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King of The Badgers by Philip Hensher.. Hensher is a study in the deft handling of POV, but what sets this novel apart is its intelligent critique of a society where cameras are everywhere. Scalding.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"It’s an unusual project: a novel in which a child disappears and no one, including the reader, much cares if she is found. Even so, we keep reading, because Hensher is after something besides ordinary suspense. He has, it turns out, a great deal to say about government-sanctioned snooping and privacy violation, about how even the most innocent act is monitored and recorded."

The New York Times

"Hensher’s humanism, equal parts humor and sympathy, feels especially welcome."


Author bio: Philip Michael Hensher FRSL (born 1965 ) is an English novelist, critic and journalist. Hensher was born in South London, although he spent the majority of his childhood and adolescence in Sheffield, attending Tapton School. He did his undergraduate degree at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford before attending Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD for work on 18th century painting and satire. Early in his career he worked as a clerk in the House of Commons, from which he was fired over the content of an interview he gave to a gay magazine. He has published a number of novels, is a regular contributor to Granta. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (436 pp. Espiovective: Kindle/Print editions)

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