Serenity House Author:Christopher Hope ‘Max Montfalcon lay in bed and tried to remember how many people he had killed.’ — Old Max, the genial giant of Serenity House, north London’s ‘Premier Eventide Refuge’, might have been left to die in peace. But his son-in-law Albert, an MP with a special interest in the new War Crimes Bill, has other ideas.... more »
Then Jack arrives. An all-American boy who read a book once -- but it hurt his head. A boy who survives on a diet of violent videos and Chinese takeaways. Max is haunted by dreams of the Holocaust. And the occupants of Serenity House are haunted by Jack.
From Florida’s Magic Kingdom to Highgate to Auschwitz, nimble Jack pursues the failing giant. Through old-age ghettos, German concentration camps, England as a theme park -- culminating in a real-life duel on the battlements of a fairytale Snow White’s castle -- the hunt for the real Max Montfalcon is on.
Christopher Hope’s dazzling new novel combines dark fable with scathing satire—‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ brought savagely up to date.« less