A Million And More

Nearly three years have passed since I wrote HANSON DRAKE. Three years marked by more than a million letters and emails sent from people around the world asking questions about Hanson Drake’s life.

What can I tell them? Tell you?

~ Briar Kit Esme ~

Cover

The Twenty-Five Deeds of Hanson Drake—a novel by Briar Kit Esme.

Hanson Drake

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Blurb

It isn’t all just kismet. Some of it is serendipity. Some of it is sagacity. A lot of it is doing the right thing simply because we can. The difference between those who don’t and those who do, is that those who do, do. It doesn’t get any more complicated than that.

~ Hanson Drake ~

Hanson Drake has five hundred million in the bank and a house on the beach overlooking the ocean. As the writer of the world’s favourite song, he hasn’t had to do a day’s work in his life.

Stung into action by a derisive article in a national newspaper, Hanson Drake decides to change his life by becoming a volunteer at a country house.

He vows to do at least one good deed every day in the twenty-four days leading up to Christmas, hoping to secure salvation and redemption for his wasteful life.

In helping others—and learning to celebrate the ordinariness and eccentricities of the people he meets—he finally understands his place in the universe.

But what does fate have planned for Hanson Drake?


Reviews

Simply terrific.

★★★★★

An instant classic.

★★★★★

An astonishingly moving journey from start to finish.

★★★★★

HANSON DRAKE tickles the soft underbelly of the British middle classes. There’s something reminiscent of Jerome K. Jerome or P. G. Wodehouse in Briar Kit Esme’s gently comic writing.

★★★★★

The loveliest and the best novel I’ve read, without question.

★★★★★

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. And once more, wonderful.

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Curiosity when I started reading, turned to wonderment after a few pages.

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Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written.

★★★★★

A triumph of modern English literature.

★★★★★

A book you’ll treasure your whole life.

★★★★★

A life-enhancing, life-changing masterpiece.

★★★★★

Everyone should read HANSON DRAKE.

★★★★★

Read it now. Share it with your family. Give it to all of your friends.

★★★★★

Was sceptical about the all the five-star reviews before I read the book. Not sceptical any longer. Now a fully fledged evangelist. You took me into another world, and I just want to stay there.

★★★★★

I absolutely love HANSON DRAKE. I’ve learnt that I can’t always do everything, but I can always do everything I can.

★★★★★

This is a great book. Very well written and a wonderful story about the real spirit of giving. I will read it again and recommend it to my friends.

★★★★★

An uplifting and beautiful story that makes the heart soar, the soul sing, and the world taste a whole lot sweeter.

★★★★★

Highly enjoyable and thought provoking. And highly, highly recommended.

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What a lovely book. Hanson is a sympathetic character and your heart warms to him. Well worth a read.

★★★★★

Really enjoyed HANSON DRAKE. Recognisable, realistic characters. Interesting philosophical ideas. Loved the Bowie references.

★★★★★

A fun-filled good book. Everyone will find something to enjoy. Read it.

★★★★★

I thought I knew exactly how the book was going to end. I was so wrong.

★★★★★

I laughed and cried; sometimes on the same page.

★★★★★

I’m not sure if I just read an advent story or a craftily worded philosophic treatise. Either way, I’ll certainly be in line to buy Briar Kit’s next novel.

★★★★★

I sat down to read one chapter. Ended up reading the whole book. Who doesn’t want to meet a man like Hanson Drake?

★★★★★

Bought membership to ‘Public Treasures’ thanks to your book. A triumph.

★★★★★

Deceptively simple. It was only when I reached the final chapters that I realised just how deep and perceptive a novel HANSON DRAKE really is.

★★★★★

Please write a prequel to describe Hanson Drake’s earlier life.

★★★★★

I could see the BBC making HANSON DRAKE into one of those serialisations that they usually do for Dickens’ stories. Would be a festive hit.

★★★★★

The chapter about Talulah Bowles was so moving. The final scene reduced me to tears. I can’t believe I cried, but it seemed to be the least I could do.

★★★★★

Is HANSON DRAKE a book about faith or the rejection of faith?

★★★★★

My three children and I really enjoyed the story of ‘Great Scott’. Any chance you’ll be publishing it as a separate picture book or series?

★★★★★

We now frame the moral-imperative question as: What would Hanson do?

★★★★★

Can you settle an argument that has been raging in our family for the last six months and actually explain ‘The Riddle Of The Five North Poles’?

★★★★★

I have read HANSON DRAKE six times so far.

★★★★★

I really am anxious to know about Haladdin and his family.

★★★★★

I read to ‘The End’ of the book and then the ‘Warning’. I couldn’t bear to read the ‘Epilogue’ or the ‘Postscript’.

★★★★★

As an archaeologist, you can imagine how much I enjoyed the chapter about Amelia Platelli. If only all archaeological digs had a pig like Ethel. The filthy car―well, that is accurate.

★★★★★

There’s such an important message in the ’Fawn’, but I struggled to know if I should read it to my kids or not. In the end, I did, and then we discussed the issues it raises. Parents should read ahead and decide whether it is suitable for their children.

★★★★★

HANSON DRAKE is both a great novel that is simple, and a simple novel that is great. A book that will still be read one hundred years from now.

★★★★★

The chapter about Noah Guilmard-Mistry reduced me to tears and gave me hope. Stunningly simple and simply stunning.

★★★★★

Christmas will never be the same again after reading HANSON DRAKE.

★★★★★

Three cheers for the acerbic Christopher Hitchingly. He’s the one who has got ‘quite a tongue’.

★★★★★

I can only think of two things that would improve curling up on the sofa on a cold winter’s evening with HANSON DRAKE: a hot water bottle and a mug of hot chocolate―topped off with marshmallows, of course.

★★★★★

I so want to attend a ‘Solstice Breakfast’.

★★★★★

I love ‘qwayle’―it will make playing Scrabble so much easier.

★★★★★

I hated Vincent Virgo at first sight, but grudgingly admired him by the end of the chapter. Very clever writing. Very, very clever.

★★★★★

There are waiters in hotels all over the country who are now carefully studying the faces of their guests as they eat their breakfasts.

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Huzzah for Hanson Drake. We finally have a Christmas character capable of knocking Scrooge off his festive perch.

★★★★★

Jon Kerking. The man’s a legend, Anson.

★★★★★

A book that can be. Enjoyed by. All the family. Rare enough. These days. (I did. Love. Gordon.)

★★★★★

Is there a family anywhere on the planet that doesn’t know someone exactly like Gwen? #OnMyMobileBabes

★★★★★

Lady Lucia―she’s the key, isn’t she?

★★★★★

I read the book twice. Laughed and cried repeatedly. Was going to plead with you to rewrite the ‘Fawn’ because I found the chapter so distressing. But then I read it a third time and realised that what Jon Kerking says at the end is pivotal to understanding Hanson Drake and why, in turn, the ‘Fawn’ chapter itself is needed. A dark and terrifying beauty.

★★★★★

One minute you’re chuckling at Gordon and Gwen and are immersed in a highly benevolent vision of Middle England, and the next you are thrown by the moving chapters about Talulah Bowles, River Becken, and the fawn―let alone by the drama, delight, and devastation of the closing pages.

★★★★★

Is Mako’s proverb a real Japanese saying? ‘The philosopher sees the world in the garden. The poet sees the garden in the world.’

★★★★★

I laughed, cried, laughed, laughed, cried, and then understood my very existence in a whole new light. No other story has made me feel this good about myself, let alone about humanity as a whole.

★★★★★

A beautiful, wonderful, wondrous novel.

★★★★★

Briar Kit’s delightful novel is a wonderful tale about generosity, doing the right thing, and passing on the blessings that have been given to us.

★★★★★

Beautiful. Brilliant. Moving. Joyful.

★★★★★

A wonderful book about kindness. And the death of David Bowie?

★★★★★

Hanson Drake is a name that will live on in literature.

★★★★★

Someone has got to make HANSON DRAKE into a film.

★★★★★

Fantastic read. Fantastic characters. Fantastic book.

★★★★★

Brilliant. Magical. Enthralling. My life, luck, and outlook have all changed for the better after reading HANSON DRAKE. The story moved me in ways I never imagined possible. Thank you, Briar Kit. Thank you.

★★★★★

A clever and heartwarming story. I wasn’t sure, at first, when I came up against some of the clipped single-word sentences. But the style grew on me. Merged into the norm. And by the first few days of Advent, I was hooked. I loved it. It is one of those seemingly simple tales like ‘The Alchemist’ which makes you feel good. Great characters, lovely story, and it would make a perfect film, TV series, or radio drama, unless, like so many commissioners of our programmes, you like tales of woe. Nice one.

★★★★★

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