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The eagerly awaited new novel from Bobby Palmer, author of the critically acclaimed debut Isaac and the Egg.

If you stood before sunrise in this wild old place, looking through the trees into the garden…

You’d see a father and son, a fox standing between them.

You wouldn’t know that Jack has returned from the city, still determined to be the opposite of his father. Or that Gerry would rather talk to animals than this angry man back under his roof.

You wouldn’t imagine that neither is quite who the other remembers. That someone irreplaceable is missing. That one conversation might change everything.

If you saw them in the small hours, you’d begin to piece together their story. It’s about connection and belonging – and how the world comes alive when you stop to take it in.


‘A tender story of love, grief and the transformative power of friendship’ Guardian

‘Truly one of the most beautiful stories you will ever read’ Joanna Cannon

‘Will linger longer after the final page’ Independent

‘Unique, tender and funny’ Pandora Sykes

‘A future classic’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Like nothing I’ve ever read before’ Stylist

‘An arresting debut novel about grief in the most wonderfully oblique way’ Reverend Richard Coles

‘Just magic’ Kate Sawyer

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A powerful story of losing ourselves and each other - and how the natural world can find us and put us back together again
Joanna Glen
I devoured this in forty-eight hours, it being about my very favourite reading topic: dysfunctional families and the many ways in which they can both fracture and heal. Its connection to the natural world makes this extra-special and almost poetic. A triumph
Jennie Godfrey
Lyrical and evocative, Small Hours is a book like no other, a beautiful testament to the importance of family and what it's truly like to be human
Awais Khan