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King of the Badgers

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      King of the Badgers
Philip Hensher

After the success of The Northern Clemency, shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, Philip Hensher brings us another slice of contemporary life, this time the peaceful civility and spiralling paranoia of a small English town.After the success of The Mulberry Empire and The Northern Clemency, which was short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, Philip Hensher brings us the peaceful civility and spiralling paranoia of the small English town of Handsmouth.Usually a quiet and undisturbed place situated on an estuary, Handsmouth becomes the centre of national attention when an eight-year-old girl vanishes. The town fills with journalists and television crews, who latch onto the public's fearful suspicions that the missing girl, the daughter of one of the town's working-class families, was abducted.This tragic event serves to expose the range of segregated existences in the town, as spectrums of class, wealth and lifestyle are blurred in the investigation. Behind Handsmouth's closed doors and pastoral façade the extraordinary individual lives of the community are exposed. The undisclosed passions of a quiet international aid worker are set against his wife, a woman whose astonishing aptitude for intellectual pursuits, such as piano-playing and elaborate cooking, makes her seem a paragon of virtue to the outside world. A recently-widowed old woman tells a story that details her late discovery of sexual gratification. And the Bears - middle-aged, fat, hairy gay men, given to promiscuity and some drug abuse - have a party.As the search for the missing girl elevates, the case enables a self-appointed authority figure to present the case for increased surveillance, and, as old notions of privacy begin to crack, private lives seep into the public well of knowledge.Handsmouth is a powerful study of the vital importance of individuality, the increasingly intrusive hand of political powers and the unyielding strength of Nature against the worst excesses of human behaviour.

KING

OF THE

BADGERS

PHILIP

HENSHER

To

The

Gang:

Bertie

and J.B.

and Sam

and Rita

and Ralf

and Julia

and Yusef

and Jimmy

and Marino

and Renaud

and Richard

and Alan again

and Lapin again

and Professor A

and Dickie Heat-Hot

and not forgetting Nix (Hi Nicola!)

and Mrs Blaikie (with love from Rufus)

and Herbert who said it’s all quite laconic once

but especially and always and once more for my husband

and really just to say to all of them and probably some others too

What

Fun

It’s

All

Been.

CONTENTS

COVER (#u85bb396e-3b48-58bc-ba71-2553c69d33e6)

TITLE PAGE (#u0a3ebd73-d55c-5859-bd1e-001b84d9541a)

DEDICATION (#u47d6ac8d-b365-592e-813b-342b17bbbabe)

BOOK ONE (#ulink_57da363d-188d-5032-9c92-849e8d5f0cae)

NOTHING TO HIDE (#ulink_abaa5545-ad53-5207-bf7f-7f14895c4f21)

CHAPTER 1 (#ulink_aeb0e193-37f5-5fd4-bd8d-b5fa3d57e9b4)

CHAPTER 2 (#ulink_58d6351f-5dba-5c83-aed4-36794bd92023)

CHAPTER 3 (#ulink_34aa65cb-73a3-5700-a8a9-2a501d736b9a)

CHAPTER 4 (#ulink_2fd877b7-2c92-5859-b950-bc91fe8bc85d)

CHAPTER 5 (#ulink_01a8cd89-619a-5538-a216-2a5589c15e3f)

CHAPTER 6 (#ulink_a06a3258-17f3-5939-ab70-4aa6d4505d8d)

CHAPTER 7 (#ulink_532eb68a-c9fb-549c-a33c-73f3d673d5b2)

CHAPTER 8 (#ulink_158ddf71-9572-5419-bee0-35b5d2da9434)

CHAPTER 9 (#ulink_7b3fed08-2490-5512-83a6-07ec88df4c86)

CHAPTER 10 (#ulink_9d1fa114-77a5-557b-8a03-4a5d9ce1f983)

CHAPTER 11 (#ulink_8f8f0751-8c18-58b0-ad38-2aae34a66933)

CHAPTER 12 (#ulink_2630ebc3-e631-5e8b-aa1b-62d57cd99658)

CHAPTER 13 (#ulink_a1b37fc3-ac7a-5f62-9f73-5841a6e98109)

CHAPTER 14 (#ulink_841dc3ff-f03e-592e-a4cf-ca990eb608e3)

CHAPTER 15 (#ulink_c96f628a-ebff-5260-b390-8bc01a57056f)

CHAPTER 16 (#ulink_8a52ebbc-d915-535c-a80d-35bb6cab9e7b)

CHAPTER 17 (#ulink_2978ee44-173d-571c-bb9e-ab9807a23e4b)

CHAPTER 18 (#ulink_5e3bc602-c01b-52bd-b8c8-6a414a881831)

CHAPTER 19 (#ulink_ab0cfc9a-fa73-56ca-aff8-406f22ef033c)
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