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‘A novelist to turn to if you want to laugh and cry on alternating pages’ LOTTIE HAZELL, author of Piglet

‘A triumph’ JENNIE GODFREY, author of The List of Suspicious Things

If you stood before sunrise in this wild old place, looking through the trees into the garden, here’s what you’d see:

A father and son, a fox standing between them.
Jack, home for the first time in years, still determined to be the opposite of his father.
Gerry, who would rather talk to animals than the angry man back under his roof.

Everything that follows is because of the fox, and because Jack’s mother is missing. It spans generations of big dreams and lost time, unexpected connections and things falling apart, great wide worlds and the moments that define us.

If you met them in the small hours, you’d begin to piece together their story.

Equal parts uplifting and moving, with a cast of unforgettable characters, Small Hours is the tender yet powerful new novel from Bobby Palmer, author of Isaac and the Egg.


‘Such a beautiful, emotional read’
‘I was swept away in the story and yes I may have shed a tear or two’
‘Bobby Palmer takes every raw human emotion that we aren’t always good at voicing, and manages to describe them 100% correctly… he voices the words in your heart’
‘Like nothing I’ve experienced before and I can’t get enough’
‘I promise you, this is novel that will stay with you a long time’


‘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


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