Vatanescu is striving for a better life, and with it a pair of football boots for his son – but his search has led him to collecting small change on the streets of Helsinki, and he needs something drastic to change his fortunes.
His lucky break comes when a fellow outcast – a hare with an injured paw – hops into his life. In rescuing the little creature from certain death, he finds not just a companion, but a source of unexpected inspiration and wisdom.
Together, the beggar and the hare embark on an adventure that is both funny and absurd. Theirs is a moving story about the meaning of friendship, with the power to change the way we see ourselves.
“A fable for our times.”
– The Times
“A surreal vision of our modern lives.”
– La Gazette Nord
“This book has a warmth, heart and humour that inspires, a firm touch on the European state of mind and European state of play, and more than enough to say about the ways of the world and their ills… as bizarre and unique as it sounds the manner of the story is eminently readable and accessible.”
“At once humorous and deeply moving, The Beggar and the Hare is a modern tour de force.”
“Witty and entertaining… an assured and beguilingly-told modern fable.
“I absolutely loved it. Funny, dark, and wonderfully absurd.”
– Amy McDonald, Waterstones Leeds
“What a lovely, lovely book this is. An absolutely endearing quirky story.”
– Becky Vowls @redcelia, A Bookworm UK, Waterstones Bedford
“A modern re-telling of The Year of the Hare…Very good. Very.”
– Baxter Belgravia @BaxterPicks, Belgravia Books
“We’re adoringThe Beggar and the Hare!!!”
– Blackwell’s Fiction @BroadFiction
“An entertaining and endearing read.”
– Claudia Sunderhauf, Waterstones Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
“If The Hundred Year Old Man… became such bestseller, it’s all reason for The Beggar & the Hare to be one too! Way better!“
– Josephine d’Or @JosephyneT, Waterstones High Street Kensington
“An interesting little book but a very enjoyable one. I really didn’t expect to be taken on such a roller coaster ride and neither did I expect to laugh quite as much as I did. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
– Lee, Goodreads
“A deceptively simple story with serious heart and moral integrity. A plea for a better world.”
–Waterstones Kingston, @WstonesKingston
Vatanescu is striving for a better life, and with it a pair of football boots for his son – but his search has led him to collecting small change on the streets of Helsinki, and he needs something drastic to [...]