The bestselling novel of cursed books, quantum physics and the power of love
If you knew a book was cursed, would you read it?
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.
With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.
“Ingenious and original”
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“A breakneck thriller of a plot … Entertainingly, mind-bendingly weird … Thomas writes with marvellous panache … An accomplished, impressive thought experiment for the 21st century”
new York Times
“Brilliant … The mixture of intellectual discussion with a thriller plot should please fans of Umberto Eco”
Ursula K. Le Guin
“An intellectual rollercoaster”
Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her novels include Bright Young Things, PopCo, Our Tragic Universe, The Seed Collectors and, most recently, Oligarchy. She is Professor of Creative Writing & Contemporary Fiction at the University of Kent.