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Lexicon

By Max Barry

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Words are weapons, and one man is immune, in this dazzlingly original thriller from the author of Jennifer Government.

Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died.

Few people know what really happened.

Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love.

Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run.

As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word.

Because the poets know that words can kill...

Biographical Notes

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person.

Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.

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  • ISBN: 9781444764659
  • Publication date: 20 Jun 2013
  • Page count: 400
Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success — SFX
Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable — SciFi Now
Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon — BoingBoing - Cory Doctorow
Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun — Australian
Barry's smartest dystopia yet — io9
Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense — Time Out New York
Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece — Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool
Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn — National
An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller — Time - Lev Grossman
Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan — Vogue
Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once — Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls

Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and

stays there.

— Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know
The perfect mix of philosophical play and shotgun-inflected chase scenes. Like someone let Grant Morrison loose on the Bourne identity franchise. — Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible
LEXICON grabbed me with the opening lines, and never let go. An absolutely thrilling story, featuring an array of compelling characters in an eerily credible parallel society, punctuated by bouts of laugh-out-loud humor. — Chris Pavone, author of The Expats
A spellbinding, intelligent read...a freewheeling plot intermeshed with linguistic theory and some genuinely creepy horror set-pieces — Guardian

Max Barry

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person.Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.

14th June 2013

Mulholland Newsletter

Here at Mulholland, we're busy gearing up for the publication of a very exciting book indeed. Lexicon is the new novel from Max Barry, the author of cult hit Jennifer Government, and has been described by SciFi Now as "highly entertaining and engrossing". It follows Emily Ruff as she enters into an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will, as well as Wil Parke who doesn't know why he's immune to their powers, only that he has to run from them. You can read tor.com's review of Lexicon here: Say the Magic Word: Lexicon by Max Barry As you can imagine, the power of words is the main theme of Lexicon, and this is illustrated brilliantly by intriguing excerpts scattered throughout the book. You can read a selection of them on Facebook, in handy picture form that are perfect for sharing. Words Are Weapons on Facebook To see if she's good enough to become a Poet, Emily is asked a series of strange questions. We'd love to see how you'd answer them, so take a look at the link below. Could you become a Poet? on Facebook Lexicon publishes in hardback on the 20th June and we are going to be shouting about it for all of next week. An excerpt will be available on the Mulholland Uncovered Facebook page on Monday, so we hope you check it out!

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