Falling Sideways

Falling Sideways

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'... Hitchhiker's Guide aficionados will relish every line.' - Publishers Weekly

'Holt has a touch that is equally breezy and serious: the story's twists and revelations feel like Douglas Adams emulating David Mamet.' - Publishers Weekly

From the moment the first Homo Sapiens descended from the trees, possibly onto their heads, humanity has striven towards civilisation. Fire. The Wheel. Running Away from furry things with more teeth than one might reasonably expect - all are testament to man's ultimate ascendancy.

It is a noble story, a triumph of intelligence over adversity and so, of course, complete and utter fiction. For one man has discovered the hideous truth: that humanity's ascent has been ruthlessly guided by a small gang of devious frogs.

Books by Tom Holt:

Walled Orchard Series
The Walled Orchard

J.W. Wells & Co. Series
The Portable Door
In Your Dreams
Earth, Air, Fire and Custard
You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps
The Better Mousetrap
May Contain Traces of Magic
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages

YouSpace Series
When It's A Jar
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice
The Good, the Bad and the Smug

Expecting Someone Taller
Who's Afraid of Beowulf
Flying Dutch
Ye Gods!
Here Comes the Sun
Faust Among Equals
Odds and Gods
Djinn Rummy
My Hero
Paint your Dragon
Open Sesame
Wish you Were Here
Alexander at World's End
Only Human
Snow White and the Seven Samurai
Nothing But Blue Skies
Falling Sideways
Little People
Song for Nero
Blonde Bombshell
The Management Style of the Supreme Beings
An Orc on the Wild Side
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 195 x 28mm | 282g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1841491101
  • 9781841491103
  • 350,176

Review quote

Falling Sideways is Tom Holt's 19th comic-fantasy romp. For a change it leans (sideways, of course) towards the lunatic fringe of science fiction, with unlikely aliens and cloning techniques at the heart of its demented plot. * Nerdish hero David Perkins falls in love with a girl in a painting, Philippa, who was burned as a witch 400 years ago. By amazing coincidence a lock of her hair comes up for auction. By totally staggering coincidence, David remembers a seedy London shop c * The trouble with the cloned Philippa isn't merely that she comes expensive (Honest John asks remarkably little, but that lock of hair was GBP15,000). It's that she somehow knows too much about the 21st century and already has a boyfriend who isn't David. Wa * David's rollercoaster adventures continue with police arrest for murder, escape after a one-eyed lawyer gives him (a brand-new ploy) a cake hidden in a file, and abduction for sinister experiments aboard what certainly seems to be a UFO. The only logical * Further story convolutions are largely indescribable. Key ingredients include frogspawn, dandruff and (the secret of interstellar travel) white sugar. Soon there's more than one Philippa in circulation. Froggy transformations abound. David makes astonishing discoveries about his true identity and enormous family. Libel lawyers advise us not to quote the Microsoft jokes. * Cheerful silliness in the characteristic Holt style.' * David Langford, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW
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About Tom Holt

Tom Holt is the author of such comic fantasy classics as: Expecting Someone Taller, Who's Afraid of Beowulf?, Flying Dutch, Ye Gods!, Overtime, Here Comes the Sun, Grailblazers, Faust Among Equals, Odds and Gods, Djinn Rummy, My Hero, Paint Your Dragon and Open Sesame
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Rating details

1,465 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 19% (284)
4 35% (520)
3 34% (497)
2 9% (132)
1 2% (32)
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