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Ingenious Pain

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780340682081

Price: £9.99

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‘ANDREW MILLER’S WRITING IS A SOURCE OF WONDER AND DELIGHT’ Hilary Mantel

‘ONE OF OUR MOST SKILFUL CHRONICLERS OF THE HUMAN HEART AND MIND’ Sunday Times

Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award

‘Astoundingly good’
The Times

‘Dazzling’
Observer

‘Timeless’
Spectator

The extraordinary prize-winning debut from Andrew Miller – a highly imaginative, atmospheric first novel

At the dawn of the Enlightenment, a man is born unable to feel pain. A source of wonder and scientific curiosity as a child, he rises through the ranks of Georgian society to become a brilliant surgeon. Yet as a human being he fails, for he can no more feel love and compassion than pain. Until, en route to St Petersburg to inoculate the Empress Catherine, he meets his nemesis and saviour.


PRAISE FOR ANDREW MILLER

‘Unique, visionary, a master at unmasking humanity’
Sarah Hall

‘A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts’
Independent on Sunday

‘A highly intelligent writer, both exciting and contemplative’
The Times

‘A wonderful storyteller’
Spectator

Reviews

A wild adventure through 18th-century England and Russia, medicine, madness, landscape and weather, rendered in prose of consummate beauty
Books of the Year, Independent
Dazzling . . . Miller tackles notions of mortality and humanity to brilliant effect . . . truly wonderful
Evening Standard
A true rarity: a debut novel which is original, memorable, engrossing and subtle
Guardian
Strange, unsettling, sad, beautiful and profound . . . the sense of period is brilliantly handled
Literary Review
More than merits comparison with the likes of Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus and Patrick Süskind's Perfume . . . a blistering debut
Time Out
The novel's evocation of the period, down to the finest detail, is thoroughly confident . . . a startling novel
Independent on Sunday
A finely wrought and provocative novel
Daily Telegraph
Impressive
Mail on Sunday
Gripping . . . a dazzling debut
Observer
A really remarkable first novel, original, powerfully written . . . Miller's narrative is gripping and his imagination extraordinary
Sunday Telegraph
An extraordinary first novel . . . one is constantly delighted with strange and vivid imagery, fresh and startling metaphors, flashes of insight, deft twists of plot and resonant variations on dominant themes . . . a mature novel of ideas soaked in the sensory detail of its turbulent times
New York Times Book Review
Exceptionally intelligent and elegant . . . remarkable for its feeling and its humane sensibility
Sunday Times
Timeless and thought-provoking . . . it is something very rare in modern fiction, a true work of art
Spectator
Astoundingly good . . . it shines like a beacon
The Times