King of the Badgers

King of the Badgers

by Philip Hensher
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King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher

A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011

One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books 2011

Far from London's crime and pollution, Hanmouth's wealthier residents live in picturesque, heavily mortgaged cottages in the center of a town packed with artisanal cheese shops and antiques stores. They're reminded of the town's less desirable outskirts—with their grim, flimsy housing stock and chain stores—only when their neighbors have the presumption to claim also to live in Hanmouth.

When an eight-year-old girl from the outer area goes missing, England's eyes suddenly turn toward the sleepy town with a curiosity as piercing and unblinking as the closed-circuit security cameras that line Hanmouth's idyllic streets. But somehow these cameras have missed the abduction of the girl, whose name is China. Is her blank-eyed hairdresser mother hiding her as part of a moneymaking hoax? Has she been abducted by one of the lurking perverts the townspeople imagine the cameras are protecting them from? Perhaps more cameras are needed?

As it turns out, more than one resident of Hanmouth has a secret hidden behind closed doors. There's Sam and Harry, the cheesemonger and aristocrat who lead the county's gay orgies. The quiet husband of postcolonial theorist Miranda (everyone agrees she's marvelous) keeps a male lover, while their daughter disembowels dolls she's named Child Pornography and Slightly Jewish. Moral crusader John Calvin's Neighborhood Watch has an unusual reason for holding its meetings in secret. And, of course, somewhere out there is the house where little China is hidden.

With the dark hilarity and unflinching honesty of a modern-day Middlemarch, King of the Badgers demolishes the already fragile privacy of Hanmouth's inhabitants. These characters, exquisitely drawn and rawly human, proclaim Philip Hensher's status as an extraordinary chronicler of the domestic, and one of the world's most dazzling and ambitious novelists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429967198
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 644 KB

About the Author


Philip Hensher is a British novelist, critic, and journalist. He writes for The Guardian and The Independent and teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter. His sixth novel, The Northern Clemency, was short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

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King of the Badgers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Loved the town & most of the people. There were a few stories I would have liked to have read a little more of. China??? Some books, as I'm reading, I will skim some of the more "wordy" parts. Not this one. All in all an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Badger res.2