Friday Morning Bookclub

February 22, 2011

Mr. Chartwell By Rebecca Hunt

Filed under: Book Recomendations,Mr. Chartwell — susanbright @ 3:46 pm


Mr. Chartwell is like nothing I have ever read before. I must admit that I was  skeptical at first, but ended up reading this clever, insightful book in one day. The main character is a big black dog, who walks upright on two legs and prefers to be called  Mr. Chartwell, or Black Pat.

 Black Pat had been a frequent visitor of Winston Churchill for years. This six-foot seven black dog would lay on his chest, making it difficult for him to get up or sit beside him chewing rocks making so much noise that Churchill could barely hear when he was being spoken to.  His job, to make Winston Churchill miserable, to depress him.  In real life, Churchill  referred to his depression as “that black dog.”

When Esther Hammerhans, a young librarian who is approaching the two-year anniversary of the death of her husband Michael, decides to rent out a room in her home, it is Black Pat who knocks at her door.  Although she is somewhat uneasy about renting a room to a dog, she agrees to give it a  try, and  Black Pat moves in.

Rebecca Hunt’s debut novel is a witty, thought-provoking book about depression, which like Black Pat can only be seen and felt by its victims. It is the story of two people, one who has been fighting depression for many years and one who is in danger of becoming a victim to the Black Dog. Once I got past the whole big black talking dog concept, I found the book to be a clever, worthwhile read.   Mr. Chartwell would be an interesting book club choice.



  1. This sounds like a fascinating book!

    Comment by Esther — March 1, 2011 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • Has anyone read this book? Is it depressing?

      Comment by Jen R. — March 4, 2011 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Jen, Mr. Chartwell is not depressing. In fact, it is actually very clever and will make you laugh at times. Afterall, how depressing can a 6’7″ talking dog be! Read it and let me know what you think!

    Comment by susanbright — March 4, 2011 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

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