Love and Other Thought Experiments

Love and Other Thought Experiments

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'Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald' Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail

'An act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing - a huge emerging talent here' Fiona Shaw

'A towering literary achievement' Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

'Philosophy meets fiction in this beguiling and intriguing novel of minds, hearts, other worlds, love, death and everything in between. It's a book that dances and dazzles with ideas and left me thinking long after I finished it' Sophie Kinsella

Rachel and Eliza are hoping to have a baby. The couple spend many happy evenings together planning for the future.

One night Rachel wakes up screaming and tells Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. She knows it sounds mad - but she also knows it's true. As a scientist, Eliza won't take Rachel's fear seriously and they have a bitter fight. Suddenly their entire relationship is called into question.

Inspired by some of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind, Love and Other Thought Experiments is a story of love lost and found across the universe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 26mm | 382g
  • Corsair
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472154592
  • 9781472154590
  • 19,664

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Ward's ingenious fiction debut stands in a tradition of philosophical fiction: Voltaire's Candide, Sartre's Nausea . . . [Her] writing is often moving, exuberant and sensitive . . . gifts of bravura wit and imagination * Guardian * A game changer * Rena Brannan, Diva magazine * Love and Other Thought Experiments is brilliant and playful. From the first page you know you're in a unique and compelling universe of Ward's making -- Elizabeth Reeder, author of Ramshackle Elegant, erudite, brave and moving, Sophie Ward's debut is a stunning achievement -- Beatrice Hitchman, author of Petite Mort Sophie Ward is an innovative and highly sophisticated writer -- Blake Morrison Love and Other Thought Experiments is acutely original and thought-provoking. From beginning to end it is beautifully observed, intelligently constructed and deftly handled. Love and Other Thought Experiments is as multi-faceted as a diamond; a true philosophical hoard; a book I shall always treasure -- Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh I loved Love and Other a Thought Experiments. Each chapter works as a story, immersive and compelling, and then the wider structure takes over, the harmonics sound out, and it accumulates into a universe of its own. Really ingenious, full of wisdom, full of love -- Richard Beard Sophie Ward's writing is as clear as a knife sounded against a glass and just as attention-grabbing. Fiction, fable and philosophy combined together with real human folly and fate at its heart. This book is as hard to pin down as it's impossible to forget -- Janet Ellis, author of How It Was Ward has achieved something quite extraordinary: a super-smart metaphysical romp that's also warm, wistful and heartfelt. A book that declares, winningly, that just because it's all in your head, it doesn't mean it's not real. * the Daily Telegraph * Philosophy meets fiction in this beguiling and intriguing novel of minds, hearts, other worlds, love, death and everything in between. It's a book that dances and dazzles with ideas and left me thinking long after I finished it
Sophie Kinsella -- Sophie Kinsella Love and Other Thought Experiments is a towering literary achievement. Sophie's prose is exquisite and her storytelling powerful, poignant and utterly gripping. An astonishing debut * Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things * It is an act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing - a huge emerging talent here -- Fiona Shaw In Love and Other Thought Experiments, Ward proposes to alter the colour of her readers' minds . . . But the success of Ward's venture inevitably depends on the quality of the writing. This is often moving, exuberant and sensitive. We care about her characters and share their hopes and fears. Ward's investigation and practice of empathy is easily the best thing in the book. * the Guardian * Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald -- Elizabeth Day
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About Sophie Ward

Sophie Ward is an actor and writer. Her book, A Marriage Proposal; The importance of equal marriage and what it means for us all, was published by Guardian short books in 2014. She has a degree in Philosophy and Literature and her PhD at Goldsmiths focused on the use of narrative in philosophy of mind.
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