Mister Pip

Publisher: Vintage Canada

The Booker finalist and beloved novel that has taken the world by storm is now a major motion picture starring Hugh Laurie.

Thirteen-year-old Matilda lives on a copper-rich tropical island that has been shattered by war, from which the teachers have fled along with everyone else. Only one white man chooses to stay behind, the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of much curiosity and scorn. He sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and steps in to teach the children when there is no one else, and his only lessons consist of reading from his battered copy of Great Expectations, a book by his friend Mr. Dickens. First the children, and the entire village, are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip, their imaginations aflame with dreams of Dickens's London and the larger world. But in a ravaged place where even children are forced to live by their wits and daily survival is the only objective, imagination-- it turns out-- is a dangerous thing.

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Chapter One


EVERYONE CALLED HIM POP EYE. EVEN IN those days, when I was a skinny thirteen-year-old, I thought he probably knew about his nickname but didn't care. His eyes were too interested in what lay up ahead to notice us barefoot kids.

He looked like someone who had seen or known great...
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READING GUIDE

1. Is it important that Mr. Watts is the last white man on the island? Why?

2. Why does Matilda write Pip’s name in the sand alongside the names of her relatives? Why does this upset her mother? How does this contribute to Dolores’s feelings about Mr. Watts’s instruction of her...

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PRAISE FOR

“[Mister Pip] has all the spell-binding charm of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and then some. . . . Mister Pip is an achingly beautiful story.”
The Vancouver Sun

“An intelligent novel that says as much about the power of reading as it does about bloodshed and loss.”
New Statesman

“By the time Mr. Watts reached the end of chapter one I felt like I had been spoken to by this boy Pip. . . . I had found a new friend. The surprising thing is where I’d found him—not up a tree or sulking in the shade, or splashing around in one of the hill streams, but in a book. No one had told us kids to look there for a friend. Or that you could slip inside the skin of another.”
The Spectator

“A novel about reading and writing and their impact on people’s lives that can be read with pleasure by someone who has never known the power of Charles Dickens, or Great Expectations, and still make them hunger for more. . . . Its fable-like quality is spellbinding; the depth of its insights compelling.”
Canberra Times

“A poignant and impressive work which can take its place alongside the classical novels of adolescence.”
The Times Literary Supplement

"Mister Pip is a rare, original and truly beautiful novel. It reminds us that every act of reading and telling is a transformation, and that stories, even painful ones, may carry possibilities of redemption. An unforgettable novel, moving and deeply compelling."
—Gail Jones, author of Sixty Lights

"Mister Pip is sheer magic, a story about stories and their power to transcend the limits of imagination and reside in the deep heart's core. Lloyd Jones is a brave and fierce writer, and he has given us Dickens brand new again."
—Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child

“As compelling as a fairytale–beautiful, shocking and profound.”
–Helen Garner, author of Monkey Grip

‘It’s clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff… Being a truthful writer, Jones sees nothing – neither his heroes nor his villains in black and white. His is a bold inquiry into the way that we construct and repair our communities, and ourselves, with stories old and new’
The Times

‘Cleverly encapsulating what it is to be an orphan, an immigrant or a person dispossessed of a regular beat of life, this extraordinary story…‘
Good Housekeeping

Mister Pip is a poignant and impressive work which can take its place alongside the classical novels of adolescence'
The Times Literary Supplement

‘A mesmerising story which shows how books can change lives in utterly surprising ways’
Western Daily Press

‘Exotic locations add a dreamy location to … Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones … Jones’ lyrical novel centres around a group of children in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, during the civil war in the Nineties’
– Charlotte Sinclair, Vogue

‘Morally subtle, Mister Pip has none of arid cleverness that often mars novels about books, making it a worthy winner of this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize’
– Jonathan Beckman, Daily Mail

‘An intelligent novel that says as much about the power of reading as it does about bloodshed and loss’
– Anthony Byrt, New Statesman

‘A major word-of-mouth bestseller’
– Sue Baker, Publishing News
“Much is being made of Mister Pip in the southern hemisphere, and with good reason: it is an intelligent novel that says as much about the power of reading as it does about bloodshed and loss.”
New Statesman