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Summary

Danny Malooley's life is falling apart.

He's a single parent with an eleven-year-old son, Will, who hasn't spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash 14 months ago. He's being pursued by a dodgy landlord for unpaid rent and he's just lost his job. Struggling to find work, and desperate for money, Danny decides to do what anyone in his position would do. 

He becomes a dancing panda.

After seeing street performers in his local park raking it in, he spends his last fiver on a costume... but the humiliation is worth it when Will finally speaks to him for the first time since his mother's death. The problem is Will doesn't know that the panda is in fact his father, and Danny doesn't want to reveal his true identity in case Will stops talking again. 

But Danny can't keep up the ruse forever....

A surprising, laugh-out-loud and uplifting story of a father and son reconnecting in the most unlikely of circumstances. For fans of Nick Hornby, Mike Gayle and Jojo Moyes.

©2020 James Gould-Bourn (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Touching and often hilarious...A truly joyful read." (Press & Journal)

"Uplifting." (Woman & Home)

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Keeping mum about the story!

Is "keeping mum" a UK expression? I see they're re-releasing under a different title (dancing bear) to probably avoid confusion.

Highly recommend. This is really enjoyable, with great characters. Can easily see it being turned into a film... but that won't be as good as the book!

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