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The Book of Strange New Things
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The Book of Strange New Things (Hardback)

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'I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .'



Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea.



The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. This momentous novel, Faber's first since The Crimson Petal and the White, sees him at his expectation-defying best.



WINNER OF THE SALTIRE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD

AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 22/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9781782114062  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Michel Faber has written nine books. In addition to the Whitbread-shortlisted Under the Skin, he is the author of the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White and Undying, his first poetry collection. The Book of Strange New Things was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and won the 2015 Saltire Book of the Year. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps and The Courage Consort, and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the UK.

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A very well written and carefully structured tale, with enough unsaid and unresolved to make it both intriguing and irritating. I did gradually warm to the central characters, although the 'natives' always remained almost unknowable, and the humanity of their various predicaments is exacerbated by their extreme situations. Rumours from home fall on increasingly 'alienated' ears, and facile biblical responses become increasingly alienating. It took a long while for me to 'get into' the story, but it was worth it, despite my feeling of being left somewhat high and dry at the end; the fact that I was frustrated indicated that I cared, and the loose ends are a reflection of what life often leaves for us - off-world or not. I suppose this will be categorised as 'science fiction', but there are no ray guns, space battles, evil emperors or cyborgs. It is an intelligent flight of fancy and indeed a book of strange new things. Recommended.

- 05/07/2015
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