The Amnesiac

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Penguin, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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A gripping literary thriller from an exciting new voice in fiction

Hailed as ?one to watch ? by the UK?s Telegraph, Sam Taylor is one of the most imaginative and innovative young writers at work today. With The Amnesiac, his United States debut, he incorporates a murder mystery and a forgotten manuscript into an exhilarating and intelligent novel. When twenty-nine-year-old James Purdew returns to England from his home in Amsterdam, it is to discover what happened during three earlier years of his life that he cannot recall. What he finds, in an old house with a tragic history, is a nineteenth-century manuscript that begins to seem less and less like a work of fiction?and more like the key to his own lost past. Memory and amnesia, fiction and reality, destiny and randomness, heaven and hell?all converge to form an engrossing gothic story that is sure to appeal to fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafon?s The Shadow of the Wind.

 

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User Review  - ocgreg34 - LibraryThing

James Purdew is stuck in his Amsterdam apartment after tripping on the stairs and breaking his leg in the process. When not parked in a chair in a local bar, he spends most of his time shut in his ... Read full review

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

It’s a while since I read a book as baffling as this. The back cover barely hints at its ambition and complexity. There were moments early on where the point of view seemed to slip away from the ... Read full review

Contents

THE PLASTERCAST
5
THE SCENE OF THE CRIME
55
THE WRITING IN THE WALL
133
THE TIME MACHINE
219
AT THE CENTRE OF THE LABYRINTH
291
THE BLACK BOX
333
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About the author (2008)

Sam Taylor was born in 1970 and grew up in Nottinghamshire, UK. For eight years, Taylor worked as a journalist for the Observer.

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