Mr Fox

Mr Fox

Helen Oyeyemi

A love story like no other: ‘so vivid and inventive, its pages almost glow’ Sarah Waters

‘Oyeyemi reveals a twinkling sense of humour . . . A delight’ Independent

It’s a bright afternoon in 1938 and Mary Foxe is in a confrontational mood. St John Fox, celebrated novelist, hasn’t seen her in six years. He’s unprepared for her afternoon visit, not least because she doesn’t exist. He’s infatuated with her. But he also made her up.

"You’re a villain," she tells him. "A serial killer . . . can you grasp that?"

Will Mr Fox meet his muse’s challenge, to stop murdering his heroines and explore something of love? What will his wife Daphne think of this sudden change in her husband? Can there be a happy ending – this time?

‘Oyeyemi’s characters almost dance on their pages. This is her best, most beautiful novel yet’ Independent on Sunday

‘Funny, deep, shocking, wry, heart-warming and spine-chilling’ Guardian

‘Funny and fresh, piercingly astute’ Daily Telegraph

‘Not just vibrantly imaginative but filled with wit and wisdom. Her best book so far.’ Metro

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ISBN: 9780330534697
Publication date: 10.05.2012
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

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ISBN: 9781447203919
Publication date: 03.06.2011

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Helen Oyeyemi's Life in Books

Hotel World, Ali Smith
A novel that felt written especially for me and yet also written for everybody (I've noticed that this paradox tends to be present in those really great novels that make you feel more human). Like all Smith's writing, Hotel World is a formal and linguistic thrill, tripping you up then picking you up and dusting you off. This was the first book of hers I read, and I tell you, what a start.

Kornel Esti,  Dezso Kosztolanyi
Solemn, sly, factually fantastic and emotionally acute tales from the life of an unrepentant rascal.

Love In The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fermina Daza and I are one. And then there's the vivid beauty with which Marquez unfolds time. But I knew that this to be a story I'll love forever when I came to the part where a parrot shouts 'every man for himself!' and somersaults into a soup tureen.

The Skin Chairs, Barbara Comyns
A story of free perception, of trying to perceive the world just as it is – scary because our constructs are what keep us (relatively) well-protected. The protagonist harbours a terror of a set of chairs covered in human skin, but she finds her way to the end of her fear. Comyns' candid, absorbing narrative voice is one of the most delightful things about this novel.

Little Women,  Louisa May Alcott
In her inscrutable authorial wisdom, L. M. Alcott allowed Beth March to die of scarlet fever, and she allowed Jo March to marry someone who wasn't Theodore Lawrence. These events grieved a young reader in deepest South London in a very particular way that led her to probe and consider the limitations and function of a story . . . what I'm saying is that the very first fiction I wrote was really a series of argumentative little plasters to try to cover those Little Women related wounds.

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