The Good Mayor

The Good Mayor


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‘A triumph of tone, very moving, completely convincing’ – ANDREW MARR

‘A Baltic Brief Encounter’ – INDEPENDENT

Every morning, Mayor Tibo Krovic stops off at the local café on his way to work. He drinks his Viennese coffee with extra figs, leaves a bag of sweets for the owner, and then continues on to his office. There he awaits the arrival of his secretary: the beautiful, married, but lonely, Agathe Stopak.

In the respectable town of Dot, there is nothing the good Mayor Tibo can do about his love for Mrs Stopak. Until one day Agathe accidentally drops her lunch into the fountain and a family tragedy is revealed. In that moment, everything changes.

The Good Mayor is a magical story of fate and chance, of loss and love.

An international bestseller, published in 23 countries, this stunning novel will be loved by fans of Joanne Harris (Chocolat), Louis de Bernieres (Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and William Boyd (Love is Blind).

Product Details

Published: 16th May 2019
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 352 pages
ISBN: 9781785302374


Andrew Nicoll is the author of four novels – The Good MayorThe Love and Death of CaterinaIf You're Reading This I'm Already Dead and The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne. His debut novel, The Good Mayor, won the Saltire Award in 2008 for Scottish First Book of the Year. He works as a journalist and lives in Scotland.


'One of the best books I've ever read . . . It had a humour and lightness of touch that hooked me from the first page to the last' – Daily Telegraph

'An extraordinary achievement – original and profoundly creative' – The Scotsman

'The delicious writing takes it into a rare league' – The Sun

'A story of love, dreaming and loss . . . you will not be disappointed.' – Andrew Marr, Observer

'An exuberant, whirlwind read, with a glint of steel beneath the frothy plot.' – Guardian

'Clearly the handiwork of a master storyteller.' – Financial Times

'A literary novel and gorgeously written, old-fashioned romance.' – The Australian Women’s Weekly

'Told with fantastical detail, delightful insights and a touch of humour, this fairy tale-ish romance is a genuine treat.' – Publishers Weekly

'I couldn't predict where the story was going, nor could I look away.' – A Take from Two Cities

'This was a most quirky and pleasant read, a beautiful little gem of a story.' – Velvet Reads Books

'A poignant and emotionally involving tale, which left me wondering how large a part fate plays in the real world.' – Mrs Cooke's Books

'The Good Mayor is the perfect read for all who seek the unconventional, the peculiar. It is pure escapism, filled with a lovable array of characters who inhabit a curious town, in a forgotten part of the Baltic.' – Swirl and Thread

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