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.
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Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her previous novels include Bright Young Things, Going Out and PopCo. In 2001 she was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of the UK’s 20 best young writers. She currently teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Kent.