Wake Up

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A&C Black, Jun 1, 2012 - Fiction - 240 pages
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'Early nineteenth-century France had Balzac, we have Tim Pears' The Times

For John, a potato isn't just a staple food, it's also something wondrous, the secret of his success and the key to the future. With his brother, Greg, he has turned his father's greengrocery business into Spudnik, Britain's largest dealer in potatoes. Now he wants to change the world by introducing, through potatoes, edible vaccines: plants genetically modified to provide an edible alternative to injections.

But as John spins round and round the ring road avoiding his turn off to work he has to figure out how to tell his brother that deep in the Venezuelan jungle, volunteers have died during the latest illegal trials. Deaths that they have to find some way to hide. Wake Up is a book about our times, and how we are hurtling, almost silently, into a new age with implications that are unfathomable. Funny, fluent, and provocative it is a major new novel from one of our finest contemporary writers.
 

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John Sharpe is driving round the ring round; and getting steadily loopier as time goes on. Very little time passes in the course of the book. A whole heap of reflections by an unreliable narrator ... Read full review

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Contents

MONDAY 745 AM
1
Gangrene
5
MONDAY 815 AM
7
Blight
45
MONDAY 10 AM
47
Wart Disease
87
MONDAY 1130 AM
89
Dry Rot
133
Stem Canker
157
MONDAY 230 PM
159
Skin Spot
185
MONDAY 4 PM
187
Black Dot
215
WEDNESDAY 8 AM
217
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
229
A NOTE ON THE TYPE
231

MONDAY 1245 PM
135

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About the author (2012)

Tim Pears is the author of In the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Award), In a Land of Plenty (adapted into a major BBC TV series in 2001) and A Revolution of the Sun. He lives in Oxford with his wife and children.

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