latest novel, The Possession of Mr Cave
is out now. It is published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage
in the UK and Viking/Penguin in America.
Cave, intellectual, music-lover and owner
of Cave Antiques, has experienced more than
his share of tragedies. His mother’s
suicide and his young wife’s death at
the hands of burglars left him to bring up
his young twins alone. And now one of them
has died in a grotesque accident as a result
the remaining twin, has always been the family’s
great hope: a golden teenager, in love with
her cello and her pony, clever, sweet and
eager to please. Now that she is all Terence
has left, he realises that his one duty in
life is to keep her safe from the world’s
malign forces, whatever that may take. As
he starts to follow his grieving daughter’s
movements, and enforces a draconian set of
rules purely for her own safety, the voices
in his head convince him to protect her innocence
at any cost.
POSSESSION OF MR CAVE is both a nightmare
of Gothic proportions and a story of distorted
love, with chilling resonance for anyone who
has been a parent or a frustrated teenager.
In this compulsive novel, the characteristic
black humour of THE LAST FAMILY IN ENGLAND
and THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB moves even further
onto the dark side. Matt Haig lays bare the
process by which Terence’s love for
Bryony becomes a possessive force that will
lead to destruction and, ultimately, murder...
can read the first chapter here.
can also purchase a book that I have doodled