Hemingway's Chair


Palin, Michael

14/11/2013 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413777430

About Hemingway's Chair

‘Palin has devised an intricate plot … there are some grand, Pythonesque moments’ The Independent

‘A beautifully constructed thoughtful novel’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Hemingway’s Chair is padded with the charm and humanity that typifies

Palin’s work’ Independent on Sunday

‘Comic dialogue that leaps off the page’ Literary Review

 ‘A beguiling comedy’ The Times

Martin Sproale is a mild, conventional assistant postmaster living in a small English coastal town, the only exceptional thing about him being his obsession with Ernest Hemingway. This is confined harmlessly enough to an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything about the man and to living in a room surrounded by Hemingway memorabilia. But when an ambitious young outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster over Martin’s head and starts to transform the friendly local post office for privatisation and the high-tech challenges of the twenty-first century, Martin is faced with a choice – to go along with the drastic changes or to be like his hero and fight for what he believes in. Egged on by an American scholar, Ruth Kohler, who is living nearby while completing a book in Hemingway, Martin allows his obsession to take over more and more of his life, culminating in a final, reckless act of revenge against the ruthless modernisers.



Michael Palin

Michael Palin was born in Sheffield in 1943 and lives with his wife Helen in North London. His publications chronicling his adventures around the world have been huge bestsellers. His books (all of which have accompanied his documentaries for the BBC) include Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Sahara and Himalaya. His films have included The Missionary and A Private Function.


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