The Book of M

The Book of M

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 28/06/2018
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The Book of M
Lyrical, emotional and wholly original
What a hauntingly beautiful and poignant tale this is. It tells the story of Ory and Max and the Forgetting. When people begin to lose their shadows and su... READ MORE
Laura at Harrogate


A vivid, touching and original debut, following the effects of an extraordinary catastrophe on very ordinary people. In the middle of a market in India, a man's shadow disappears. As rolling twenty-four-hour news coverage tries to explain the event, more cases are discovered. The phenomenon spreads like a plague as people learn the true cost of their lost part: their memories. Two years later, Ory and his wife Max have escaped 'the Forgetting' by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods in Virgina. They have settled into their new reality, until Max, too, loses her shadow. Knowing the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to the person most precious to her, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up what little time they have left before she loses her memory completely, and desperately follows her trail. On their separate journeys, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a mysterious new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. But neither could have guessed at what you gain when you lose your shadow: the power of magic. A breathtakingly imaginative, timeless story that explores fundamental questions about memory and love-the price of forgetting, the power of connection, and what it means to be human when your world is turned upside down.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008225605
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 670g
  • Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 41 mm

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The Book of M
Truly Unique Writing
I’d heard a lot of varying opinions about this book, even before I had a copy in my hands. A lot of people found it too slow, a lot of others absolutely lo... READ MORE
Aditi Nichani
The Book of M
An outstanding debut!
I am really into apocalyptic novels of late and this is an innovative and extraordinary one. It is a truly outstanding debut for an author that I will be p... READ MORE
The Book of M
Shadows and magic!
This is a puzzle of a book for me. A slow burn, with ideas that linger in the brain long after reading. Beautiful pieces of prose, infused with emotional d... READ MORE