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The Absolute Book By Elizabeth Knox

The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

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The Absolute Book Summary

The Absolute Book: Some stories stay with you, others you can never leave . . . by Elizabeth Knox

Discover this extraordinary contemporary fantasy, a spellbinding mix of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, American Gods and His Dark Materials

'MIND-BLOWING'
LAINI TAYLOR
'ASTOUNDING'
FRANCIS SPUFFORD
'GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN'
DEBORAH HARKNESS
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Taryn Cornick barely remembers the family library. Since her sister was murdered, she's forgotten so much.

Now it's all coming back. The fire. The thief. The scroll box. People are asking questions about the library. Questions that might relate to her sister's murder.

And something called The Absolute Book.

A book in which secrets are written - and which everyone believes only she can find. They insist Taryn be the hunter. But she knows the truth.

She is the hunted . . .

The Absolute Book is a tale of sisters, ancient blood, a forgotten library, murder, revenge and a book that might just have the answer to everything.
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'Astonishing. Gripping. Hugely ambitious. An extraordinary conclusion. Admire the sheer scope and grandeur' DAILY MAIL

'Contains multitudes, spanning the geographies of Canada, Britain and New Zealand; the cosmologies of fairies, demons and angels; and the genres of thriller, domestic realism and epic fantasy . . . I'm in awe of it' NEW YORK TIMES Review of Books

'Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE ABSOLUTE BOOK has something for everyone . . . Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful' DEBORAH HARKNESS, author of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

'Fantastical' THE TIMES

'Gorgeous. The payoffs and reveals are mind-blowing'
LAINI TAYLOR, author of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

'An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book' FRANCIS SPUFFORD

The Absolute Book Reviews

Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE ABSOLUTE BOOK has something for everyone: the search for a mysterious book, talking ravens, police detectives and academics, gods and demons, a giant saltwater crocodile, the bucolic English countryside and magical gates to hidden worlds. Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful -- Deborah Harkness * author of A Discovery of Witches *
An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book -- Francis Spufford
Gorgeous. The payoffs and reveals are mind-blowing -- Laini Taylor * author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone *
Reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or His Dark Materials - this is a masterpiece -- Dan Kois * Slate *
A triumph. Book where the best hearts meet the best minds meet the best imaginations are few and far between -- Pip Adam
An enchanting weaving together of mythologies and a meeting of worlds, all bound up with the power of stories and the fate of the ultimate book. Far-reaching and profound, this is a novel to lose yourself in -- Alison Littlewood * bestselling author of A Cold Season and The Hidden People *
Every page is a declaration of love for story, for literature, for libraries -- Maria McMillan
An ambitious, gripping, and multifaceted [novel], animated by a sharp imagination * SFX *
A murder, a mysterious library and something called the Absolute Book feature in this fantastical new outing * The Times *
A tour de force. Ursula Le Guin would have loved this book -- Jane Stafford
The power is in the skill and pace of Knox's storytelling, the perfect spinning of the intricate plot, the sharp dialogue and luminous evocation of place -- Charlotte Grimshaw
Gripping and hugely ambitious, the broad narrative flood sweeps us on to an extraordinary conclusion * Daily Mail *
A bibliophile's daydream * Scotland on Sunday *
A propulsive parallel-worlds fantasy epic about the power of stories and storytelling * Guardian, 'What to look forward to this year' *
Contains multitudes, spanning the geographies of Canada, Britain and New Zealand; the cosmologies of fairies, demons and angels; and the genres of thriller, domestic realism and epic fantasy. Reading the book is like holding folds of shot silk to the light, finding green flash in something that looks purple, and appreciating how thoughtfully the warp and weft embrace each other. I'm in awe of it * New York Times Review of Books *
A mind-blowing optical illusion of a novel. This grand ode to Story itself is one that begs for a reread * Booklist *
Full of intrigue, mystery, magic, and history, this is a fascinating read that is hard to put down * Buzzfeed *
If you love a little supernatural magic and mystery, you will love this clever blend of myth, religion, folklore and reality, as the story draws the reader into the realm of faerie and demon, immersing us in a fantasy world where bliss can be found * Living Edge *
One of those books which will never let you go. A beautiful, fantastic, ride that travels from one end of the earth to the other and beyond, Knox takes you on a journey that will amaze and astound you . . . The Absolute Book takes readers on a journey they won't soon forget. Fantastic and wondrous, it is a delight and will leave readers wistful for a world as magical as the one she's created * Blogcritics *
The dream for any book lover - a story about the importance of stories and all the ways we pass them on * Foyles *
Reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or His Dark Materials - this is a masterpiece -- Dan Koi * Slate *
Every page is a declaration of love for story, for literature, for libraries -- Maria McMillan
A tour de force. Ursula Le Guin would have loved this book -- Jane Stafford
The power is in the skill and pace of Knox's storytelling, the perfect spinning of the intricate plot, the sharp dialogue and luminous evocation of place -- Charlotte Grimshaw
An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book -- Francis Spufford, bestselling author of 'Golden Hill'

About Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth Knox is an award-winning New Zealand author who has published over a dozen books. Her novel The Vintner's Luck won the Deutz Medal for fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the 2001 Tasmania Pacific Region Prize, while Daylight was short-listed for Best Book in the South Pacific & South East Asian Region of the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. Elizabeth has an ONZM, is an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate, and won the Prime Minister's Award of Fiction in 2019. She teaches World Building at Victoria University and lives in Wellington, New Zealand with her husband and her son.

Additional information

NGR9780241473924
9780241473924
0241473926
The Absolute Book: Some stories stay with you, others you can never leave . . . by Elizabeth Knox
New
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2021-03-18
640
N/A
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