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The Gone-Away World

By Nick Harkaway

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Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2009
The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it s on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out but there s more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and geek nirvana, The Gone-Away World is a story of among other things love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes however unlikely they may seem.

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The literary debut of 2008 - part adventure, part comic opera, part geek nirvana

About the Author

Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He studied philosophy, sociology, and politics at Clare College, Cambridge, and then worked in the film industry. The Gone-Away World is his first novel. He lives in London with his wife.

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"Its scope and ambition are extraordinary, its execution is often breathtaking, and its style is by turns hilarious, outrageous, devastating, hip and profound ... Hugely entertaining" * Independent on Sunday * "Breathtakingly ambitious ... A bubbling cosmic stew of a book, written with such exuberant imagination that you are left breathless by its sheer ingenuity" * Observer * "[A] post-apocalyptic triumph ... Immensely rewarding ... Genuinely terrifying" * The Times * "A stunning debut" * Scotland on Sunday * "Exuberant...Wildly inventive" -- Michael Gove * The Times *

EAN: 9780099519973
ISBN: 0099519976
Publisher: Windmill Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.5 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A truly stunning debut novel. Nick Harkaway has created a world so tantalizingly real the reader feels almost part of it as he or she delves into the complex, but ultimately brilliant plot. This is one of those books that cannot be summed up in a few sentences, so do not worry if the synopsis sounds a bit strange. Without giving anything away, this book made me laugh, it made me immensely sad, and it made me grip the covers ever tighter during the action sequences. A truly great novel. Look out for Harkaway, he's proven himself a master of the written word already.

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