'I am not Number 6. I am not a prisoner. I am a free man.'This is the classic novel of the TV series The Prisoner, by cult author Thomas M. Disch. First published in 1968, this new edition celebrates the long-awaited remake of the series, from ITV1 and the producers of Mad Men, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel.Combining the power of a great spy thriller with Orwellian science fiction, The Prisoner follows a former British secret agent who has quit the force, only to find himself trapped in an anonymous place called the Village. Known only as 'Number 6,' he struggles to maintain his identity in the face of the nameless powers-that-be, who use increasingly sophisticated and terrifying methods to extract his secrets.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 128 x 196 x 20mm | 158.76g
- 01 Apr 2010
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
One of the most remarkably talented writers around * Washington Post * [This novel is] closely based on the extraordinary TV series, far and away the finest thing the medium has done in this genre; while Disch himself is one of the best SF writers * Observer * McKellen delivers a riveting performance as the fear-inducing Number Two. This remake is smart and quick, and succeeds in ways that the original did not. There's more urgency to the storytelling, and a faster pace - accelerating the viewing thrill. * The Telegraph *
About Thomas M. Disch
Thomas M. Disch is the author of more than twenty books and twelve collections of poetry. He is widely regarded as one of the masters of twentieth-century science fiction, and received the 1999 Hugo Award for The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. He died in 2008.