The Panopticon
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The Panopticon

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JENNI FAGAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR FICTION AND THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2013

Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce, but she is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. Sitting in the back of a police car, she finds herself headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders where the social workers are as suspicious as its residents. But Anais can't remember the events that have led her there, or why she has blood on her school uniform...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 234g
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099558645
  • 9780099558644
  • 31,432

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"Written with great verve and brio ... An astonishing debut, I have a feeling that Fagan is a name we will hear more of."
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"It's in the Margaret Atwood/The Handmaid's Tale vein - very literary and suspenseful...Set in an altered reality - one that feels familiar and yet deeply unfamiliar, that embodies some of the dailiness of life, and yet slowly reveals itself to be a very different, much more sinister place." -- Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL "Each page sparkles with the ebullient and sinister magic of great storytelling ... An utterly magnificent achievement." * Irvine Welsh * "Not just uncompromising and courageous. I think it's one of the most cunning and spirited novels I've read for years... An intelligent and deeply literary novel." -- Ali Smith "Written with great verve and brio ... An astonishing debut, I have a feeling that Fagan is a name we will hear more of." -- Jackie Kay "The 15-year-old heroine and narrator, has a rough, raw, joyous voice that leaps right off the page and grabs you by the throat...This punkish young philosopher is struggling with a terrible past, while battling sinister social workers...The glorious Anais is unforgettable." * The Times *
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About Jenni Fagan

Jenni Fagan was born in Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She graduated from Greenwich University with the highest possible mark for a student of Creative Writing, and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA. A published poet, she has won awards from Creative Scotland, Dewar Arts and Scottish Screen among others. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Jenni was selected as one of the Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013 after the publication of her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Panopticon. Her most recent novel, The Sunlight Pilgrims, was shortlisted for The Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award.
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4,215 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 23% (958)
4 37% (1,540)
3 26% (1,114)
2 10% (407)
1 5% (196)
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