Must Read: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


This unique new novel is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities, heralding the arrival of a major new talent in Phaedra Patrick. This uplifting story centres around 69-year-old Yorkshire widower Arthur Pepper who gets up every day at 7.30am. He eats his breakfast, waters his plant, Frederica, and does not speak to anyone unless it is absolutely necessary. Until something happens to disrupt his routine. On the first anniversary of his beloved wife Miriam’s death, Arthur steels himself to tackle the task he’s been dreading: clearing out her wardrobe. There, hidden in a shoebox, he finds a glistening gold charm bracelet that he has never seen before. Upon examination Arthur finds a telephone number on the underside of a gold elephant charm. Uncharacteristically he picks up the phone.

And so begins Arthur’s journey – charm by charm, from York to Paris and London and even India – as he seeks to uncover Miriam’s secret life before they were married. And along the way, find out more about himself.

The paperback version of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is due for release on 29 September, £7.99 (, if you’re looking for a marvellous read with tales of adventure in the most unlikely places, then you’re bound to enjoy this fabulous new book.

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