Mr. Chartwell

Mr. Chartwell

A Novel

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:

It's July 1964. In bed at home in Kent, Winston Churchill iswaking up. There's a visitor in the room, someone he hasn'tseen for a while, a dark, mute bulk, watching him with torturedconcentration. It's Mr. Chartwell.

In her terraced house in Battersea, Esther Hammerhans,young, vulnerable and alone, goes to answer the door to hernew lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the sizeof a mattress. It's Mr. Chartwell.

Mr. Chartwell is a huge, black dog.

Mr. Chartwell is charismatic and dangerously seductive.Can Esther and Winston Churchill withstand his strange, powerfulcharms and strong hold as their lives are slowly drawntogether? In this utterly original, moving, funny and exuberantnovel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collideas Mr. Chartwell's motives are revealed to be far darker anddeeper than they seem.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010.
ISBN: 9781554688654
Branch Call Number: FICTION HUN


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 17, 2018

Another great book by this author. I wasn't sure at the beginning, but, literally, page by page, I enjoyed it more and more.

Rebecca Hunt is such a talented and original writer. A pleasure to read. This book was so well crafted with interesting historical context. With a minimum of words Hunt evokes every nuance of the scene and the characters she portrays. Masterful.

abruzzo79 Jun 06, 2017

"Mr. Chartwell, aka Black Pat, is, you see, a dog-a huge, odiferous, walking, talking physical mess of an animal, who inexplicably exudes a most charming, seductive manner." (Library Journal)

Jul 24, 2015

An interesting take on depression and a good analogy - invisible to others, creates disorder, difficult to resist.

Jul 16, 2012

Interesting and enjoyable novel. I enjoyed the Churchill material more than the stuff about the young woman and her friends, but the book was satisfying as a whole, well organized and interestingly written.

Mar 05, 2011

Interesting view of chronic depression, presented as fiction involving Winston Churchill, who suffered all his life from depression, and a fictional character. A unique book.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 05, 2011

An entertaining meditation on depression and how two people, one famous and one a young widow, deal with the oppression of the disorder. Depression itself is personified by a big black dog named Mr. Chartwell, who comes to live with the young widow. Improbable as the plot sounds - that a big black dog would be accepted as a lodger - the plot really works. An extremely well-written, sympathetic exploration of the darkness of depression and how it's possible to be overcome.

debwalker Feb 28, 2011

Churchill's "black dog" - his metaphor for the depression that stalked him all his life - comes to slobbering life in this fable on a visit to a widowed librarian.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 05, 2011

Algonquin_Lisa thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top