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Lucy Minor is bored and unmotivated. There is nothing for him in the town of Bury where he has grown up and lived his entire life. After the sudden death of his father Lucy takes the position of assistant to the majordomo of Castle Von Aux. Upon arrival by train Lucy discovers that all is not as it seems. The castle is almost run down. Its former staff of twenty is now two (three with Lucy). Its Baroness has  run off and its Baron has possibly gone mad. As Lucy settles into to his new daily tasks he begins to explore the castle and its nearby village where he discovers amongst its inhabitants thieves, soldiers, murderers, love and a very large hole (in that order). And when all these come together (combined with heartbreak) Lucy finds he is no longer bored and has all the motivation in the world.

This was an absolute pleasure to read. Thoughtful, clever, playful and inventive Patrick deWitt captures you from the opening pages and sucks you into this surreal, absurdist world of small wars, Barons, Dukes & Counts and very large holes. If you loved The Sisters Brothers this is going to blow your mind. A wonderful, thrillingly original novel from an author whose work is like no other.

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ISBN: 9781847088697 ISBN-10: 1847088694 Classification: Fiction & related items » Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (216mm x 135mm x 22mm) Pages: 304 Imprint: Granta Books Publisher: Granta Books Publish Date: 3-Sep-2015 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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