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The Possession of Mr Cave by Matt Haig


The Possession of Mr Cave by Matt Haig

By the author of Reasons to Stay Alive Terence Cave, the intellectual owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother's suicide and his wife's murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family's golden girl, in love with her cello and her pony, and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world's malign forces, whatever that may take. But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter's movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction and, ultimately, murder.

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Haig has hit upon a good idea structuring this as an open letter * Metro * A compelling book; a page-turner in the best sense of the word, in that most suspense comes from character -- John Burnside * Guardian * Anyone who has experienced the loss of someone they love will try to relate to the tricks the mind can play as they try to make sense of what has happened. A story I couldn't put down * Essentials * A devastating portrait of one man's relentless self-destruction * The Times *

About the Author

Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Nottinghamshire. He has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in north Yorkshire. His writing has frequently appeared in the UK press. He is the author of The Last Family in England, a UK bestseller narrated by a Labrador, The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy and The Possession of Mr Cave. He has also written two children's novels, Shadow Forest, and its sequel The Runaway Troll.

Matt Haig on his teen novel, The Radleys:
"This is a story about growing up, first and foremost. About how we learn to come to terms with who we are, independent of the ideas our parents had for us. About how we decide our own identities. As well as what shapes those identities - who we choose to love, and hate, admire and fear. It is about how denying ourselves can sometimes be more dangerous than succumbing to tempation. This is the story I wanted to tell. I never set out to write a vampire story, but vampires were the obvious choice. After all, as family secrets go, you can't get much bigger than finding out you are actually a full-blown creature of the night. And hopefully it fits as a metaphor for teenage life. A life full of physical changes, forbidden cravings, and feelings of being an outsider. In that sense, we've probably all been vampires at some stage."

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Publication date

7th May 2009


Matt Haig

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


256 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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