First edition, first printing of the UK Hardcover published in 2007 by John Murray. The first print run was very small and one of the hardest of the Booker shortlist to find.
Hardcover and dust wrapper are exceptional in new and very fine condition. (A lot of the first printings have flaws such as minor pushing to the spine ends or bumped boards. The dust wrapper is prone to shelf wear because of the finish and paper used, many copies have major rubbing and small closed tears.) This is one of the very few pristine copies with no bumps at all and square corners and sharp spine ends. The dust-wrapper is lovely, with none of the imperfections commonly associated with this book.
This has been signed, first-lined: "Everyone called him Popeye." and dated: "27. 2. 08" at the Bath Literary Festival 2008.
SYNOPSIS 'You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames.' It is Bougainville in 1991 - a small village on a lush tropical island in the South Pacific. Eighty-six days have passed since Matilda's last day of school as, quietly, war is encroaching from the other end of the island. When the villagers' safe, predictable lives come to a halt, Bougainville's children are surprised to find the island's only white man, a recluse, re-opening the school. Pop Eye, aka Mr Watts, explains he will introduce the children to Mr Dickens. Matilda and the others think a foreigner is coming to the island and prepare a list of much needed items. They are shocked to discover their acquaintance with Mr Dickens will be through Mr Watts' inspiring reading of "Great Expectations". But on an island at war, the power of fiction has dangerous consequences. Imagination and beliefs are challenged by guns. "Mister Pip" is an unforgettable tale of survival by story; a dazzling piece of writing that lives long in the mind after the last page is finished.