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Mouse and the Cossacks

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Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Fiction

Mouse and the Cossacks

Paul Wilson

'The first thing you have to know about me is that I have no voice.'
This is the story of a curious girl, and the threads of a life she's determined to unravel.

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9781906994976 (6 Jun 2013)

About the book

Mouse de Bruin is under siege. Without a voice since the age of six, she is trying to work things out about the world.

She and her mother have moved into a rented Pennine farmhouse in which reminders of the man who lived there previously, William Crosby, lie all around her. Fighting to hold the outside world at bay, Mouse becomes increasingly drawn to William, a man who seems to have been haunted by secrets throughout the long life he spent in this house.

As Mouse's investigations lead her towards some of the people who knew him, she unearths a collection of letters about William's experience in Europe as a young officer in the chaotic final weeks of World War II. But why, as Mouse begins to uncover the mysteries of William's past life, is she so keen to eliminate all traces of her own?

About the author

Paul Wilson is a winner of the Portico Prize for Literature for Do White Whales Sing at the Edge of the World? His previous novel, The Visiting Angel, was shortlisted for the 2011-12 Portico Fiction Prize. He has worked in a range of social care settings and is Vice Chairman of the British Association for Supported Employment. He lives in Lancashire.


Two lives, two ages, two secrets cleverly and touchingly braided together by a writer of true merit and humanity

- Jim Crace

Striking ... Betrayals and the truths behind them are at the heart of this powerful book

- Jane Housham, Guardian

Moving and beautifully crafted

- David Evans, Financial Times

Deftly draws the reader through a landscape of loss and loneliness towards unspeakable events buried in the past. An absorbing story

- Alison Moore, Booker shortlisted author, The Lighthouse

A masterpiece in characterisation ... superbly realised ... an evolving and beautifully written novel, and a well-paced one. All Paul Wilson's novels to date have been highly acclaimed, and Mouse and the Cossacks continues his high standard for intelligent and affecting work.

- Alastair Mabbott, Herald

Additional Information

Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Fiction

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