The Possession of Mr Cave

Matt Haig

I have to tell you how it was, exactly as I saw it, because this was the end and the start of everything, wasn't it? So come on, Terence, get on with it, you don't have all day.
The Possession of Mr Cave by Matt Haig (Paperback ISBN 9781786893192) book cover

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Stop Time and The Humans


Terence Cave, owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother’s suicide and his wife’s murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family’s golden girl and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world’s malign forces, whatever that may take.

But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter’s movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction.

“A compelling book; a page-turner in the best sense of the word”
John Burnside

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“Chilling, riveting, heart-breaking”
new York Times

“A devastating portrait of one man’s relentless self-destruction”
the Times

“Cave’s grotesque zeal commands the reader’s almost voyeuristic attention, and delivers an enthralling addition to the literature of demented protagonists”

“A sleek, enthralling novel that tries to wrestle with the human condition”
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Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been published in over forty languages.

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