At Mr B's we also own and run a micro-publisher called Fox, Finch & Tepper through which we publish great novels which have never made it to the UK or which have gone out of print but which we think should still be in the UK's bookshops and available to all book-lovers. Here they all are, so you can collect'em all!
Tim Gautreaux9,99 € 9,29 €
You may have come across Tim Gautreaux via Mr B’s before – his novel “The Missing” is our best-selling book ever. So we’re thrilled to reissue Gautreaux’s 1998 debut novel, “The Next Step in the Dance” – a dramatic emotional story that shares “The Missing”’s marshy Louisiana setting. Tiger Island is home to Paul, a contented machinist with killer dance moves and Colette his ambitious, outspoken wife. Amidst the bar brawls and boiled crab of her economically troubled hometown, Colette is hungry for a life of opportunity and sophistication. Armed with only her wits and her “tongue like a fillet knife” she heads West to California, but Paul, Tiger Island, and its wise old-timer residents refuse to let Colette go easily. We loved this novel for its tenacious protagonists, its distinctive watery setting and its fast-paced, dynamic scenes – we hope that you’ll love it too!
Patrick Suskind i Jean-Jacques Sempe9,99 € 9,29 €
A gorgeously-illustrated tale of a boy’s rural childhood, rich with heroic tree-climbing, wobbly bike-riding, crushing romantic encounters and the most fretful piano lesson of all-time! These young dramas are punctuated by the appearances of the mysterious Mr Sommer, our boy narrator’s enigmatic neighbour, who spends his days striding ceaselessly through the countryside with no apparent purpose or destination. The partnership of Patrick Süskind’s funny and animated prose and Sempé’s colourful, spirited artwork is a match made in heaven. A classic pastoral novella with an irresitible sense of humour and unexpectedly dark edges from one of Germany’s finest writers and France’s greatest illustrators. We simply had to bring this small but perfectly formed masterpiece back into print.
Peter Hedges9,99 € 9,29 €
Gilbert Grape has a lot going on. He is a grocery store assistant in a small American town, the son of a hugely obese woman, brother to five clashing siblings and lover to a middle-aged married mother-of two. He also has a killer crush on the beautiful mysterious girl who has just arrived in his dwindling hometown. But by far his biggest burden – and his greatest love – is caring for his mentally-disabled brother Arnie: a sweet, fun-loving, obstinate boy, an accidental daredevil, a near constant flight risk and a serial scaler of watertowers. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is the fifth publication from Fox, Finch & Tepper, Mr B’s very own publishing effort. We created Fox, Finch & Tepper in 2014 to rediscover undercelebrated books with a strong sense of place and memorable characters. With his sardonic humour, and his dysfunctional family Gilbert Grape is exactly the kind of character who we think deserves to be discovered by more readers. And if you’ve seen the excellent critically-acclaimed film with Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, we can assure you, the book is even better!
Gloria Naylor9,99 € 9,29 €
From behind the battered doors of an apartment block, come the stories of seven courageous black women. Each has suffered knocks and setbacks, each has lived a life defined by social injustice, each has finally found herself here – in Brewster Place. From stoic Mattie to sassy Etta, from righteous Kiswana to baby-mad Cora Lee, the women of Brewster Place are united in their resilience, their humanity and their collective ambition for brighter futures. Poignant and gritty, The Women of Brewster Place is a remarkably powerful portrait of strength and hope, set against the backdrop of underprivileged urban America.
Calvin Trillin9,99 € 9,29 €
A fantastically funny and offbeat novel featuring the unlikeliest of heroes. Murray Tepper is a quietly successful and inventive marketing man, who enjoys nothing better than a great parking spot on the busy streets of New York. Once he’s found a space, Murray parks up, reads his paper and waves on other hassled drivers desperate to nab his spot – despite their frustrations, Tepper isn’t going out! When fellow New Yorkers get word of Murray’s strange antics they become convinced that he must be doing something far more profound than reading. Before he knows it, in his pursuit of a quiet life and a beautiful spot, Murray Tepper has become an oracle, a celebrity and the chief irritant of the city’s draconian mayor. We love this great New York parking novel with its dry humour, and great dialogue so much that we named a third of our publishing company after its eccentric leading man!
D'Arcy Niland9,99 € 9,29 €
Julian Sayarer9,99 € 9,29 €
“Iberia” is Julian Sayarer’s account of his impromptu journey across Portugal and Spain, from Lisbon towards Barcelona, undertaken during a pandemic on an old blue bicycle named Miles Finding himself in Lisbon amidst a pandemic, Julian Sayarer decides simply to ride. Through hazy landscapes and on baked roads, he pedals east. During long hours in the saddle, his thoughts traverse matters big and small – hopping from post-colonial culpability to the supremacy of an orange picked at the roadside. Across 900 miles of sun-drenched olive groves, vast mountainscapes, and dormant towns glimpsed through driving rain, Sayarer’s journey is punctuated by fleeting, beautiful moments of human connection. Iberia is a celebration of a shared humanity and community found in a uniquely fragile time. The 7th publication from Mr B’s sister publishing house, Fox, Finch & Tepper, “Iberia” marks our first original non-fiction publication and the beginning of our expansion beyond reissuing lost gems.