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The Paperchase

Marcel Theroux

The Paperchase by Marcel Theroux, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2002.

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Winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award

Damien March is a disconsolate journalist working the nightshift at the BBC in London. He hasn’t thought of his eccentric uncle for twenty years and so is shocked when he learns that he has inherited his uncle’s ramshackle house on an isolated island off the coast of Cape Cod.

Without a relationship compelling enough to keep him in his humdrum life, Damien decides to take off to the Cape.

But his new future means confronting his family’s past. And when he discovers a fragment of an unpublished mystery novel, the parallels with his uncle’s life quickly become disconcerting and sinister . . .

Critic Reviews

Exquisitely calculated...very satisfying.

John Lanchester
Critic Reviews

A smartly written, atmospheric novel.

Critic Reviews

An engaging mystery and an illuminating story about family secrets and identity.

The Times

Marcel Theroux is the author of four previous novels, A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase, winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award, and Far North which was short-listed for the America’s prestigious National Book Award. He lives in London.

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