WINNER OF THE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION'S YOUNG QUILLS AWARD 2017
Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control . . .
Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything.
As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked. And Jack's hypnotic skills are called on as never before . . .
"The Hypnotist explores what it is to be kind, to be curious, to love and to express yourself – to be human, in other words - in the face of intense racial and sexual bigotry, cruelty and violence. It’s a passionate, important novel"
"Full of suspense and heartbreak, this is a powerful account of survival amid irrational, omnipresent hatred"
"A beautifully written story . . . it's hard to believe this is Anholt's first full-length novel . . . I can't wait to check out his next offering!"
"I was absolutely gripped: compelling storytelling with a powerful anti-racist message"
"Portray[s] a stunningly accurate historical picture of the American South in the 60’s. A fascinating tale told with confidence"