Jacob's Folly

Rebecca Miller

I, the being in question, having spent nearly three hundred years lost as a pomegranate pip in a lake of aspic, amnesiac, bodiless and comatose, a nugget of spirit but nothing else, found myself quickening, gaining form and weight and, finally, consciousness
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A brilliantly original novel about love, family, and human folly, by the author of the Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy Summer Read The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy Summer Read The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Masha Edelman yearns for a life on the stage and to escape her strict religious family. Miles away, in a safe suburban neighbourhood, family man Leslie Senzatimore longs to be a hero. They have little idea of what lies ahead for them. Through a cosmic sleight of hand enters Jacob, a man who has travelled a long way through time, and is determined to make his mark on the lives of these two strangers. What follows is a rollicking, sparkling story of kinship, freedom and belonging.


Jacob’s Folly is an extraordinary book. Miller’s writing is vigorous, powerful and riveting. I was constantly surprised by the flights and dips of narrative, and its complexity, while from start to finish her wit and the clear, true characters kept the book grounded. A magnificent achievement”
Sadie Jones, Author Of The Outcast

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“A wonderful book - fresh, original, always surprising, with delightfully drawn characters. Rebecca Miller is an excellent novelist”
Kate Atkinson

“A highly imaginative exercise that turns out to be comic, raucous and tender, sometimes all at once”
sunday Telegraph

“Miller’s prose is rich. Eccentric, witty, highly original”
the Times

“Original and imaginative, this beautifully written novel is a witty and moving read; magical realism darkly filtered through a European eye”
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Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller worked as a painter and actress before becoming a writer and director. She is the author of the short story collection Personal Velocity, her feature film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. She is also the writer-director of Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and most recently, the novel and film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which was selected for Richard and Judy’s summer reading club. Jacob’s Folly is her third book.