A Stranger in the Earth

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Harcourt, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 279 pages
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Horace Littlefair, resident of the rural English village of Great Much, has decided to make his way to London, accepting a job at an obscure newspaper owned by his great-uncle on the south side of the Thames. Upon arrival in town, and dressed in his grandfather's walking breeches and three-quarter-length tweed coat, Horace is promptly cheated by a cabdriver and spends his first night sleeping on a park bench. Thus begins Horace's adventures in his new surroundings. Inept at reporting, he rambles through the obstacles of his new life, encountering a group of eccentric characters who become his new family in London, and with whom he has some very unusual adventures while he endeavors to get the scoop behind the campaign to save the urban fox. Sharply funny and clearly drawn, A Stranger in the Earth is a brilliant comic debut from a bright new talent with an acutely observant eye and a warm heart.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Many funny moments and a beguiling cast of bona fide English eccentrics adorn this charming picaresque coming-of-ager - the fictional debut of veteran novelist Paul Theroux's son. The story chronicles ... Read full review

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User Review  - stephmo - LibraryThing

This is the type of book that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Horace is so old-school British as a character that he's an orphan seeking to find his fortune in London while working for a ... Read full review


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Marcel Theroux was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968. He studied English at Cambridge and international relations at Yale. He worked in television news in Boston and New York, and now lives in London.

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