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King of the Badgers

(2011)
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After the success of The Northern Clemency, shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, Philip Hensher brings us another slice of contemporary life, this time the peaceful civility and spiralling paranoia of a small English town.

Hanmouth, situated where the river Hand flows into the Bristol channel, is usually quiet and undisturbed. But it becomes the centre of national attention when an eight-year-old girl vanishes. This tragic event serves to expose the range of segregated existences in the town, as spectrums of class, wealth and lifestyle are blurred in the investigation. Behind Hanmouth's closed doors and pastoral façade, the extraordinary individual lives of the community are laid bare. The undisclosed passions of a quiet international aid worker are set against his wife, seemingly a paragon of virtue to the outside world; a recently-widowed old woman tells a story that details her late discovery of sexual gratification; and the Bears have a memorable party. As the search for the missing girl continues, the case is made for increased surveillance, and old notions of privacy begin to crack.

King of the Badgers is a powerful study of the vital importance of individuality and the increasingly intrusive hand of political powers. Like its predecessor, it is another devastating - but frequently very funny - portrait of England from one of this country's finest novelists.

Genre: General Fiction

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September 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: King of the Badgers: A Novel
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-86547-863-5 / 978-0-86547-863-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-00-730133-2 / 978-0-00-730133-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: King Of The Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-86547-874-0 / 978-0-86547-874-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-00-730134-0 / 978-0-00-730134-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-00-736423-7 / 978-0-00-736423-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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March 2011 : Paperback
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: Fourth Estate (GB)
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Audio Editions

March 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-00-742145-1 / 978-0-00-742145-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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March 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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March 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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March 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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2011 : UK Audio CD

Title: King Of The Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-85735-233-4 / 978-0-85735-233-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: King of the Badgers: A Novel
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: King of the Badgers
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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