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When Arthur Hayman, an unsuccessful screenwriter turned children's book author, is accidentally hit by a cement truck in London, his dying moments are spent with a passing American tourist, Laurie Clow, who is fated to bring posthumous fame to his obscure series, "The Hayseed Chronicles, "and the enigmatic and sinister Mr. Toppit who is at the center of the books. While Arthur doesn't live to reap the benefits of his books' success, his legacy falls to his widow, Martha, and their children--the fragile Rachel, and Luke, reluctantly immortalized as the fictional Luke Hayseed, hero of his father's books. But others want their share of the "Hayseed "phenomenon, particularly Laurie, who has a mysterious agenda of her own that changes all of their lives as Martha, Rachel, and Luke begin to crumble under the heavy burden of their inheritance.

Spanning several decades, from the heyday of the postwar British film industry to today's cutthroat world of show business in Los Angeles, "Mr. Toppit "is a riveting debut novel that captures an extraordinary family and their tragic brush with fame to wonderfully funny and painful effect.

About the Author

Charles Elton worked as a designer and editor in publishing before becoming a director of the Curtis Brown literary agency. Since 1991 he has worked in television and for the past ten years has been the executive producer in drama at ITV. Among his productions are the Oscar-nominated short Syrup, The Railway Children, Andrew Davies’s adaptation of Northanger Abbey, and the recent series Time of Your Life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513910
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Elton, Charles
Subject:
Fiction : Family Life
Subject:
Fiction : Coming of Age
Subject:
Fiction : Satire
Publication Date:
November 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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