A ghost story with a twist-a suspenseful and poignantly funny update of Hamlet, from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.
"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories." —Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods
A triumph of originality and humor, this clever novel by British author Matt Haig gives us Hamlet redux with an unforgettable voice all his own. When eleven-year-old Philip Noble is confronted by the ghost of his recently deceased father and asked to avenge his death, the boy finds himself in a thorny dilemma. Revenge, after all, is a tricky business-especially when Philip is already distracted by his girlfriend, school bullies, self-doubt, and all the other challenges of adolescence. Viewing the adult world through the eyes of a young boy, The Dead Fathers Club is a brilliant, quirky take on a classic tale.
About the Author
Matt Haig is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Midnight Library and the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive and the follow-up Notes on a Nervous Planet, along with six novels, including How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than forty languages.
"The Dead Fathers Club has much to recommend it. . . . It's ingenious."
"Captures a studied, Haddonesque naivete."
"full of funny moments" -- San Francisco Chronicle
"We now owe another debt to Shakespeare, and one to Haig, for re-imagining a tragic masterpiece with such wit, force, and-yes-originality."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Humorous and original."
-Daily Mail (London)
"An absolutely irresistible read."
-Booklist (starred review)
"Utterly engrossing" -- The Observor (London)
Praise for Matt Haig:
“A keen-eyed observer of contemporary life.” ―New York Times
“I can't describe how much his work means to me . . . The king of empathy.” ―JAMEELA JAMIL
“Love this man's books.” ―JODI PICOULT
“Haig is one of the most important writers of our time.” ―DOLLY ALDERTON
“Matt Haig is a writer for children and adults who is adept at digging into the human heart.” ―Sunday Times (London)
“Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.” ―NEIL GAIMAN
“Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin.” ―JEANETTE WINTERSON
“Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age.” ― Independent (London)
“Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life.” ―Guardian
“Matt Haig has a way of looking at life which will make you stop and think, and by the time you reach the last page, you will understand the world just that little bit better and feel a little more comfortable being in it.” ―JOANNA CANNON