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Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control . . . Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything. As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked. And Jack's hypnotic skills are called on as never before . . .
The Hypnotist explores what it is to be kind, to be curious, to love and to express yourself - to be human, in other words - in the face of intense racial and sexual bigotry, cruelty and violence. It's a passionate, important novel * Amnesty International *
Full of suspense and heartbreak, this is a powerful account of survival amid irrational, omnipresent hatred * Guardian *
A beautifully written story . . . it's hard to believe this is Anholt's first full-length novel . . . I can't wait to check out his next offering! * Scottish Book Trust *
I was absolutely gripped: compelling storytelling with a powerful anti-racist message * The Bookseller *
Portray[s] a stunningly accurate historical picture of the American South in the 60's. A fascinating tale told with confidence * Askeys & Holts Children's Newsletter *
A highly impressive first novel by Laurence Anholt . . . every reader will be swept into this highly visual world and the drama that develops within it * Achuka *
|Publication date:||3rd October 2016|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Other Categories:||UKLA 2018|
Laurence Anholt has written over seventy books, many in collaboration with his wife Catherine. They are both highly regarded in the UK and abroad as a successful author/illustrator team, and have had their books translated into many different languages. They met as undergraduates at Falmouth School of Art, and went on to achieve Master’s Degrees from the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal College respectively. The books which they have collaborated on are based firmly within their own family’s experiences, and many of Catherine’s illustrations depict scenes which families will recognise. It ...More About Laurence Anholt
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