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The Somnambulist

'Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. It is a lurid piece of nonsense, convoluted, implausible, peopled by unconvincing characters, written in drearily pedestrian prose, frequently ridiculous and wilfully bizarre. Needless to say, I doubt you'll believe a word of it.'So starts the extraordinary tale of Edward Moon, detective, his silent sidekick the Somnambulist and a devilish plot to recreate the apocalyptic prophecies of William Blake and bring the British Empire crashing down.With a gallery of vividly grotesque characters, a richly evoked setting and a playful highly literate style this is an amazingly readable literary fantasy and a brilliant debut.
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An amazing literary fantasy debut. Whether with the League of Extrordinary Gentleman, The Crimson and the White or Arthur and George Victoriana has never been hotter. A beautifully written tale,a fabulously flawed narrator Nothing quite like this on the Gollancz list - perfect literary crossover Perfect for fans of Mark Gatiss' The Vesuvius Club Barnes is a reviewer for, amongst others, the Times Literary Supplement

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Jonathan Barnes is a debut novelist. He graduated from Oxford five years ago with a first in English Literature. He has had various jobs in banking but is also a reviewer for numerous literary magazines and papers.

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