About this book
Matt Haig's first novel "The Last Family In England" was an original reworking of "Henry IV Part 1". His new one bears more than a passing resemblance to "Hamlet". Philip Noble is the 11-year old hero of the novel, and it is a funny and poignant portrait of the strange workings of the world seen through the eyes of a child.
Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband's brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip's life crumble away when his father's ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him.