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  • Published: 3 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241485736
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer




A warm and witty novel in which a Faustian pact leads to an unconventional love triangle

Serial philanderer Jonathan Fitch is distraught when his girlfriend Serafina leaves him. In a desperate state at Piccadilly Circus underground station, he meets wealthy, mysterious Mr Rinyo-Clacton, and ends up agreeing to a Faustian pact: Mr Rinyo-Clacton will give Jonathan one million pounds, if he agrees to die in a year's time. Can Jonathan go on living like this? Can he go on living at all? A wry, affectionate look at what goes on between consenting, relenting and dissenting adults.

  • Published: 3 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241485736
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Russell Hoban

Born in Pennsylvania in 1925 to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Russell Hoban's interest in writing started early, with his stories and poetry winning him prizes while still at school. During the war he served in the US Infantry. Following his discharge from the army he held a variety of jobs, including work as a freelance illustrator and a copy-writer. It was during this time that he started writing, taking it up as a full-time occupation in 1967. His first full-length novel, The Mouse and His Child was published in 1968, and is widely regarded as a children's classic. In addition to his acclaimed children's books, Hoban writes for adults. He has lived in London since 1969.

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Praise for Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer

Nothing is accidental or optional in this jewelled clockwork egg of a book... Hoban is a hugely skilled, moving and endlessly entertaining writer.

Times Literary Supplement

A poignant and engaging fable of ownership and surrender.

Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday

He mixes wild invention with subtle observation... the resulting tale reads like a downbeat, offbeat Faust for the tawdry, lottery-playing 1990s.

The Times

Worth rejoicing in ... a banquet of whimsical delights. Each Russell Hoban book is surprising ... but you also know what you're getting, which is curiosity, wonder and a world-encompassing empathy.

John Self, The Guardian

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