Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in Lon- don. He is known for the reports, manifestos and media interventions he has made as General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. His novel Men in Space has been published by Alma in 2007 and his new novel C has just been short- listed for the Man Booker 2010.
'one of the great English novels of the past ten years' Zadie Smith 'a refreshingly idiosyncratic, enjoyably intelligent read.' The Guardian 'Remainder is an intelligent and absurd satire on consumer culture.' The Times 'McCarthy's prose is precise and unpretentious. His anti-hero is a sympathetic Everyman, and it is difficult to resist the dominion of his obsession... its minatory brilliance calls for classic status.' The Independent '...strangely gripping... Remainder should be read (and, of course, reread) for its intelligence and humour.' TLS 'The storyline mesmerizes in its imaginative brilliance... the novel explores complex philosophical ideas about beingA" in a simple and direct way..' The Sunday Telegraph 'Enthralling, dotted with dark humour and undoubted originality... it really sticks around in the mind, nagging at one afterwards, and the most complimentary thing that can be said about this novel of repeating scenes is that it really does deserve to be read a second time.' The Irish Times 'This isn't how we expect a novel to be, but it's why it's a very good novel indeed. It trains you out of a certain way of thinking.' London Review of Books
Available for the first time on audio, -McCarthy's (www.surplusmatter.com) crafty 2007 debut novel tells of an unnamed Londoner who suffers terrible injuries and memory loss upon being struck by "something falling from the sky." Emerging from a coma, he receives an 8.5 million settlement and uses the money to stage elaborate reenactments of events he either remembers or has imagined, in order to jog his memory and discover something about himself that is "authentic." As the reenactments grow more complex, dangerous, and, eventually, deadly, what McCarthy's amoral everyman discovers is dystopia. Actor/musician James Langton's sly, steady narration adds to the tension of this clever story. Highly recommended for appreciators of experimental/literary fiction. [McCarthy is the author of the Booker Prize-nominated novel C, the Tantor Audio edition of which also received a starred review, LJ 11/15/10.-Ed.]-Beth Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.