King of the Badgers (2020)

King of the Badgers Philip Hensher King of the Badgers A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for One of The Telegraph s Best Fiction Books Far from London s crime and pollution Hanmouth s wealthier residents live in picturesque heavily mortgage
  • Title: King of the Badgers
  • Author: Philip Hensher
  • ISBN: 9780865478633
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
King of the Badgers Philip Hensher A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011One of The Telegraph s Best Fiction Books 2011Far 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 housA Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011One of The Telegraph s Best Fiction Books 2011Far 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 cameras are needed As it turns out, 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.
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  1. Richard

    Picturesque Hinmouth lies on an estuary in the southwest of England, and is close to Barnstaple University These are obvious stand ins for Exmouth Exeter and the University of Exeter where Philip Hensher teaches English , and he surveys the lay of the social land with an intimate, brilliantly detailed eye What happens to the snobs, yobs, busy bodies, have nots and ne er do wells of Hinmouth and its suburban hinterland when a little girl goes missing and her unappealing family s story doesn t add [...]

  2. David

    I bought and read this last November, as a kind of antidote to Julian Barnes s The Sense of an Ending The thin gruel of that effort, with its dull, forgettable main protagonist left me with an appetite for a real story, with characters that would actually engage the reader s interest And yes, stretching this tortured metaphor a little farther, Hensher s book satisfied my craving it s a hearty beef stew or maybe a bouillabaisse , with a large cast of characters, satisfyingly complex plotting, wri [...]

  3. Bettie☯

    Dedication ToTheGang bertieand J.Bd Samand Ritaand Ralfand Juliaand Yusefanf Jimmyand renaudand Richardand Alan againand Lapin againand Professor Aand Dickie Heat Hotand not forgetting Nix Hi Nicola and Mrs Blaikie with love from Rufus and Herbert who said it s all quite laconic oncebut especially and always and once for my husbandand really just to say to all of them and probably some others tooWhatFunIt sAllBeen GR does not allow center command, so I have to point out that this dedication for [...]

  4. David

    Oh my gosh, I loved this book It was so much fun.At first, the tone of the narrator was off putting It was a bit like the voice of David Starkey in his Moral Maze incarnation snobby, cruel, posh, bullying, self satisfied, a bit poisonous But, I quickly got over that There is so much in this novel It s so BIG It s like a cathedral or a Hollywood blockbuster You think, how can one person have written all this It must surely have been created by a team Alternatively, Hensher must have put everythin [...]

  5. Larraine

    To say that King of the Badgers is a strange book, is putting it mildly I learned about the book by accident while reading the status of one of my favorite authors She said that Hensher had made a disparaging statement about thrillers I guess it s a matter of taste I like a good crime novel myself, but I do like to indulge in good literature also This book was strange but so well written, I couldn t put it down Hensher doesn t like all of the CCTV cameras that are all over Britain I confess I wo [...]

  6. David Gee

    After his Sheffield saga THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY, Philip Hensher relocates to a small select township on the Bristol Channel with KING OF THE BADGERS where does he get these weird titles from I m sure many readers will take a guess at where Hanmouth is meant to be.The book begins with the disappearance of an 8 year old girl from the council estate on the outskirts The case seems to fizzle out until a surprise discovery much later in the story What Hensher concentrates on is giving a picture of the [...]

  7. Andrew Rumbles

    Hanmouth, Devon is an English village where the town s inhabitants are happily living their daily lives In the interests of civic safety they have agreed to install CCTV As the story unfolds we also see their lives from the inside and all is not what it always appears to be Why is Sylvie making collages out of penises cut from magazines Why is the Brigadier s wife always so chipper What makes the new couple in town think they will fit in Will their son enjoy his visit and who is his new friend D [...]

  8. Helen Woods

    I absolutely loved this book I like everything Hensher has written but I enjoyed this book probably the most He is a snob but his snobbery is a scattergun affair no one is safe the smug, the rich, the poor, the dull and the eccentric all get a sharp seeing to before he marches on to have a go at someone else.The story is about a town, which is on the face of it, a perfect English seaside town but literally no one is as they seem I particularly like the way the writer is quite savage with a chara [...]

  9. Felice

    The new novel by Philip Hensher, King of the Badgers, is an ambitious state of the nation novel It is a sometimes entertaining, sometimes horrifying dissection of a community It satirizes, illuminates and exposes current manners and mindsets in Great Britain Taking apart middle class snobbery and pretensions is not a new endeavor for Hensher In a terrific earlier novel, The NorthernClemency he did the same thing on a much smaller scale and in a historical context The distance that history provid [...]

  10. Paul

    Here s what I had to say about an earlier Philip Henscher novel, The Northern Clemency One of the engaging novels I ve read recently, what appears at first glance to be a gentle, modest story about middle class British family life reveals itself to be a multi generational saga spanning two decades in short, a novel about everything that s important, told with penetrating insight, brutal honesty, and wry humor King of the Badgers is anything but gentle It stretches the concept of family life to [...]

  11. Gerhard

    This novel is one of those guilty pleasures one is reluctant to admitting how much you enjoyed it, as Philip Hensher spares no sacred cows, pieties, scruples or morals in this often grotesque and lurid, but extremely funny, skewering of middle class society Even the reader has his or her pretensions examined ruthlessly at one point and found to be sorely wanting, of course, as is everyone else under Hensher s ferociously intelligent gaze.In the fictional English town of Hanmouth, on the Bristol [...]

  12. Kelly Robinson

    Badger writes a cutting social commentary in his latest novel, King of the Badgers, about a small picturesque village in Southwest England, Hanmouth, and its inhabitants While the story revolves around the townspeople during the disappearance of a small girl from the public housing in the outskirts of town, this is not a mystery Rather, the girl s disappearance acts as a tool for Hensher to dissect the lives of the townspeople all of whom have great faults whether it is the selfishness and drug [...]

  13. Felicity

    Phillip Hensher has done it again, although thank goodness in around two to three hundred less pages than last time not that I didn t mind all the pages last time, but I do appreciate his economy this time around.Once I started this book, I bunkered down for the weekend with a steady supply of peppermint tea and plenty of delicious baked goods Curling up with this book was time to treasure.The novel opens with the story of a missing eight year old girl, China, in the town of Hanmouth somewhere i [...]

  14. Richard Moss

    I am a big fan of Philip Hensher s work, but initially I found King of the Badgers hard going.For the first hundred pages or so, he seems to have almost complete contempt for his characters This is a social satire of a small English town, so you d expect some tang of acid, but this was initially too unforgiving.Although mostly we are in middle class fictional Devon town of Handsmouth, there is a focus in the first section on a family from a poor satellite estate who s eight year old daughter has [...]

  15. Simon

    Though the book is ostensibly about a child abduction, Hensher s main theme in King of the Badgers is the distinction between public and private This isn t, however, a simple screed about the proliferation of security cameras and the culture of surveillance in modern Britain Instead, Hensher does a brilliant job of showing you the complicated interplay between his characters public and private lives, between their inner thoughts and their outer performances, between their selves and their roles, [...]

  16. Sherry Chiger

    If you cannot enjoy a book without liking or empathizing with the main characters, give King of the Badgers a miss Few of the characters and there are many are people you d willingly hang out with than a few you d go out of your way to avoid Along the same lines, if you prefer a conventional structure to your novels, you probably won t like this one The books starts out as is it s about a young girl s disappearance, but then the story line is all but dropped though we do at least find out what [...]

  17. Jennifer

    Like many a 19th century British novel, King of the Badgers opens with a detailed description of a town, in this case Hanmouth, a pretty coastal spot near the Bristol Channel That all seeing narrator s eye sees quite a bit , actually, than the closed circuit security cameras that a public safety committee has arranged to scan the picturesque streets On the one hand, King of the Badgers is a classic story of a crime that takes place amid a varied cast of Hanmouth residents On the other, it is a s [...]

  18. Cate

    This is a good thought provoking book Set in a small town in Devon where a young girl goes missing from a nearby Council Estate The disappearance of the child is not the focus of the story but provides a backdrop to some excellent character studies as the town goes about it s business with this event swirling around in the background much like real life Great writing with some quite poignant interactions between characters and some quite confronting ones Teenager Hettie with her creepy doll coll [...]

  19. Yellowoasis

    I loved this book One review of it said that it set out to skewer almost every facet of British life, to which I d respond, You say that like it s a bad thing It was delicious, full of ordinarily eccentric and eccentrically ordinary characters, not many of them nice, many of them nasty, and almost all of them with something to hide.Few of the characters were endearing, but they were people I wanted to believe actually exist behind the lace curtains of your average British town or village Even St [...]

  20. Shawn

    Wonderfully written, especially the conversations, but so much less a novel than The Northern Clemency The title is something of a mystery, although I m sure the explanation in the Washington Post s review is correct The title King of the Badgers comes from a 1965 children s book by J.P Martin, Uncle Cleans Up, that offers the same distinctly British kind of satire savage, with a soupcon of tenderness In the kind of pun that Hensher favors, badger is also slang for a cruel person Hensher, as cre [...]

  21. Arna

    An interesting look at contemporary English society the tyranny of silence and issues of privacy By examining stereotypes, he author manages to convey that while we are increasingly observed, there is just as much that we still don t know about our communities and where do we say that enough is enough What appears to start as a crime thriller mystery veers quickly off into a social commentary, with the crime s resolution not really being pivotal to the denouement at all Very few of the character [...]

  22. Beth

    I really wanted to like this book because I had loved lent out Northern Clemency very much, but I really hated it Philip Henscher has s very readable style, but the snide and mocking way he describes his characters is so unpleasant, it makes the book almost unreadable The characters are all extreme stereotypes with every character conniving lying to each other, with the exception of Billa who is herself a stereotype of an old fashioned but liberal woman Deeply unpleasant book that I am so glad t [...]

  23. Sara

    This novel begins with the story of a missing 8 yr old girl, China I kind of expected the book to continue with this theme However, it focused on the loves and lives of the other residents in the British town of Hanmouth just referring to the missing girl from time to time.Most of the residents appeared to have something to hide and there seemed to be a lot of gay love happening It took a while to get into, but just got better and better.

  24. Catherine Siemann

    Centering around the kidnapping of a young girl from a council estate on the outskirts of a picturesque Devon village, this novel deals with issues of class, gender, and belonging Hensher excels at creating characters and drawing us into their lives the novel suffers somewhat from jumping from set to set of characters, not returning to resolve certain plotlines.

  25. Gareth Evans

    Always entertaining, this book reads like a few weeks of a soap opera Ambridge sur mer with bigger and explicit roles for Adam and Ian It is true that s couple of the major plots are resolved, but so much is left hanging that I feel I should tune in for next week s episode This would be no bad thing, it s great fun.

  26. Kris Fernandez-everett

    I enjoyed the book, even if the ending a bit weak and the John Calvin character than a little heavy handed All in all, a very interesting, black comedic take on life under the watchful eye of CCTV Big Brother

  27. Joanma

    I really enjoyed this book It s not one of the most amazing stories ever written, but Philip Hensher s writting is brilliant, absolutely entertaining and fun I will definitely read of his books

  28. Trish

    Another home run from incredible talent Philip Hensher The way he shifts perspectives and incorporates characters and storylines is stunning, yet simple and comfortable A book you can happily sink into Highly recommended.

  29. Susan Zinner

    Liked this a lot biting wit and sarcasm reminded me of Evelyn Waugh This was a close examination of the class system in the U.K and was critical of certain laws violating individual privacy rights Better than The Northern Clemency in my opinion

  30. Linden

    A dense and entertaining read The story of an English village with many characters and many secrets also many CCTV cameras Really a satire on English society.

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