watching him with tortured concentration. It's Mr. Chartwell. In her terraced house in Battersea, Esther Hammerhans, young, vulnerable and alone, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the size of a mattress. It's Mr. Chartwell. He is charismatic and dangerously seductive, and Esther and Winston Churchill are drawn together by his dark influence. But can they withstand Mr. Chartwell's strange, powerful charms and strong hold? Can they even explain to anyone who or what he is? Or why he has come to visit? For Mr. Chartwell is a huge, black dog. In this utterly original, moving, funny and exuberant novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr. Chartwell's motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they seem.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
Publication date: 07/10/2010
Publisher: Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th October 2010|
|Publisher:||Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
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Rebecca Hunt graduated from Central Saint Martins College with a first class honours degree in fine art. She lives and works in London. Mr Chartwell is her first novel.More About Rebecca Hunt