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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 03/03/2011
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Once upon a time, in a room above a German museum, there lived an old man . . . A caretaker by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken only by the occasional crunch of a spider between his teeth. However, the old man's solitude is disturbed as unusual activities at the museum start to attract attention. A pair of young and outrageously beautiful lovers, a baker's son with a passion for the euphonium, and a dog called Hans are just some of the innocents pulled into Rhodes's mesmerising world.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847675309
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Disturbing and delightful. * * The Telegraph * *
A macabre, brilliant and terrifying novel. Good strong stuff. -- Michael Holroyd * * Guardian * *
Genius ... A sublime, brilliant novel. * * The Scotsman * *
A remarkable success. * * The Spectator * *
While never losing sight of the monstrousness that ensnares his characters, Rhodes remains gloriously, mordantly funny. * * The Independent * *
After reading Rhodes's book, many little hands should be clapping very loudly indeed. * * The Observer * *
An amusing fable about thwarted altruism and good intentions gone askew. It should please cynical idealists and idealistic cynics alike. * * Financial Times * *
Just trust us on this one... he really is one of the most inventive authors around. ***** * * HEAT * *
Reading it is like taking a deep breath into the lungs of your imagination. * * Scotland on Sunday * *
The sense that this is a fairy story, with all the implications of a moral message and an investigation of human nature that come with it, runs through the book and is heightened by its title . . . His gentle yet clever telling of the monstrous events at the museum finds humanity in the horror and makes his characters' unpleasant antics seem almost whimsical . . . After reading Rhodes's book, many little hands should be clapping very loudly indeed. -- Alice Fisher * * OBSERVER * *
Combining heady romance, nihilism and despair, human failings, and a fair amount of spider munching, this is a unique, sparkling story. Dan Rhodes is a writer to treasure. * * LIST * *
Cleverly interweaves a lovers' story with the dark, disturbing life of an old caretaker. -- Christina Koning * * Times * *
As funny as it is macabre. * * Sunday Herald * *
This is the kind of deliciously wicked tale that looks simple on the surface, but which covers hidden depths. A small masterpiece. -- Lesley MacDowall * * Herald * *
A spooky, brilliant read from a magical storyteller. * * Heat * *
This dark and curious fable is leavened by preposterous imagination and an airy wit. You may well, embarrassingly, laugh aloud. * * Independent on Sunday * *

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“Little Hands Clapping for an encore!”

Oh why can't Dan Rhodes write as fast as I can read?!

'Little Hands Clapping' is an unhinged tale based around a suicide themed museum, housing obscure exhibits designed to convince depressed souls... More

Hardback edition
12th May 2010
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“Darkly fantastic”

I have never read a Dan Rhodes book before and this won't be my last. I absolutely loved this blacker than black funny story.
Based around a museum of suicide, the owners (Paverotti's wife and Paverotti),... More

Hardback edition
2nd March 2010
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“Little Hands Clapping”

A parable of what could happen when people with kind enthusiasm and good ideas put them into practice sees suicide, cannibalism, a penectomy, arachnivorism and an unpopular tourist attraction combine to create a book... More

Hardback edition
13th May 2010
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