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Edward, a young astronomer, has lost his memory. He recognizes some of the things in his cottage but can't recall anything about the woman called Naomi who has left him a message. Bit by bit he recovers his shattered past.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 15mm | 168g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140268596
  • 9780140268591

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Edward is sitting at a cafe table when he realises that he has no idea how he came to be there. Gradually, the terrifying knowledge dawns on him that two whole years of his life have been blanked out. Medical advice tells him he is suffering from a retrograde amnesia. Fragments of memory should return within days or weeks but without a warning. Was the cause a breakdown? Stress at work? Relationships? Thubron ably conveys his character's panic and fear as he tracks down his past coming nearer and nearer to the dreadful truth. Edward is an astronomer studying black holes, 'the ghosts that haunt our universe'. His research is a metaphor for the book: 'the entry into a black hole to re-emerge into a different universe and perhaps travel backwards through time'. Some fine writing. Thubron can convey the landscapes of the mind as well as those of the country. (Kirkus UK)show more

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25 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 20% (5)
4 32% (8)
3 24% (6)
2 16% (4)
1 8% (2)
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