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Quite a combination of elements They work though A very different book, The Cure for Dreaming, combined female emancipation and hypnotism in a story of women s rights in the early 20th century.Here we are placed in the 1960s, in a time and place where Jim Crow rules, where the KKK work discreetly with violence to instil fear An orphaned black boy, Pip named after his schoolteacher mother s favourite Dickens novel is taken from the orphanage to a Southern white owned farm to work as farmhand Quite a combination of elements They work though A very different book, The Cure for Dreaming, combined female emancipation and hypnotism in a story of women s rights in the early 20th century.Here we are placed in the 1960s, in a time and place where Jim Crow rules, where the KKK work discreetly with violence to instil fear An orphaned black boy, Pip named after his schoolteacher mother s favourite Dickens novel is taken from the orphanage to a Southern white owned farm to work as farmhand The farmer is less than friendly, but his wife is desperate for a child to read to her, and Pip reads from his mother s copy of Great Expectations and warms quickly to the obese but motherly woman he works for A Native American girl also works for them, but is mute.The second strand to the story, and second narrator offers us an outside glimpse of Pip s life Jack Morrow, Irish neighbour to the farm and local professor and expert in hypnosis, watches as Pip struggles to fit into his new life and into the community where black people are less than fairly treated, and where racist incidents are a regular occurrence Especially as the farm owner s grown son is soon hellbent on ridding the place of Pip Pip, Jack and soon the mute Hannah are caught together in an exciting tale of survival Jack s skills of hypnotism are integral to their tale, and Great Expectations is also skilfully interwoven into the plot.With real life KKK atrocities part of the story, and insights into the organisation, this feels dangerous There s a love element, some mystery, and some appealing characters throughout.I was reminded of a recent read Beck by Mal Peet Meg Rosoff with some basic elements of the plot, but this really is quite unique and intense.Others have compared it favourably to Mockingbird , and I can see why, with some similar themes While it s not in the same league, it will be excellent material for someone reading Harper Lee as a set text as usual follow up, it is excellent for discussion material on 1960s civil rights background history Quite violent in places, and could be quite upsetting to younger readers, so I would recommend this to KS3 and above, in particular those age 14 and above When Pip is bought and paid for at an orphanage, he is worried for his future But the worn, skinny old man called Mr Zachary who adopts him seems kind enough on the long drive back to his farm, as he explains what he wants Pip to do Since Pip was the only boy who could read at the orphanage, he was the perfect candidate to read to Zachary s bed ridden wife Lillybelle.Pip is shocked when he meets her but they soon build a positive relationship as he covers her every need and reads from his co When Pip is bought and paid for at an orphanage, he is worried for his future But the worn, skinny old man called Mr Zachary who adopts him seems kind enough on the long drive back to his farm, as he explains what he wants Pip to do Since Pip was the only boy who could read at the orphanage, he was the perfect candidate to read to Zachary s bed ridden wife Lillybelle.Pip is shocked when he meets her but they soon build a positive relationship as he covers her every need and reads from his copy of Great Expectations a gift from his mother before his parents died in a car accident There is another young teen at the farm Beautiful, mute Hannah an American Indian, who Pip thinks is the most beautiful girl he s ever seen.But life on Dead River Farm isn t all sweet The Zachary s have a son called Erwin an angry, Negro hating, Vietnam vet and also a leader of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan His parents warn Pip to stay out of his way and Pip does just that, at least until the day Erwin finally catches him..This story is told in two viewpoints Pip s story in 3rd person , and the Zachary s neighbour Jack Morrow in 1st person Jack is a university professor from Ireland and an excellent hypnotist He s been watching the goings on next door with increasing worry Can he help Let Mr Morrow hypnotise you with this story, and see how Pip, Hannah and the Zachary s cope with the evil of the Ku Klux Klan.Brilliantly written Absolutely loved it A bit Mocking Bird a bit Shawshank a great piece of story hypnotism This book is very different from most of the others, and I cant believe it myself but I am almost pitying Erwin, for his mental instability However that does not mean in any way I pity him, I pity his family, I pity his victims And I feel like this book is pitiful Jack, or Doctor Jack Morrow to use his full moniker, starts off being very funny, and very enjoyable to listen to I didn t like the second person narration at the start, because it s different, his personality was very innocent, br This book is very different from most of the others, and I cant believe it myself but I am almost pitying Erwin, for his mental instability However that does not mean in any way I pity him, I pity his family, I pity his victims And I feel like this book is pitiful Jack, or Doctor Jack Morrow to use his full moniker, starts off being very funny, and very enjoyable to listen to I didn t like the second person narration at the start, because it s different, his personality was very innocent, bright and set the wrong tone for the book ahead I thought wasting two pages on trying to hypnotise the reader, was very uncomfortable to read, and quite desperate However it linked into the story and explained a few scenes later Then the author introduced Pip, and his sad background, which made it clear, despite the title, that he was the main character, and the hero of the story I didn t like the way they introduced Mr Zachery, I thought teaching to smoke, and setting him as a rough, mean guy was setting him on to be an evil character, and then telling Pip he had lost boys before confirmed it It happened to be the second deceiving character, out of many I know this is historically accurate, and this is what would have been seen as normal for the time period, I think for today, it would be seen as horrible, because the racial tensions happening at that time.Then there was Hannah, whom I thought could not have been any stronger, despite her growth at the end I thought the relationship between her and Pip was a bit out of the blue and should have been delayed a bitI LOVED however her little songs every now and again, it gives the reader clever and selective insight into what she was thinking, and what was going on nobody else in the story new However what annoyed me, was that it was only a couple of pages later that someone else new about it, and the matter was completely solved, or it was no longer a secret.Lilybelle, whom Pip was told to look after, was a very light hearted woman, that anybody could be friends with However, once she grew , she faced prejudices of her own, none of her friends would talk to her, she was scary and looked on as lazy However, when Pip leaves for a week, she gets better, Mr Zachery looks after her , Their is physical improvements And it just makes Pip, happy as it is, seem useless and unable Then there is the theme of things, I don t know enough about racial history in America To comment to the deserved extent, however I believe the author has described, explained and captured enough of what it was like to really interest and teach the reader the different view points However, there were pockets in the book where that was forgotten Back to Jack, his role at first was unclear, the blurb said he would meet pip and they would become Inextricably linked it was slow at first, however I felt that was needed, because the author had tied himself a knot With a friendly hypnotise, he could get out of any situation, he could solve all their problems without a blink And this slowed and lost the book some meaning, when they went traveling, they got out of all situations, they hypnotised everyone who gave them a tiny bit of trouble And this is where there the book falls, Pip, had lost the meaning or main character yes, they were doing everything for him, yes he was the person originally in trouble However, he became a whinging child, Hannah was sufferingand jack became the hero every time The book became very slow, there were several small revelations however, when the big event happened, it was jack who saved the day, while Pip was asleep, and that was all that happened Jack s happy, innocent personality had to change because of his new role in the story, and in most cases that would be okay, however the change wasof a destruction, he lost nearly all of any personality and he was jumping back and forward from being angry, scared and nosy, to being, kind, parental and heroic The book became magical, for random events magically stopped all other events and none of the characters were touched or ever put in really danger I was given an ARC of The Hypnotist to review and I thought this was one of the best books I ve read in a long time Can t recommend it highly enough. In the dead of night, Pip is plucked from an orphanage and hired as a farm hand But Pip is black The farmer and his wife are white And this iss America, where race defines youJack Morrow has left his native Ireland dreaming of a new life in the American Deep South He has certain skills that he mostly keeps hidden Skills in hypnotism and mind controlPip and Jack s lives become inextricably linked as the heat of racial tension builds to a terrifying storm Part thriller, part love story, this extraordinary debut novel looks at where life can take you when your expectations are greatOfficially endorsed by Amnesty International, The Hypnotist was hailed by The Bookseller in their Ones to Watch section as gripping, compelling storytelling with a powerful anti racist message Set in the Deep South of the American 1960 s, a black orphan boy, a mute Native American servant girl and an Irish Neurology professor are an unlikely squad In a society overwhelmed by prejudice, they must employ all of their courage, cunning and wit to free themselves from their oppressors.This book is amazing Here at Book Box Club we loved it so much we featured it in our Freedom Squad themed October box and we were thrilled to get the chance to chat to Laurence in our members only online bo Set in the Deep South of the American 1960 s, a black orphan boy, a mute Native American servant girl and an Irish Neurology professor are an unlikely squad In a society overwhelmed by prejudice, they must employ all of their courage, cunning and wit to free themselves from their oppressors.This book is amazing Here at Book Box Club we loved it so much we featured it in our Freedom Squad themed October box and we were thrilled to get the chance to chat to Laurence in our members only online book club with our members The Hypnotist is so brilliantly written it has been months and months since I read it but some of the scenes have really stuck with me and I still find myself daydreaming about the characters There is no getting around it, the subject matter is tough reading in parts but that is one of the things I loved about it Laurence doesn t pull any punches and despite the setting in this dark period of America s alarmingly recent history, this story is full of tenderness in Pip s relationships with the people around him It is rare that characters in YA are so beautifully described and diverse and, for me, they are the most refreshing things about this book It was great to hearabout the real stories that went into The Hypnotist and Laurence s inspiration to write the novel in our book group meeting and I strongly suggest anyone interested look up his website forinformation on that We will certainly carry on recommending this wonderful book to everyone for years to come A powerful book If I d had time to read it in one session I would have done so It was interesting to read that the author s family, Jews from Persia who fled the country as refugees from racist policies in the 17th century, came from the town of Shushan Susa where the story of Esther, the heroine who saved her people from the racist vizier Haman, is set Anyway, this and his father s experiences as a member of British Intelligence during and just after WWII, inspired this novel The author wa A powerful book If I d had time to read it in one session I would have done so It was interesting to read that the author s family, Jews from Persia who fled the country as refugees from racist policies in the 17th century, came from the town of Shushan Susa where the story of Esther, the heroine who saved her people from the racist vizier Haman, is set Anyway, this and his father s experiences as a member of British Intelligence during and just after WWII, inspired this novel The author wanted to write about his ancestors, but it was too close to home for the moment As historical fiction it works very well Perhaps a half star down because it s not really YA, though marketed as such The main characters, Pip and Hannah, are teenagers, yes, but we also get plenty of viewpoint from the other protagonist, Jack Morrow, the hypnotist of the title, a university academic who is doing great things with dealing with what we now call PTSD I don t know how our students will react to the adult viewpoint, though the better readers are quite capable of enjoying adult books I also can t help wondering whether a hypnotist can do quite the things Jack does in the novel, as easily as he does It feels almost like Obi Wan Kenobi with his , These aren t the droids you re looking for We can go about our business Still, a very readable book which I enjoyed greatly I am not able to give this book a rating, as I didn t finish it However, from the parts I did read I can tell you It is well written Fx I sometimes struggle when writers decide to write out drawls and accents, but in this book it was just alright The Main Characters are all really interesting Every one from the Caucasian Irish Neurology Professor, to the Black Orphan teenager, and the Mute Native American girl Together, they all have interesting back stories, and I really liked all thr I am not able to give this book a rating, as I didn t finish it However, from the parts I did read I can tell you It is well written Fx I sometimes struggle when writers decide to write out drawls and accents, but in this book it was just alright The Main Characters are all really interesting Every one from the Caucasian Irish Neurology Professor, to the Black Orphan teenager, and the Mute Native American girl Together, they all have interesting back stories, and I really liked all three of them The story is set in the 60 s, and features the fight against racism I just couldn t read it The scenes made me uncomfortable As in, they were hard to read without getting too affected Basically, I m one of those people who lives through all the slightly scary things by saying It s not real, it s just fiction But with this book, I couldn t do that In fact, the few scenes I did read wasn t hard to imagine happening right now, today.So, do I recommend this book Definitely It s been said to be great for people who liked The Book Thief Haven t read that yet, so I wouldn t know I will most likely attempt to read this another time I think this probably could have been a good story, but it s so badly written It s disjointed and sloppy It even changes tense for a chapter The lessons it seeks to teach are very heavy handed, and all it does is cheapen the writing Still, my biggest problem is Jack Not only is he annoying as hell, but the book beats you over the head with his Irishness, but it s clear that very little research was done on Ireland If you can t accurately write an Irish protagonist, don t do it. This book was amazing It is beautifully written The Southern accent made it evenauthentic I loved how Laurence described every character so it felt like you knew them as well As for the story, well, it is so wonderful and sad at the same time If you re a fan of To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Help or anything similar to these great stories, then I would recommend The Hypnotist as well You learn so much when reading this book I couldn t put it down and if I had to, I couldn t stop thinki This book was amazing It is beautifully written The Southern accent made it evenauthentic I loved how Laurence described every character so it felt like you knew them as well As for the story, well, it is so wonderful and sad at the same time If you re a fan of To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Help or anything similar to these great stories, then I would recommend The Hypnotist as well You learn so much when reading this book I couldn t put it down and if I had to, I couldn t stop thinking about it Definitely a must read While I was reading I always felt like this book should be read in school It is extremely educating and full of historic events a lot of them not very pleasant But they teach and inspire you in very different ways and I guess, that is what makes this book so beautiful And I was fortunate enough to chat with the author yesterday He is so nice and passionate about all of his books He has great ideas forstories and I can t wait to read them The Hypnotist


About the Author: Laurence Anholt

In a career spanning three decades, Laurence Anholt has produced over 200 children s books, which are published inthan 30 languages Titles like the self illustrated Anholt s Artists series have sold many millions of copies around the world Laurence has also collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt.Laurence s first YA Crossover novel THE HYPNOTIST was published by Penguin Random House on 6th October 2016.The Hypnotist was described by The Bookseller as gripping, powerful storytelling with a powerful anti racist message The book has been officially endorsed by Amnesty International, it was the winner of the Historical Association Young Quills Award, shortlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award and four major book awards It is currently longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018.Born in 1959, Laurence Anholt was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting love of Art He went on to study Painting for 8 years, culminating in a Master s Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London Catherine and Laurence live and work in a house on a hill with studios and wild flower meadows, overlooking the sea in Devon, southwest England.Laurence s books have won many awards, including the UK s prestigious Nestl Smarties Gold Award on two occasions Forthan a decade, Laurence has been amongst the top 200 Most Borrowed Authors from UK libraries across all genres He was included in the Independent on Sunday s Top 10 Children s Authors in the UK and was described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today.Catherine and Laurence have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme Their publication Babies Love Books also a much loved picture book encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on several occasions.Laurence s self illustrated Anholt s Artists series, is an introduction to great artists for young children These beautiful books are used as part of the national school curriculum in many countries and are sold in galleries and museums all over the world The books, which include Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, Camille and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer and The Magical Garden of Claude Monet have taken Laurence on many fascinating journeys of discovery Each scrupulously researched story is based on an actual encounter between a real child and a great artist In several instances, Laurence has been assisted by relatives of the artists or by the protagonists themselves for example, Laurence developed a long standing friendship with Sylvette David, Picasso s Girl With a Ponytail This series currently includes 10 titles and it has been adapted in many forms, including Apps for iPads, stage and TV productions and a full scale van Gogh musical which Laurence launched in Korea The Anholt s Artists books are renowned not only for their educational value, but also for their life affirming themes of aspiration, tolerance and acceptance of those who are different.Laurence Anholt is a much sought after public speaker, talking about literature and his own zany view of life at conferences all over the world.The Anholts have three grown up children, Claire and twins, Tom and Maddy Claire is an anthropologist who works for the UN in Geneva, Maddy is an actor living in London and Tom is a successful artist based in Berlin They also have twin grandchildren, Felix and Nina.Laurence Anholt s interests include art, literature, adventure travel and Buddhist meditation.For further information visit the Anholts website


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