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Mr Chartwell-SIGNED FIRST IMPRESSION: Hunt, Rebecca


Hunt, Rebecca

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ISBN 10: 1905490690 / ISBN 13: 9781905490691
Editorial: Penguin Fig Tree, London, 2010
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Signature Firsts (Brecon, Reino Unido)

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Fine first impression in original laminated boards as issued. Solitary '1' on title page verso denotes first impression. Signed by the author to the title page, without inscription. With 'BBC Radio 4' sticker to upper board. As new and unread copy. N° de ref. de la librería 003206

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Editorial: Penguin Fig Tree, London

Año de publicación: 2010

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Edition

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It’s July 1964. In bed at home in Kent, Winston Churchill iswaking up. There’s a visitor in the room, someone he hasn’tseen for a while, a dark, mute bulk, watching him with torturedconcentration. It’s Mr. Chartwell.

In her terraced house in Battersea, Esther Hammerhans,young, vulnerable and alone, goes to answer the door to hernew lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the sizeof a mattress. It’s Mr. Chartwell.

Mr. Chartwell is a huge, black dog.

Mr. Chartwell is charismatic and dangerously seductive.Can Esther and Winston Churchill withstand his strange, powerfulcharms and strong hold as their lives are slowly drawntogether? In this utterly original, moving, funny and exuberantnovel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collideas Mr. Chartwell’s motives are revealed to be far darker anddeeper than they seem.


A Letter from Author Rebecca Hunt

© Angus Muir
The central premise of Mr. Chartwell is that Winston Churchill’s ‘black dog’ of depression is imagined as an independent character, free to walk, talk, and stalk others as he did with Churchill. The book follows the charismatic but menacing black dog--called Mr. Chartwell, but known as Black Pat by his closer acquaintances--as he weaves his devious influence into the lives of Churchill and Esther Hammerhans, a young widow. In different ways, both Esther and Churchill are approaching the end of deeply significant relationships, and the dog arrives to plague them as they face their challenges.

Depression is an intensely personal affliction, and I felt personifying it as Black Pat provided me with an opportunity to translate the emotions of the characters affected by his presence as dialogue, engaging them in conversation about their situations. It may be an unusual way to broach such a difficult topic, but I was immediately struck by the possibilities this opened up to me. There is no such thing as a definitive description of depression, I believe it varies with the individual, but I wanted to create a version of depression which was honest and true to my personal understanding of it. Using the dark and dynamic character of Mr. Chartwell gave me a vehicle to explore Churchill and Esther’s circumstances in greater detail, and in many ways, with a more accessible expression of the sensitivity I felt towards the subject and characters.

I was also struck by how perfectly the ‘black dog’ description can be used to capture the nature of depression. It takes the typical characteristics of a dog--the loyalty and attachment, along with the predatory and instinctual aspects--and converts them into something corruptive. This dog takes the image of man’s best friend and reverses it, becoming a jealously devoted companion who works against you from within you. However, for all this, Mr Chartwell isn’t just a book about depression. It is equally about redemption, courage and love. And, for me, it is predominantly and most importantly about hope.

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