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MR. CHARTWELL by Rebecca Hunt

MR. CHARTWELL by Rebecca Hunt

From a bold, brilliant young writer comes the story of an unlikely alliance between Winston Churchill and a young widow, both engaged in a fight against the most terrible of foes: depression.

July 1964. Chartwell, Kent. On the eve of his retirement from Parliament, Sir Winston Churchill has just woken up. There’s someone in the room with him, someone he’s known for a long time, but it’s not a friend. A dark, mute presence is watching him with rapt concentration. Soon after, in London, Esther Hammerhans, a young widowed government secretary, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the windowpane she sees a vast, dark silhouette. Both the eminent statesman and the humble office worker have just been visited by Black Pat, “the black dog” of depression. For the man who saved Western Civilization he’s a familiar presence; for Esther he’s a stranger just come to rent a room. Or is he here to stay? In this beguiling, inspiring, and completely original debut, Rebecca Hunt illuminates the strange point of connection between two very different people and shows how the strength to persevere can pull a person from darkness to light.


12 Responses to “MR. CHARTWELL by Rebecca Hunt”

  1. Suzanne says:

    This is going on to my to-read list even if I’m not lucky enough to win an advance copy. Just from the synopsis above I feel I can personally relate to the story.

  2. Sounds like an informative, intriguing look at depression which
    is such a devastating condition. Would like to learn more
    about it.

  3. Susan J. says:

    Sounds like an interesting new take on historical fiction.

  4. Helen Short says:

    I would love to receive an ARC of Mr. Chatwell.

  5. I would love an ARC for Mr. Chartwell. Looks very intriguing.
    Linda – owner
    {pages} a bookstore
    Manhattan Beach, CA

  6. Genna Sarnak says:

    Oh, this looks very good! Thanks for the opportunity to win an ARC! :)

  7. Patricia G. says:

    The book I have been waiting for – Mr. Churchill was one of the first persons to acknowledge that depression even exists!

  8. Robin Fiedler says:

    Having suffered from depression myself, I am always intrigued by stories about how others deal with it (or not). This book sounds interesting on a couple of different levels.

  9. Holly Compton says:

    I’m very interested and intrigued, a copy would be nice.
    Thanks, Holly in OR

  10. Holly in Durham says:

    Tried to comment the other day but couldn’t do it on my blackberry… like the first commenter, I will read this no matter what because I can personally identify with the subject matter (depression). And I am always a sucker for historical fiction! This sounds like a great, unusual first novel.

  11. jack ripple says:

    I hope that I am the lucky winner – it would be the Dial Press’ (and my) finest hour!

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