Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. Author of the novels The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker and Tigerman, he lives in London with his wife and two children.
"Gnomon is an extraordinary novel, and one I can't stop thinking about some weeks after I read it. It is deeply troubling, magnificently strange, and an exhilarating read." -- Emily St. John Mandel, author of 'Station Eleven' "The best thing he's ever written ... It is an astonishing piece of construction, complex and witty ... It is a magnificent achievement ... He's never written a bad book, but this is the one that'll see him mentioned in the same breath as William Gibson and David Mitchell ... This book seriously just destroyed me with joy." -- Warren Ellis "This huge sci-fi detective novel of ideas is so eccentric, so audaciously plotted and so completely labyrinthine and bizarre that I had to put it aside more than once to emit Keanu-like "Whoahs" of appreciation ... It's a technological shaggy-dog tale that threatens to out-Gibson William Gibson ... It is huge fun. And it will melt your brain ... 700 odd pages power relentlessly by, only to touch down with the delicacy of a SpaceX rocket on - ah yes - the only possible ending. Whoah indeed. I wanted to give it a round of applause." * Spectator * "Trying to situate Gnomon in today's literary landscape indicates how odd a figure it cuts. It has something of the large, fine-grained restlessness of David Foster Wallace, the scale and ambition of Zadie Smith or Jonathan Franzen. But it's considerably more gonzo than any of them. It oughtn't to work. It does, though. Gnomon is that rare thing, a book that cannot be accurately summarised or described. It needs to be experienced. And the experience, though it sometimes threatens to overwhelm, is always readable, absorbing, thought-provoking and, in the final analysis, unlike anything else. This novel is its own thing, separated from the continent, not part of the main. Gnomon is an island. And an island you really should visit." -- Adam Roberts * Literary Review * "There is a glorious maximalism to the work of Nick Harkaway ... Each novel has questioned - with admirable exuberance - one of the pillars of the novel itself ... If one can level a criticism at the work of Jorge Luis Borges it would be that it is so perfectly distilled: Harkaway, on the other hand, takes the same themes and produces endless cadenzas around them. There is a brilliance to his writing, in which each idea is stretched and inverted, contorted and deformed. And he has a gift for the ingenious quip, the aphorism, the sensory simile ... Gnomon is a kind of metaphysical epic ... The surface sparkle belies a deep seriousness ... Gnomon is a serious investigation of technological possibility." -- Stuart Kelly * Times Literary Supplement *